Can aircraft technology uncover mass graves in Bosnia?

Amor Masovic has spent 28 years searching for human remains across Bosnia and Herzegovina. But in that time, there have only been a few times, no more than 20, when people have come forward with information – tips on where the bodies are buried. “The amount of information [obtained] from insiders who were involved in […]

In Pictures: Mass arrests across Russia during Navalny rallies

Thousands of people have taken to the streets across Russia’s vast expanse to demand the release of jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny, keeping up a wave of nationwide protests that have rattled the Kremlin. The police detained more than 1,000 protesters in cities across Russia’s 11 time zones, according to OVD-Info, a group that monitors […]

‘Like Wartime’: Canadian Companies Unite to Start Mass Virus Testing

TORONTO — As frustration mounts in Canada at the leaden weight of lockdowns and the glacial pace of vaccinations, a consortium of some of the country’s largest companies has launched a rapid testing program with the aim of protecting their 350,000 employees and publishing a playbook for businesses across Canada on how to reopen safely. […]

5 Killed in Indianpolis Shooting That Mayor Condemns as ‘Mass Murder’

Five people were found shot to death in a home in Indianapolis on Sunday morning, a crime that the city’s mayor denounced as an evil act of “mass murder” that amplified a recent spate of gun violence there. One of the victims was a pregnant woman, according to the authorities, who said that efforts to […]

In Pictures: Mass demonstrations engulf Russia

Russian police have arrested more than 3,000 people in nationwide protests demanding the release of opposition leader Alexey Navalny, the Kremlin’s most prominent foe. The unprecedented demonstrations in more than 60 cities – in temperatures as low as -50 Celsius (-58 Fahrenheit) – highlighted how Navalny has built influence far beyond the political and cultural […]

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 […]

Ten more bodies discovered in Libya mass grave

Mass graves have been found Tarhuna, a town 80km southeast of Tripoli formerly controlled by a militia. Forensics teams in war-shattered Libya have discovered 10 more bodies in mass graves in a town formerly controlled by a militia outside the capital Tripoli, the Government of National Accord has said. “Three bodies were blindfolded and their […]

Japan plans mass vaccination as Olympic doubts mount

Media reports mass vaccination could be completed by June, as public resistance to the Games grows. Japan aims to start vaccinating the general public against the coronavirus in May, just two months before the delayed Olympics are due to start, as more doubts emerge over whether the event will even take place this year. The […]

Cambodia begins mass treason trial of opposition activists

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – A Cambodian court on Thursday commenced the first of two mass trials against members and supporters of the country’s outlawed opposition party for allegedly plotting an attack against the government in 2019. Sixty people linked to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) were on trial on Thursday and another 77 […]

China plans further Hong Kong crackdown after mass arrest: report

The arrest of more than 50 Democrats in Hong Kong last week intensifies a drive by Beijing to stifle any return of a populist challenge to Chinese rule and more measures are likely, two individuals with direct knowledge of China’s plans told the Reuters news agency. While stressing that plans had not been finalised, the […]

Pope says women can read at mass, but still cannot be priests

Roman Catholic Church changes its law to formally allow women to serve as readers, altar servers and distributors of communion. In a step towards greater equality for women in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly allow women to do more things during mass, but reaffirmed they cannot be priests. […]

UK to boost COVID immunisation drive with mass vaccination sites

Seven centres will open on Monday as British government accelerates efforts to tackle the virus that is running rampant. The British government will open seven mass vaccination centres on Monday as part of efforts to accelerate the roll out of COVID-19 inoculations that the government wants to deliver to all vulnerable people by the middle […]

Australia, US, UK, Canada condemn Hong Kong mass arrests

Foreign ministers issue joint statement condemning last week’s arrest of more than 50 democracy activists in Hong Kong. The foreign ministers of Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada have expressed “serious concern” about the arrests of 55 democracy activists and supporters in Hong Kong last week. In a joint statement on Sunday, […]

