Sex, lies and video cams: Andrew Tate turned women into slaves, prosecutors say

BUCHAREST, Feb 2 (Reuters) – The woman from Moldova thought it was love. Internet celebrity Andrew Tate had offered her a new life. They’d even discussed marriage. He asked for only one thing: absolute loyalty. “You must understand that once you are mine, you will be mine forever,” Tate told her on Feb. 4 last … Read more

UK PM Sunak sacks party chairman Zahawi over tax affairs

Zahawi found not to have been open about tax probe Independent adviser finds serious breaches of code Investigation into Deputy PM ongoing Scandal damages PM Sunak’s attempted reset LONDON, Jan 29 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak sacked Conservative Party chair Nadhim Zahawi on Sunday after an investigation found he committed a serious breach … Read more

Strong clan loyalty, locals, helped mafia boss Messina Denaro stay hidden

Mafia’s last godfather enjoyed unusually strong loyalty Omerta code of silence also helped boss stay hidden ‘Last godfather’ Messina Denaro was living near his mother PALERMO, Italy, Jan 25 (Reuters) – When Salvatore Catalano discovered that mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro had lived just a short walk from his house in the western Sicilian town … Read more

In Mexico, a reporter published a story. The next day he was shot dead

MEXICO CITY, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Just after sunset on Thursday, February 10th, two men in a white Dodge Ram pickup pulled up in front of Heber Lopez Vasquez’s small radio studio in southern Mexico. One man got out, walked inside and shot the 42-year-old journalist dead. Lopez’s 12-year-old son Oscar, the only person with … Read more

Chinese who lost relatives to COVID angry at failure to protect elderly

BEIJING, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Former high school teacher Ailia was devastated when her 85-year-old father died after displaying COVID-like symptoms as the virus swept through their hometown in the southeastern province of Jiangxi. While her father was never tested, Ailia and her mother were both confirmed positive around the same time and she believes … Read more

Brazil’s crowdfunded insurrection leaves paper trail for police

BRASILIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) – With a Brazil flag draped around his neck and his feet propped up on a dark wooden table, Samuel Faria leaned back in the Brazilian Senate president’s ceremonial chair which he had just commandeered and surveyed the chaos on the lawn outside. “It’s kicking off out there,” he said, watching … Read more

Iran executes British-Iranian national, UK condemns ‘barbaric’ act

Alireza Akbari was a former Iranian deputy defense minister Arrested in 2019, he was accused of spying for Britain UK’s Sunak calls it ‘a callous and cowardly act’ Britain had said Iran must not follow through with sentence DUBAI/LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Iran has executed a British-Iranian national who once served as its deputy … Read more

Exclusive: China in talks with Pfizer for generic COVID drug – sources

HONG KONG/BEIJING, Jan 7 (Reuters) – China is in talks with Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) to secure a license that will allow domestic drugmakers to manufacture and distribute a generic version of the US firm’s COVID-19 antiviral drug Paxlovid in China, three sources told Reuters. China’s medical products regulator – the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) … Read more

US plans to expand border expulsions for Cubans, Nicaraguans and Haitians

WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – The Biden administration is planning to use pandemic-era restrictions to expel many Cuban, Nicaraguan and Haitian migrants caught at the southwest border back to Mexico, while simultaneously allowing some to enter the United States by air on humanitarian grounds, according to three US officials familiar with the matter. This latest … Read more

‘Coup-mongering’ Bolsonarista’s battle cry reveals a radicalized Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Nearly two weeks after Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defeated far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s most fraught election in a generation, Milton Baldin arrived in the capital Brasilia to try to overturn the result. A small business owner from the deep interior of Brazil, Baldin, 55, joined … Read more