Philippine security forces arrest nine women with extremist ties

KABUL: The number of civilians killed and wounded in violence across war-weary Afghanistan fell by 15 percent last year compared to 2019, according to a United Nations report released Tuesday.The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN Human Rights Office attributed the drop in civilian casualties in part to an apparent tactical change by […]

Georgia: PM Gakhari quits over order to arrest opposition leader

Giorgi Gakharia resigns, saying the move is aimed at avoiding further polarisation in the country. Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia has announced his resignation after a court ordered the arrest of a top opposition leader, a move that prompted calls for early elections. Gakharia, who had held the post since 2019, said on Thursday he […]

After Rapper’s Arrest in Spain, His Supporters Clash With Police

Protesters in Madrid and Barcelona clashed with the police on Wednesday over the arrest of Pablo Hasél, a popular rapper who had barricaded himself in a university to evade a prison sentence for violating Spanish laws restricting speech. Mr. Hasél was arrested on Tuesday in Lleida, a city west of Barcelona, after he failed to […]

Spanish police arrest rapper convicted in free speech case

Officers in riot gear storm Lleida University, in northeastern Spain, where Pablo Hasel had barricaded himself in. Spanish police have stormed a Catalan university to arrest a rapper who barricaded himself inside after he was sentenced to jail on charges of glorifying “terrorism” and slandering the crown and state institutions. Pablo Hasel and dozens of […]

Zuma Risks Arrest After Defying South Africa Corruption Inquiry

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Jacob Zuma, the former president of South Africa whose nearly decade-long tenure was tainted by breathtaking corruption scandals, refused to appear before an inquiry panel Monday, raising the possibility that he would be imprisoned for contempt. The panel’s leader, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, said he was seeking an order […]

Arrest of young Indian activist triggers outrage

Free speech concerns raised after Disha Ravi, 22, is arrested for sharing online ‘toolkit’ with information on the farmers’ protest. The arrest of a 22-year-old Indian climate activist accused of sharing an online “toolkit” of information on the weeks-long farmers’ protests has caused outrage, with many calling it an attack on free speech. Disha Ravi […]

Nigerian police beat, arrest protesters at site of Lekki shooting

Activists called for protests after reopening of Lekki toll gate where security forces shot at demonstrators in October. Nigerian police beat and arrested demonstrators on Saturday as a small group protested over the reopening of the site where activists denouncing police brutality were shot last year in the commercial capital, Lagos. Rights group Amnesty International […]

Judge declines new arrest warrant for Kyle Rittenhouse

Prosecutors asked the judge to issue a new warrant for Rittenhouse and up his bail by $200,000. A judge on Thursday refused prosecutors’ request to issue a new arrest warrant for an 18-year-old from Illinois accused of killing two people during a police brutality protest in Wisconsin last summer. Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas […]

Springsteen ‘Visibly Swaying’ Before Drunken Driving Arrest, Police Say

The park ranger who arrested Bruce Springsteen was on foot patrol when he said he watched the rock icon drink a shot of Patron tequila. He stopped Mr. Springsteen not far from the Sandy Hook Lighthouse in a national park on the northern coast of New Jersey, according to a report filed after the musician’s […]

Venezuela grants house arrest to jailed state oil firm managers

Aryenis Torrealba and Alfredo Chirinos of PDVSA were convicted of leaking information to the US government. Venezuela has granted house arrest to two managers at state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela who were convicted on charges of divulging confidential information, their defence lawyer said in a telephone interview. Aryenis Torrealba and Alfredo Chirinos, from PDVSA’s […]

Russia issues int’l arrest warrant for Navalny ally over protests

Leonid Volkov, working from his base in Lithuania, has angered Russian authorities by organising anti-Kremlin protests. Russia has issued an arrest warrant for Leonid Volkov, a close ally of Alexey Navalny who has called on Russians to hold fresh protests this weekend demanding the release of the Kremlin critic from jail. Volkov oversees Navalny’s regional […]

Leader of al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen under arrest: UN report

UN document says Khalid Batarfi, the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was arrested in October. The leader of al-Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate has been under arrest for several months, according to a United Nations report released on Thursday, in what will be seen as a huge breakthrough in the fight against the armed group. […]

