Reuters

A court in military-ruled Myanmar on Monday sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi to four years in jail on charges including possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies, a source familiar with the proceedings said.

The latest sentencing in legal proceedings that rights groups have criticised as a farce

Rome, Italy
AP

Pope Francis suggested Monday that getting vaccinated against the coronavirus was a “moral obligation" and denounced how people had been swayed by “baseless information” to refuse one of the most effective measures to save lives during the pandemic. 

Francis used some of his strongest words

Madrid, Spain/London, UK
Reuters

Europe's healthcare systems are being strained once again by the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus over the holiday period, with large numbers of key staff ill or self-isolating and experts predicting the peak of infections is yet to come.

Despite

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Reuters

Kazakhstan's security forces have detained a total of 7,939 people as of Monday over last week's unrest, the Interior Ministry said, the worst bout of violence in the Central Asian nation's post-Soviet history.

Government buildings were briefly captured or torched in several cities last

Sydney, Australia
Reuters

Australia must "push through" the fast-moving Omicron outbreak, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, as infections surpassed one million, more than half in the past week alone, throwing a strain on hospitals and supply chains.

Although aggressive lockdowns and tough border controls kept a

Kampala, Uganda

The Anglican Church of Uganda has indicated it will not allow expectant mothers to return to school after the government directed the lifting of a two-year lockdown on primary and secondary schools.

In an interview with journalists on Saturday, 8th January, at his home in Mukono District, central

London, UK
Reuters

Inventing puddings and planting trees are just some of the things Britons are invited to do for Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee, events to mark her 70th anniversary on the throne that culminate in a "blockbuster weekend of celebrations" in June.

The 95-year-old, the longest-reigning monarch

Reuters

A fire swept through a Rohingya refugee camp in southeastern Bangladesh on Sunday, destroying hundreds of homes, according to officials and witnesses, though there were no immediate reports of casualties. 

The blaze hit Camp 16 in Cox's Bazar, a border district where than a million Rohingya

Reuters

Dozens of people have died and thousands have been detained in Kazakhstan over the past week during the worst violence seen in the Central Asian nation since it became independent in the early 1990s.

Security forces appeared to have reclaimed the streets of the country's main city

Frankfurt, Germany
Reuters

The European Union plans to legislate in the coming months to require technology companies to do more to tackle child sexual abuse, beefing up current voluntary arrangements, a top official said in a newspaper interview. 

European Commissioner for Home Affairs

Almaty, Kazakhstan
Reuters

Kazakhstan's President fired two more top security officials on Sunday after the worst unrest in three decades of post-Soviet independence and authorities said the situation was stabilising, with Russian-led troops guarding key facilities.

The sacked officials were deputies to former intelligence chief Karim Massimov, who

Jerusalem, Israel
Reuters

The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem has accused radical Israeli groups of threatening the presence of Christians in the holy city, in remarks that Israeli officials rejected as baseless. 

In a column in the Times of London on Saturday, His Beatitude, Theophilos III, said he

Karachi, Pakistan
Reuters

At least 16 tourists died in freezing temperatures after being stranded in their vehicles in northern Pakistan, where thousands had flocked to enjoy the snow, officials said on Saturday.

With some 1,000 vehicles still stranded, the government has declared Murree, 64 kilometres nort-east of the

Rome, Italy
AP

A Swiss federal court has upheld a freeze on a reported €50 million in assets belonging to one of the suspects in a big Holy See fraud trial, rejecting among other things his argument that he can’t get a fair trial in the Vatican.

In

Almaty, Kazakhstan
Reuters

Kazakhstan's former intelligence chief has been arrested on suspicion of treason, the state security agency said on Saturday, as the former Soviet republic cracks down on a wave of unrest and starts to assign blame.

The detention of Karim Massimov was announced by the

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