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Britain’s Rwanda asylum plan raises deep concerns: UN rights chief

Geneva. Switzerland Reuters Britain’s revived plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda would drastically strip back courts’ ability to scrutinise decisions and risks dealing a “serious blow to human rights”, the United Nations rights chief said on Monday. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is pushing legislation through parliament that would declare Rwanda a safe country for […]

At World Court, Palestinians seek end to Israeli occupation

The Hague, The Netherlands Reuters Palestinian representatives on Monday asked judges at the UN’s highest court to declare Israel’s occupation of their territory illegal, saying their advisory opinion could contribute to a two-state solution and a lasting peace. The requests came at the opening of a week of hearings at the International Court of Justice […]

Papua New Guinea leader vows tough response after fighting kills dozens

Sydney, Australia Reuters Papua New Guinea will give arrest powers to its military amid an eruption of tribal violence in remote highlands that saw at least 26 men killed in an ambush, Prime Minister James Marape said late on Monday. Papua New Guinea’s police commissioner David Manning is travelling to the scene of the fighting […]

Haiti judge charges widow, ex-PM over President’s assassination

Port-au-Prince, Haiti Reuters A Haitian judge in charge the investigation into the 2021 assassination of the Caribbean nation’s last President has charged some 50 people, including his widow and a former Prime Minister, according to a document leaked to local media. According to the 122-page document from Judge Walther Wesser Voltaire, made public by AyiboPost, […]

Lockbit cybercrime gang disrupted by Britain, US and EU

London, UK Reuters Lockbit, a notorious cybercrime gang that holds its victims’ data to ransom, has been disrupted in a rare international law enforcement operation by Britain’s National Crime Agency, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Europol and a coalition of international police agencies, according to a post on the gang’s extortion website on Monday. […]

Weird animals

If you study animals, humans really are odd. Our bodies and instincts mesh with the natural world, but our conscious thought, logic, morality, and love are bizarre. PICTURE: alice-photo/iStockphoto  It’s like something, or someone, dropped a conscious soul into our fleshly bodies. We have all sorts of weird theories to explain this – alien seeding, […]

Myanmar junta’s conscription plan lays bare toll of fighting rebels

Reuters The Myanmar’s military conscription plan reveals the heavy toll that months of incessant fighting against rebels have had on its troops and the struggles the generals are facing to replenish their ranks, analysts, diplomats and a defector said. The plan, which was announced this week, comes after the junta lost control of swathes of […]