Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was released on parole on Sunday, according to local media, six months into his year-long sentence for corruption and abuse of power. Incumbent Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin previously announced the former PM’s release on Tuesday.  Thaksin, 74, was seen leaving Police General Hospital in the Pathum Wan District of [...]

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An Italian judge ruled on Tuesday that two UN agency employees cannot be tried over the deaths of an Italian ambassador, his bodyguard and a driver in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to Rome daily newspaper Fatto Quotidiano. During a preliminary hearing, Judge Marisa Mosetti found that the UN agency employees have diplomatic [...]

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The US Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia called for an investigation into an alleged massacre of civilians taking place in Ethiopia’s Amhara region on Friday, where local rights group Ethiopia Human Rights Council (EHRC) has said over 80 people were killed following violent clashes between soldiers and a militia groupknown as the Fano.  On January [...]

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The Slovak parliament approved reforms calling for the eradication of a special prosecution branch dealing with high-level crimes in the country, as well as the lowering of punishments for financial crimes. The approval of the package of laws took place in a fast-track procedure before parliament, despite nationwide protests and statements of concern by the [...]

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A Pakistani court on Saturday sentenced former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife, Bushra Bibi, to seven years in prison for violating a marriage law when they wed in 2018, officials and a lawyer for the couple said.  The prosecution asserted Khan and his wife violated Islamic law, which says that a woman must [...]

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A Sovetsky District Court in Kazan, Russia extended on Thursday the pre-trial detention of Alsu Kurmasheva, a Russian-American journalist who stands accused of violating a law on “foreign agents.” The Kazan court previously determined the journalist’s pre-trial detention would last until February 5, though this has now been extended by two months to April 5.   [...]

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A Russian court on Thursday sentenced Darya Trepova to 27 years in prison for her involvement in the alleged terrorist attack that killed pro-war military correspondent Vladlen Tatarsky (real name Maxim Fomin) in a café in the country’s second city St. Petersburg. Trepova was charged with the April 2 attack last year after the Russian [...]

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The Senegalese Constitutional Council on Saturday released a final list of 20 presidential candidates expected to take part in the West African country’s 2024 election, notably excluding leading opposition candidate Ousmane Sonko.  The list of council-approved candidates includes incumbent President Macky Sall’s chosen successor, Prime Minister Amadou Ba, as well as former heads of government Idrissa [...]

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Ugandan opposition leader and former presidential candidate Bobi Wine said on Thursday that police had surrounded his residence and put him “under house arrest” ahead of opposition protests planned to take place later that day.  On X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, Wine shared that police and military forces were preventing him from leaving [...]

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Iranian authorities on Sunday released two journalists who spent over a year in prison for covering the death of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian woman whose arrest in Tehran by the morality police for opposing mandatory hijab standards and subsequent death in police custody sparked nationwide and global protests, local media outlets reported. Footage on social [...]

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