With Mass Arrests, Beijing Exerts an Increasingly Heavy Hand in Hong Kong

Legislators are “granted the right to disapprove budgets introduced by the government,” Civil Human Rights Front, a pro-democracy group, said. “Through the primary election, the candidates only exercised their rights to debate their political stance, and the electors had the freedom to elect those who are in their favor.” But Mr. Tong, the cabinet member, […]

‘Purgatory of the Orient’: World reacts to Hong Kong mass arrests

Hong Kong police have arrested more than 50 leading democratic activists on suspicion of violating a controversial security law, prompting alarm and condemnation in the city and beyond. Wednesday’s swoop marked the biggest crackdown since Beijing imposed the law last year. It was linked to an unofficial, independently organised vote in July 2020 to select […]

Indonesia to start mass COVID vaccination drive on January 13

Indonesia will begin its nationwide COVID-19 vaccination programme on January 13, with President Joko Widodo set to be given the first jab, made by China’s Sinovac Biotech. The mass inoculation programme will begin in the capital, Jakarta, Indonesia’s Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin announced on Tuesday, while vaccinations in other regions will follow on January […]

Mass COVID-19 vaccination drive under way in Beijing

China wants to inoculate millions ahead of the Lunar New Year which falls in the middle of February. Thousands of people have been lining up in Beijing to receive their vaccinations against COVID-19, as China steps up a mass vaccination drive ahead of the Lunar New Year, which falls in February and is the country’s […]

India holds COVID vaccine drills ahead of mass inoculation drive

Nationwide drills before one of the world’s biggest vaccination programmes come day after government panel approves Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use. India has staged nationwide drills to start one of the world’s biggest coronavirus vaccination programmes as the drug regulator prepared to approve the first vaccine. Saturday’s drills saw 25 health workers receive dummy vaccines […]

E.U.’s Mass Vaccination Campaign Starts, With Nursing Homes as Focus

BERLIN — From nursing homes in France to hospitals in Poland, older Europeans and the workers who care for them rolled up their sleeves on Sunday to receive coronavirus vaccine shots in a campaign to protect more than 450 million people across the European Union. The inoculations offered a rare respite as the continent struggles […]

EU kicks off mass COVID vaccination campaign

Latest updates as EU nations launch coordinated vaccination campaign while fears grow over new coronavirus strain. European Union nations have kicked off a coordinated effort to give COVID-19 vaccinations to adults among their 450 million citizens, marking a moment of hope on the continent. Meanwhile, fears grow over a new variant of the coronavirus that […]

Armenia’s leader backs early vote next year after mass protests

The opposition is calling for PM Nikol Pashinyan’s resignation over his handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has backed the prospect of early parliamentary elections next year, after huge protests over his handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. Pashinyan wrote on Facebook on Friday that he was inviting […]

Coronavirus: Denmark to exhume millions of mink from mass graves

Move comes amid health risk fears after mink carcasses rose from the ground, pushed up by gasses from decomposition. Denmark will exhume millions of mink from mass graves after some carcasses resurfaced following a cull last month, raising concerns over health risks. Officials ordered Denmark’s entire herd of approximately 15 million mink – which are […]

Australian police arrest teenager over threat of mass shooting

Unidentified suspect expressed ‘extremely right-wing ideology’ and is focused on neo-Nazi, white supremacist and anti-Semitic material, police say. Australian police have arrested an 18-year-old male who has allegedly expressed interest in committing a mass-casualty attack, motivated by “extremely right-wing ideology”. Police on Wednesday said they expect to lay charges against the unidentified man from Albury, […]

COVID-19: Moscow starts mass vaccination amid record cases

Scientists raise concerns after Russia gives go-ahead before full trials to test safety, efficacy have been completed. Moscow has started vaccinating workers at high risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus at newly opened clinics across the city. It started the distribution of the Sputnik V COVID-19 shot via 70 clinics on Saturday, marking Russia’s […]