Author: Reuters

Kremlin Says U.S. Reporter ‘Violated’ Law As Biden Calls Detention ‘Totally Illegal’

April 11 (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Tuesday that Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich had “violated Russian law” and been caught “red-handed,” one day after the U.S. State Department officially designated him as having been “wrongfully detained.” Russia’s federal security service arrested Gershkovich last month on espionage charges[Read More…]

Iran Executions Are ‘State Sanctioned Killing’ – UN Rights Chief

GENEVA, Jan 10 (Reuters) – The U.N. human rights chief said that the death penalty was being weaponised by Iran’s government to strike fear into the population and stamp out dissent, saying the executions amounted to “state sanctioned killing.” “The weaponization of criminal procedures to punish people for exercising their basic rights – such as those participating in or organizing demonstrations –[Read More…]

Olympics-Paris 2024 Organizers Warned Security And Transport A Risk By Top French Auditors

PARIS, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Organizers of the Paris 2024 Olympics need to finalize their security plans for the Games, France’s top audit body said on Tuesday, warning that the opening ceremony on the River Seine posed a major challenge and would likely need police support. In a report presented to the French parliament, the Court of Auditors made 15 recommendations to the organizing committee, highlighting concerns around a reliance on[Read More…]

WHO Urges Travelers To Wear Masks As New COVID Variant Spreads

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) – Countries should consider recommending that passengers wear masks on long-haul flights, given the rapid spread of the latest Omicron subvariant of COVID-19 in the United States, World Health Organization (WHO) officials said on Tuesday. In Europe, the XBB.1.5 subvariant was detected in small but growing numbers, WHO and Europe officials said at a press briefing.  Passengers[Read More…]

Ukrainian president’s Trip To U.S. ‘Highly Symbolic’, Aide Says

KYIV, Dec 21 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s “extremely significant” visit to the United States on Wednesday will disprove Russian attempts to show that U.S.-Ukrainian relations are cooling, a senior aide to Zelenskiy said. Political adviser Mykhailo Podolyak said Zelenskiy’s trip, including talks with President Joe Biden, provided an opportunity to explain the real situation in Ukraine, what[Read More…]