China opens unofficial police stations in Britain to hunt down people for their return

A family member of the man was asked to sit next to the Chinese authorities in China during the call – a move that can be interpreted as a thinly veiled threat. Other examples of possible blackmail listed by Safeguard Defenders are authorities threatening to cut electricity to the homes of families back home, or … Read more

How a PM disliked by Queen Victoria inspired her great-great granddaughter’s lying in state | UK News

Queen Victoria disliked William Gladstone, the prime minister who served her four times across four separate terms. He “addresses me as though I were a public meeting”, she complained. The exasperation was mutual. “The Queen alone is enough to kill any man,” Gladstone wrote to a friend. Queues stretch miles as public wait to bid … Read more

Teenager who killed alleged rapist ordered to pay restitution to his family

A teenager in Iowa who stabbed her alleged rapist to death has been ordered to pay his family $150,000 in restitution.  Pieper Lewis said she was raped repeatedly by Zachary Brooks, 37, when she was just 15.  On one occasion in June 2020, she grabbed a knife from a bedside table in his flat in … Read more

Desperate Russia resorts to recruiting convicts to fight in Ukraine

Russia appears to have resorted to recruiting convicts to fight alongside its infamous Wagner mercenaries in Ukraine, promising them a pardon in return for their service. A secretly-filmed video has emerged online appearing to show Wagner Group founder and financier Yevgeniy Prigozhin, an oligarch dubbed “Putin’s chef”, training up prisoners. “Wagner is expending 2.5 times … Read more

Unease among agitated pundits on Russian TV as Ukraine makes big gains | World News

As his troops lose ground in Ukraine, how is Russia’s commander-in-chief digesting the latest setback to his so-called special military operation?   Because on Russia’s talk shows, there is a definite sense of unease as the scale of Ukraine’s counteroffensive sinks in. Last Friday, one in particular made the rounds. Map shows huge scale of Ukraine’s … Read more

U.S. senators introduce bill to designate Russia state sponsor of terrorism

U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) speak during an interview with Reuters, as Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues, in Kyiv, Ukraine July 7, 2022. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Democratic and Republican U.S. senators introduced legislation on Wednesday that would … Read more

France must rethink case of IS-linked women refused re-entry, rules ECHR | Human rights

The European court of human rights has condemned France over its refusal to repatriate French women who travelled to Syria with their partners to join Islamic State and are currently being held with their children at Kurdish-run prison camps. The ruling will be studied closely by other countries who still have citizens detained in camps … Read more

Populist anti-immigration leader claims victory in Swedish elections | World News

A coalition of right wing parties have claimed victory in the Swedish elections, ousting the centre left bloc from power. Jimmie Akesson, who leads the nationalist and anti-immigration Sweden Democrats, said his party would be “a constructive and driving force” in rebuilding safety in the country, adding it was “time to put Sweden first”. The … Read more

End of Covid pandemic ‘in sight’, says World Health Organization | Coronavirus

The end of the Covid-19 pandemic is “in sight”, the World Health Organization has declared, after revealing that weekly deaths from the virus around the world were at the lowest level since March 2020. The weekly global deaths figure on 5 September 2022 was 11,118, according to the WHO’s website. March 2020 was the month … Read more

Biden and Naruhito, but no Modi: throng of leaders expected at Queen’s funeral | Queen Elizabeth II

India’s president will represent his country at the Queen’s funeral on Monday, meaning the prime minister, Narendra Modi, is not expected to be among the hundreds of foreign leaders due to attend the global spectacle. A quarter of the 2,000 places at Westminster Abbey have been reserved for heads of state and their partners, with … Read more