The National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) of Romania announced Thursday the initiation of a criminal investigation into a high-profile case involving the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines targeting three individuals, including former Prime Minister Florin Cîțu and former Ministers of Health Vlad Voiculescu and Ioana Mihăilă, for alleged crimes of abuse of office. In a press release, [...]

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Ade Safri Simanjuntak, Jakarta police’s director for special crime, affirmed Wednesday the existence of “sufficient evidence” warranting the identification of Firli Bahuri, the Chairman of Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), as a suspect in an alleged extortion case involving the former Indonesian Minister of Agriculture, Syahrul Yasin Limpo. The police disclosed that the charges against [...]

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The Supreme Court of India released its judgment Thursday in the case State of Punjab v. Principal Secretary to the Governor of Punjab establishing that if a Governor chooses to withhold assent to a bill sent by a State Legislature, the Governor is required to promptly return the bill, with a message for the Legislature [...]

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EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore, co-chaired the EU-Cuba human rights dialogue in Cuba, on Thursday. Gilmore stated that the agenda “recognised the impact of the embargo, and called for the release of July ’21 detainees.” He also told reporters that the US sanctions are “hurting the human rights situation” as it is [...]

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The Chinese government has increased mosque closures in the northern Ningxia region and Gansu province, according to a report released on Wednesday by Human Rights Watch. The government has previously faced international scrutiny for its treatment of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, a Chinese Muslim ethnic minority. The report describes the closure of mosques in [...]

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The German Federal Ministry of the Interior conducted raids on 16 properties that belonged to members and supporters of Hamas and Samidoun on Thursday. The extensive search resulted in the seizure of mobile phones, laptops, data carriers and documents. The federal authorities are evaluating the seized materials with the help of Islamic scholars. With the [...]

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In a press conference on Friday, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced coming reforms to its mobilization efforts. Ukraine’s military is in the midst of a recruiting crisis as the war against Russia rages on. Zelenskyy did not specify the structure of the reforms. However, Zelenskyy said that in a “challenging” meeting with his staff, “special [...]

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New York City mayor Eric Adams was accused of sexually assaulting a Florida woman three decades ago, according to a summons filed with the Supreme Court of New York on Wednesday. The summons names Eric Adams, NYPD, the NPYD transit bureau, and three unknown entities as co-defendants. The plaintiff’s claims are brought under New York’s [...]

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Israel and Hamas’s deal for a temporary ceasefire went into effect Friday morning, triggering a pause in hostilities and the resumption of the flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza. Hamas also released the first round of hostages, with Israel releasing the first round of Palestinian prisoners shortly thereafter. Israel confirmed on social media that 13 [...]

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According to BBC Persian, Iranian authorities secretly executed 21-year-old Milad Zohrevand on Thursday for his involvement in anti-government protests last year. The Hengaw Organization for Human Rights reports that Zohrevand is one of eight protesters that Iran has executed. BBC Persian reported that the prosecutor of Hamadan announced the execution of a prisoner in a [...]

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