Russian court rejects Navalny’s appeal against jail term

The Kremlin critic appealed a ruling that turned a suspended sentence on embezzlement charges into real jail time. A Moscow appeal court on Saturday upheld a prison sentence imposed on chief Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny after he returned to Russia from Germany last month. Judge Dmitry Balashov rejected Navalny’s appeal against the February 2 ruling, […]

It’s time we stopped using the term ‘South Africa variant’

Nearly a year ago when this COVID-19 crisis was taking hold, people across the world expressed outrage at the term “China virus”. It was important to condemn such divisive and, some said, racist language. But a year later, after more than 2.3 million people across the world have died from the virus, the global economy […]

Shelby, Veteran Senator from Alabama, Won’t Seek Seventh Term

WASHINGTON — Senator Richard C. Shelby, a shrewd force in the Senate for more than 30 years and a longtime political powerhouse in his home state of Alabama, said on Monday that he would not seek a seventh term. Mr. Shelby, 86, a onetime conservative Democrat who switched to the Republican Party in 1994, had […]

Haiti president says he is staying put amid dispute over term

Haitian President Jovenel Moise has again brushed off criticism from opposition leaders and human rights groups who say his presidency expires on Sunday, insisting that his five-year mandate ends in February 2022. Moise, who has been governing without any checks on his power for the past year, said his term ends on February 7, 2022 […]

Protests erupt in Chad as Deby nominated to run for sixth term

Police in Chad fired tear gas and made several arrests as hundreds protested against President Idriss Deby’s nomination to run for a sixth term in an April election. In the capital N’Djamena on Saturday, hundreds of protesters set tyres on fire and chanted “No to a sixth term!” and “Leave, Deby!”, a witness told the […]

Vietnam’s Trong tipped to lead Communist Party for third term

Despite health issues, 76-year-old president is expected to be re-elected as party chief for rare third term. Nguyen Phu Trong, Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party chief and the architect of the country’s anti-corruption campaign, has been nominated to serve a rare third term, a Party official said on Wednesday, according to state media. On Monday, more […]

Portugal President Rebelo de Sousa wins new term in socially distanced ballot

RIO DE JANEIRO: Meggy Fernandes voted for Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s 2018 presidential election, attracted by the far-right former army captain’s promise to shake up a hidebound political establishment mired in endless graft scandals.But after watching him jettison his anti-corruption pledges, strike pacts with the politicians he vowed to shun, and, most importantly, botch Brazil’s […]

Thai court hands out record 43-year jail term for insulting king

Woman sentenced for posting audio clips to Facebook and YouTube with comments deemed critical of the monarchy. A court in Thailand has sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country’s strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy, lawyers said. The Bangkok Criminal […]

Museveni, one-time critic of clinging to power, wins sixth term

Yoweri Museveni has already ruled Uganda for 35 years – and he is now set for five more. The veteran leader was declared on Saturday the winner of Uganda’s presidential election, cementing his position among the world’s longest-serving leaders. The results, which have been rejected by the opposition, followed one of the bloodiest campaigns in […]

Church Leader in South Korea Receives Suspended Prison Term After Virus Fallout

SEOUL, South Korea — The leader of a secretive religious sect that was at the center of a coronavirus outbreak in South Korea last year received a three-year prison term on Wednesday on charges of embezzling church money. But Lee Man-hee, 89, the founder of Shincheonji Church of Jesus, was acquitted on a charge of […]

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 […]

Venezuela Supreme Court rules parliament’s term extension invalid

The court says the move by the opposition-controlled National Assembly to extend its term was invalid, paving the way for allies of President Nicolas Maduro to take over the body next month. Venezuela’s Supreme Court has ruled that a move by the opposition-controlled National Assembly to extend its term an additional year was invalid, paving […]

Japan’s Prime Minister Apologizes Over Scandal Tarring His Term

TOKYO — Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan apologized on Thursday for what he said were unintentionally false statements about a political spending scandal that has tarred the first months of his administration. The apology came hours after Japanese prosecutors said they would seek to fine an aide to Shinzo Abe, the former prime minister, […]

The New Yorkers clinging to the fantasy of a second Trump term

Hauppauge, New York – “Keep America Great” flags rippled in the wind. One woman clung to a cardboard cutout mask of United States President Donald Trump’s face. Q-Anon believers, far-right militia supporters and anti-vaxxers mingled. Upwards of a hundred people, who gathered to denounce New York State safety guidelines aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic, […]

S Korea’s ex-president handed suspended jail term for defamation

Chun, 89, was found guilty of defaming a former democracy activist who was involved in protests in the 1980s. A South Korean court has handed former President Chun Doo-hwan an eight-month suspended jail sentence after finding him guilty of defaming a former democracy activist who was involved in protests against his government in the 1980s. […]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins 2nd term in US House #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

The progressive Democrat and rising star in the party is easily re-elected in New York’s 14th congressional district in Queens and The Bronx. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been re-elected to a second term in the US House of Representatives. Ocasio-Cortez  was called the winner by The Associated Press (AP) news agency, defeating her Republican challenger […]

Gunfire erupts in Guinea as president heads for third term #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Gunfire rang out across Guinea’s capital Conakry on Friday as security forces attempted to disperse protesters after results showed President Alpha Conde winning a high-stakes election that the opposition denounced as unconstitutional. Conde, 82, won twice as many votes as his nearest rival, opposition candidate Cellou Dalein Diallo, with 37 of 38 districts counted, according […]