Ayman al-Zawahiri: from Cairo physician to al Qaeda leader

Joined Muslim Brotherhood as a teenager From a respected Cairo family Took over al Qaeda after death of bin Laden Wielded influence as ideologist, strategist Lacked bin Laden’s charisma DUBAI, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Ayman al-Zawahiri succeeded Osama bin Laden as al Qaeda leader after years as its main organizer and strategist, but his lack … Read more

Who is Viktor Bout, arms dealer linked to swap for Americans held by Moscow?

Bout dubbed ‘the merchant of death’ and ‘sanctions buster’ Was among the most wanted men in the world before the 2008 arrest Clients included rogue states, warlords in Asia, Africa Likely had ties to Russian intelligence, experts say Moscow has long sought his release from a long US jail term LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – … Read more

In fighting gun crime, Canada has an American problem

OTTAWA/TORONTO, July 27 (Reuters) – A Texas man bought dozens of guns from licensed dealers in the state before illegally reselling at least 16, US officials say. Twelve were traced to crimes committed in America. The other four were traced to crimes in Canada. The case of the 31-year-old, indicted last month on charges that … Read more

Myanmar executes four democracy activists, UN rights expert ‘outraged’

Executed includes democracy figure, former lawmaker Activists had been sentenced in January after a closed-door trial Death sentences a vile attempt to instil fear – UN experts July 25 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military authorities have executed four democracy activists accused of helping carry out “terror acts”, state media said on Monday, the Southeast Asian nation’s … Read more

Brazil indigenous defender, sidelined under Bolsonaro, gave life for ‘abandoned’ tribes

ATALAIA DO NORTE, Brazil, June 19 (Reuters) – Six tribes from Brazil’s remote Javari Valley packed into an assembly hall on June 11 to lament the disappearance of Bruno Pereira, an advisor to their collective, and Dom Phillips, a British journalist reporting on his work. Native patrolmen organized by Pereira, formerly a senior official for … Read more

Ukraine calls for more help as it holds off Russians in the east

Zelenskiy calls for action ‘not just words’ on EU membership Ukraine seeks more artillery for battle in east UN says millions globally could suffer chronic hunger Fear thousands may die from cholera in Mariupol KYIV, Ukraine, June 10 (Reuters) – Ukrainian officials pleaded for more help from the West on Friday, including quicker deliveries of … Read more

Intense fighting reported in Ukraine’s bombed-out Sievierodonetsk

Ukrainian, Russian forces fighting street by street City under day, night shelling, says Ukraine Sievierodonetsk key to Russia’s war objective Briton, Moroccan sentenced to death in separatist Donbas Rising concern over food crisis as Russia blockades ports KYIV, June 10 (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces were holding their positions in intense street fighting and under day … Read more

Two Britons, one Moroccan sentenced to death by court of Russian proxy in Ukraine

Death sentence handed down in Donetsk court Britain slams “sham ruling” Britain says men are entitled to combatant immunity LONDON, June 9 (Reuters) – Two Britons and a Moroccan who were captured while fighting for Ukraine were sentenced to death on Thursday by a court in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), one of Russia’s … Read more

Exclusive: Ukraine probes deportation of children to Russia as possible genocide

More than 20 cases on forced deportation – Kyiv’s top prosecutor International law defines forced child transfers as genocide Russia says it is providing humanitarian aid to people fleeing Russia says a quarter million children have arrived from Ukraine THE HAGUE, June 3 (Reuters) – Prosecutors investigating war crimes cases in Ukraine are examining allegations … Read more