Australian adviser to Suu Kyi jailed for 3 years in Myanmar

An Australian professor and former adviser to Myanmar’s ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been jailed for three years by military authorities. Sean Turnell was detained in Yangon in February 2021, days after the junta arrested Ms Suu Kyi and overthrew her elected government in a coup. Along with Ms Suu Kyi, he was charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act – which they both denied. They were sentenced on Thursday in trials criticised by rights groups. Australia also said it rejected the court’s ruling, noting their citizen had been tried in a closed court run by the junta. … Continue reading Australian adviser to Suu Kyi jailed for 3 years in Myanmar

India Supreme Court rules in favour of single women over abortion rights

India’s Supreme Court has said that all women, including those not married, could get an abortion up to 24 weeks. The court ruling came on a plea seeking clarity on the amended 2021 abortion law which listed several groups that did not include single women. The court said all women, regardless of their marital status, were entitled to safe and legal abortion. It said that excluding single women in consensual relationships would be “unconstitutional”. Abortions have been legal in India since 1971, but over the years authorities have made strict rules for who can terminate a pregnancy because of abortions … Continue reading India Supreme Court rules in favour of single women over abortion rights

U.S. Embassy in Russia asks its citizens to leave the country immediately.

The U.S. Embassy in Russia has issued a new security alert for its citizens, asking them to leave the country “immediately” despite the few commercial flights due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In a statement, the diplomatic legation has warned that “commercial flights are extremely limited at present, so that at times there are none available.” However, it has confirmed that land routes remain open. “If you want to leave Russia you should make the necessary arrangements as soon as possible. The U.S. Embassy is very limited in offering assistance to Americans and conditions could become increasingly limited,” he … Continue reading U.S. Embassy in Russia asks its citizens to leave the country immediately.

Monarch removes Prince and Princess titles from 4 grandchildren

The Danish Royal House has announced changes in titles for the children of Queen Margarethe II’s youngest son Prince Joachim. The monarch’s grandchildren Prince Nikolai, 23, Prince Felix, 20, Prince Henrik, 13, and ten-year-old Princess Athena’s titles of Prince and Princess will be “discontinued” starting next year. “In April 2008, Her Majesty The Queen bestowed upon her sons, their spouses and their descendants the titles of count and countess of Monpezat. In May 2016, it was also announced that His Royal Highness Prince Christian, as the only one of The Queen’s grandchildren, is expected to receive an annuity from the state as an adult,” the Royal House … Continue reading Monarch removes Prince and Princess titles from 4 grandchildren

Mohammed bin Salman given new title in apparent bid to evade Khashoggi lawsuit

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been appointed prime minister of Saudi Arabia in an apparent bid to shield him from a US lawsuit over the murder of one of his most vocal critics. The Kingdom said it made an exception to Saudi law so that the Crown Prince can receive the title from his father, King Salman. In practical terms the appointment does not change the power structure in Saudi Arabia as the Crown Prince is already the nation’s de facto ruler. However, it may grant the Crown Prince immunity from a looming lawsuit in the United States over the murder of Jamal … Continue reading Mohammed bin Salman given new title in apparent bid to evade Khashoggi lawsuit

Western nations to improve pipeline security after Nord Stream leak

European countries say they will ramp up security around oil and gas installations after the suspected sabotage of two major pipelines. The EU, US and Nato have suggested damage to the pipelines between Russia and Germany was deliberate, but have not blamed Russia directly. Russia has said it was not involved, and asked if the US was instead. Russia has previously been accused of using gas supplies as a weapon against the West over its support for Ukraine. The leaks on the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines were discovered on Monday and Tuesday. Neither pipeline was operating … Continue reading Western nations to improve pipeline security after Nord Stream leak

Markets up after Bank of England bond-buying pledge

Stock markets in Asia and the US have risen after the Bank of England said it would buy £65bn of UK government bonds. The announcement came after Friday’s mini-budget sparked financial market turmoil and the pound plunged. Investors also demanded higher returns on government bonds, or “gilts,” causing some to slide in value. Speaking in New York on Wednesday, new UK trade secretary Kemi Badenoch defended the government’s economic policies. Hong Kong’s benchmark Hang Seng index was 1.3% higher, while Australia’s ASX 200 rose by 1.8% and South Korea’s Kospi gained 1.4%. That came after New York’s main stock indexes … Continue reading Markets up after Bank of England bond-buying pledge

Kamala Harris arrives in S Korea day after North fires missiles

US vice president Kamala Harris arrived in South Korea a day after the North fired two short range ballistic missiles off its east coast. The launch, which breaches UN sanctions, comes as the US and South Korea hold joint naval drills in the waters around the Korean peninsula. South Korea and Japan officials have condemned the “provocations”. It’s the second launch this week and part of a record year of tests by Pyongyang. And the timing is crucial – during her visit to South Korea, Ms Harris will travel to the border and the heavily fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) which … Continue reading Kamala Harris arrives in S Korea day after North fires missiles

Australia’s most-polluting coal plant to shut decade earlier than planned

Australia’s dirtiest power plant, responsible for more than 3% of the country’s emissions – will shut a decade earlier than planned. The coal-fired Loy Yang A power station in Victoria will close in 2035, its owner AGL Energy said. Australia – one of the world’s biggest emitters per capita – has long been considered a climate policy laggard. AGL is the nation’s biggest electricity generator and polluter and has come under pressure to limit fossil fuels. Loy Yang A emitted 16.6 million tonnes of greenhouse gas in 2019-20, according to most recent data. Australia in total emitted 513.4 tonnes during … Continue reading Australia’s most-polluting coal plant to shut decade earlier than planned

Tragic: Chinese national shot dead at Karachi dental clinic

An armed attacker posing as a dental patient has killed a man and injured two other people at a clinic in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi. All three were Chinese-Pakistani dual nationals and had operated the dental clinic in the area for 40 years. Detectives say the attacker, who was in his early 30s, “didn’t hurt Pakistanis” in Wednesday’s incident. The suspect managed to escape with the help of an accomplice on a motorbike. Police have identified the victims as Ronald Chow, who worked as an assistant to dentist Richard Hu, 74, and his wife Margaret, 72. According to … Continue reading Tragic: Chinese national shot dead at Karachi dental clinic

The legendary US rapper Coolio dies at 59

US rapper Coolio, known for the iconic hit Gangsta’s Paradise, has died at the age of 59. His longtime manager Jarez Posey told US media the artist was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a friend’s house in Los Angeles. Coolio started making music in the 1980s, but he cemented his place in hip hop history when he recorded Gangsta’s Paradise in 1995. The exact cause of his death on Wednesday has not yet been revealed. However Mr Posey told TMZ, which first reported the news, that paramedics believed he may have had a cardiac arrest. Coolio, whose real … Continue reading The legendary US rapper Coolio dies at 59

Sabotage to blame for Nord Stream leaks says EU

The EU has said leaks in two major gas pipelines from Russia to Europe were caused by sabotage – but stopped short of directly accusing Russia. Deliberate disruption would result in the “strongest possible response”, said the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. Ukraine earlier went further, accusing Russia of a “terrorist attack”. The EU has previously accused Russia of using gas supplies, and the Nord Stream line, as a weapon against the West. The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he thought the leaks would “not have a significant impact on Europe’s energy resilience”. Neither … Continue reading Sabotage to blame for Nord Stream leaks says EU