Rights groups in last gasp bid to stop Malaysia deportation

Groups take court action, send letters of appeal to stop Malaysia from sending 1,200 people back to Myanmar. Human rights groups have stepped up efforts to stop Malaysia from deporting 1,200 Myanmar nationals back to military-run Myanmar, sending a letter to the prime minister and filing a lawsuit on Tuesday. The group, which includes at […]

Supreme Court Denies Trump’s Final Bid to Block Release of Tax Returns

The crucial next phase in the Manhattan inquiry will begin this week when investigators collect a vast trove of digital records from a law firm that represents Mazars, according to people with knowledge of the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the investigation, as well as former […]

Supreme Court Denies Trump’s Final Bid to Block Release of Financial Records

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a last-ditch attempt by former President Donald J. Trump to shield his financial records, issuing a brief, unsigned order requiring Mr. Trump’s accountants to turn over his tax and other records to prosecutors in New York. The court’s order was a decisive defeat for Mr. Trump, who […]

Myanmar blocks internet for second night in bid to choke protests

Blackout follows 10th day of protests marked by prominent military presence and use of force in Mandalay. Myanmar was plunged into a second internet blackout on Monday night after the 10th day of demonstrations against the military coup marked by an increased presence of troops and injuries in Mandalay, the country’s second-biggest city, after police […]

Myanmar military tries ‘divide and rule’ in bid to cement power

Since seizing power from the elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, has been working to entice rival ethnic political parties into its new administration, in a sign of the divide-and-rule tactics it has long used to control the country. Saw Mu Daw*, an ethnic […]

UN envoy draws rebuke for bid to relax Venezuela sanctions

Opposition forces in Venezuela cry foul saying UN representative is falling into ‘regime propaganda’ of Nicolas Maduro. A UN envoy said US and EU sanctions on Venezuela were worsening a humanitarian crisis and recommended that the United States relax the measures, drawing criticism from the country’s opposition, who labelled it on Friday as “regime propaganda”. […]

Pfizer withdraws emergency use bid of its COVID vaccine in India

India’s Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation has declined to accept Pfizer’s request for approval without a small local trial. Pfizer Inc has withdrawn an application for emergency-use authorisation of its COVID-19 vaccine in India that it has developed with Germany’s BioNTech, the company told the Reuters news agency on Friday. The United States company, which […]

NBC Sports Network Will Shut Down in Bid to Bolster Peacock Streaming Service

NBCUniversal will shut down its NBC Sports Network cable channel by the end of the year, according to an internal memo obtained by The New York Times, and move some of its sports programming to USA Network and the Peacock streaming service. The move will shutter a reliable stream of revenue for the company — […]

Will Bobi Wine derail Museveni’s sixth term bid?

As millions of Ugandans prepare to pick the country’s president this week, the stakes could not be higher. The run-up to Thursday’s vote has been marred by restrictions on campaigning, arrests of opposition figures and deadly violence. At least 54 people were killed in November as security forces put down protests by opposition supporters. Longtime […]

Trump in last-ditch bid to keep Senate under Republican control

Georgia, USA – On the eve of an election that will determine control of the US Senate, President Donald Trump urged his supporters to vote for the Republicans in Tuesday’s twin election runoffs while still claiming, falsely, that he defeated Democrat Joseph Biden in the presidential election last November. Speaking to thousands of supporters gathered […]

UK judge to rule on US extradition bid for Julian Assange

Author:  AP article author:  AP ID:  1609753994628393600 Mon, 2021-01-04 09:14 LONDON: A British judge will decide Monday whether WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges over the site’s publication of classified American military documents a decade ago. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser is due to give her ruling […]

Trump’s bid for $2,000 stimulus cheques stalls in US Senate

United States President Donald Trump’s push for bigger $2,000 COVID-19 relief cheques stalled in the Senate on Tuesday as Republicans blocked a swift vote proposed by Democrats and split within their own ranks over whether to boost spending or defy the White House. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell threw up roadblocks to Trump’s request to […]

Indian film star Rajinikanth ends political bid over health fears

The 70-year-old Tamil action hero said he will serve the people without entering electoral politics over health concerns. Indian movie superstar Rajinikanth has cancelled his plans to enter politics, saying a health scare had been “a warning from God”. The announcement came on Tuesday, one day after the 70-year-old Tamil action hero left hospital where […]

Thousands protest new Montenegro gov’t bid to change religion law

Government accused of being pro-Serb over its plans to amend religious property law opposed by Serbian Orthodox Church. Thousands have protested in Montenegro’s capital Podgorica against the new government’s efforts to change a controversial religion law that has stoked tensions over the country’s complex relationship with Serbia. Chanting “This is not Serbia” and “Treason”, the […]

US Supreme Court rejects bid to overturn Pennsylvania vote

The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Republicans’ last-gasp bid to reverse Pennsylvania’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the electoral battleground. The court without comment refused to call into question the certification process in Pennsylvania. There were no noted dissents from any of the justices on the court, which has a 6-3 […]

Liberia votes on George Weah’s bid to cut presidential terms

Liberians are also choosing whether to repeal a 1973 ban on dual nationality, a move some hope will be an economic boon. Liberians are voting on Tuesday on President George Weah’s plan to shorten presidential terms, with critics fearing he could use the change to cling to power. Former football star Weah has told supporters […]