Judge issues arrest warrant for ExxonMobil Nigeria chief

The EFCC says it issued a warrant for the managing director of ExxonMobil Nigeria after he rebuffed three invitations to appear before investigators. A federal court in Abuja has signed off on a warrant to arrest the head of oil major ExxonMobil in Nigeria to compel him to appear before anti-graft investigators, a statement for the Economic […]

Myanmar lawmakers say they’re under house arrest after coup

NEW YORK: With the election this year of India, Norway, Ireland, Kenya and Mexico to the non-permanent, rotating membership of the Security Council, the 15 members of the UN body have a combined population of 3.5 billion people.“This is a significant breakthrough and worth considering,” Barbara Woodward, the UK’s permanent representative to the UN, said […]

Navalny’s brother, aides placed under house arrest

Kremlin critics say authorities are ramping up pressure on the opposition in an effort to smother dissent ahead of Sunday’s nationwide rally. The brother and aides of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny have been placed under house arrest ahead of new planned rallies where Russian authorities warned protesters could face charges of taking part in […]

Uganda ends house arrest of opposition leader Bobi Wine

The withdrawal of security forces comes a day after a court termed his confinement since the January 14 election ‘unlawful’. Ugandan troops have withdrawn from around the home of opposition leader and pop star Bobi Wine, ending his house arrest since the January 14 election, won by long-serving President Yoweri Museveni. The withdrawal of security […]

Egyptian police arrest cartoonist on 10th anniversary of uprising

Human rights and media freedom groups demand immediate release of Ashraf Hamdi, who was taken from his home after posting video tribute to 2011 uprising. Rights groups have called for the immediate release of an Egyptian cartoonist who wrote on Facebook he was being arrested shortly after posting online a video tribute to the country’s […]

Ugandan court orders police to lift Bobi Wine’s house arrest

Court tells soldiers to cease surrounding the home of the opposition leader, whose house arrest has drawn condemnation. A Ugandan court has ordered security forces to stop surrounding the home of opposition leader Bobi Wine, who has been under house arrest since the January 14 presidential election, his lawyer says. Troops have blocked the 38-year-old […]

Mass Rallies Sweep Russia in Protests Over Navalny’s Arrest

MOSCOW — From the frozen streets of Russia’s Far East and Siberia to the grand plazas of Moscow and St. Petersburg, tens of thousands of Russians rallied in support of the jailed opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny on Saturday in the biggest nationwide showdown in years between the Kremlin and its opponents. The demonstrations did […]

Russia cracks down on protests against Navalny’s arrest

Supporters of jailed opposition leader scuffle with police as Moscow cracks down on protests in dozens of cities. Scuffles broke out as supporters of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny gathered in Khabarovsk on Saturday, despite authorities taking elaborate measures to curb demonstrations planned in more than 60 Russian cities. In Moscow, which usually mobilises […]

‘Appalling’: World leaders blast Russia over Navalny arrest

Alexey Navalny has been arrested at a Moscow airport as he tried to enter the country from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from an alleged nerve agent poisoning that he blamed on the Kremlin. The Kremlin critic’s detention on Sunday at passport control in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport was widely expected as Russia’s […]

Kremlin critic Navalny takes off on plane to Russia despite arrest threat

Author:  Reuters article author:  Reuters ID:  1610897304800932100 Sun, 2021-01-17 14:56 BERLIN/MOSCOW: Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny took off on a plane bound for Russia on Sunday, to return home for the first time since he was poisoned last summer, despite Russian authorities’ stated desire to arrest him and potentially jail him for years. Navalny, one of […]

Kremlin critic Navalny heads home to Russia despite arrest risk

Alexey Navalny, who was in Germany for five months after he was poisoned, faces immediate arrest on his return to Russia. Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny took off on a plane bound for Russia to return home for the first time since he was poisoned in August, despite Russian authorities’ stated desire to arrest him and […]

Navalny Prepares to Fly to Moscow, Despite Threat of Arrest

But analysts said that despite the bureaucratic drumbeat, the final decision over Mr. Navalny’s fate would be made in the Kremlin. In years past, the authorities have avoided locking Mr. Navalny up for longer than a few weeks at a time, apparently to avoid allowing him to become a locus of opposition to President Vladimir […]