Complaints about Russia’s chaotic mobilization grow

LONDON, Sept 24 (Reuters) – The stridently pro-Kremlin editor of Russia’s state-run RT news channel expressed anger on Saturday that enlistment officers were sending call-up papers to the wrong men, as frustration about a military mobilization grew across Russia. Wednesday’s announcement of Russia’s first public mobilization since World War Two, to shore up its faltering … Read more

University of Cambridge says it gained from slave trade

General view shows the University of Cambridge. October 1, 2020. REUTERS/Matthew Childs/ Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register It did not own slaves, but got significant benefits University and benefactors invested in the slave trade Black scholars to be celebrated, supported in new schemes Museum has recommended return of Benin Bronzes to … Read more

Italy election set to crown Meloni head of most right-wing govt since WW2

Italy votes for new, slimmed-down parliament on Sept. 25 Nationalist Giorgia Meloni predicted to top the polls Pollsters say last-minute surprise not impossible Economic, diplomatic problems await next prime minister ROME, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Italy’s parliamentary election on Sunday could make history, giving the country its first female prime minister at the head of … 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

Exclusive: China seeks to stop UN rights chief from releasing Xinjiang report – document

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 5, 2018. REUTERS / Denis Balibouse Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Report on human rights in Xinjiang promised for months Chinese letter expresses ‘grave concern’ about report UN rights chief set … Read more

Forty-five nations pledge to coordinate evidence of war crimes in Ukraine

EU countries, US, UK, Canada, Mexico, Australia in deal Commit 20 million euros to assist International Criminal Court Aim is to avoid overlapping investigations in Ukraine Meeting overshadowed by missile strike in Ukraine’s west THE HAGUE, July 14 (Reuters) – The United States and more than 40 other countries agreed on Thursday to coordinate investigations … Read more

Sri Lanka protest sites calm as president’s resignation awaited

President Rajapaksa on his way to Singapore from Maldives-source Sri Lanka interim president imposes curfew in Colombo Protesters to hand back president, prime minister’s residences COLOMBO, July 14 (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s main city, Colombo, was calm on Thursday as people waited for the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who fled to the Maldives to … Read more

Sri Lankan president flees to Maldives, protesters storm prime minister’s office

President Rajapaksa flees hours before planned resignation Protesters demand ouster of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Wickremesinghe declares emergency, rolls back soon after COLOMBO, July 13 (Reuters) – Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives on Wednesday, bringing to an apparent end his family’s near two-decade dominance of the country after a massive popular … Read more

Exclusive: Myanmar’s junta rolls out Chinese camera surveillance systems in more cities

SINGAPORE, July 11 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s government board is installing Chinese-built cameras with facial recognition capabilities in more cities across the country, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said. In tenders to procure and install the security cameras and facial recognition technology, the plans are described as safe city projects aimed at maintaining … Read more

Spain turns to Africa, NATO lobbies, allies over Ukraine-driven migration

Spain hosts NATO summit this week Spain likely to push for more shared intelligence, sources Families making dangerous crossings from Africa to Canaries Morocco clamping down on migration after deal with Spain Migrant deaths in Melilla highlight dangers, NGOs say MADRID / LAS PALMAS, June 27 (Reuters) – Spain is shifting its foreign policy towards … Read more