Myanmar junta extends emergency as coup anniversary marked by ‘silent protest’

Myanmar junta extends emergency as coup anniversary marked by ‘silent protest’

Junta extends state of emergency, says elections must be held ‘Current situation is under unusual circumstances,’ acting president says Streets deserted in some Myanmar cities for silent protest Protesters hold rallies in Thailand and the Philippines Feb 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta extended the country’s state of emergency by another six months, the acting president … Read more

In Mexico, a reporter published a story. The next day he was shot dead

MEXICO CITY, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Just after sunset on Thursday, February 10th, two men in a white Dodge Ram pickup pulled up in front of Heber Lopez Vasquez’s small radio studio in southern Mexico. One man got out, walked inside and shot the 42-year-old journalist dead. Lopez’s 12-year-old son Oscar, the only person with … Read more

Iran executes British-Iranian accused of spying

Alireza Akbari was a former Iranian deputy defense minister Arrested in 2019, he was accused of spying for Britain UK’s Sunak calls it ‘a callous and cowardly act’ Britain had said Iran must not follow through with the sentence DUBAI/LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Iran has executed a British-Iranian national who once served as its … Read more

Scale of alleged torture, detentions by Russian forces in Kherson emerges

KHERSON, Ukraine, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Oksana Minenko, a 44-year-old accountant who lives in the Ukrainian city of Kherson, said she was repeatedly detained and tortured by occupying Russian forces. Her husband, a Ukrainian soldier, died defending Kherson’s Antonivskyi bridge on the first day of full-scale war, she said. During several interrogations in the spring, … Read more

How India’s ruling party is tightening its grip on Kashmir

Over a million could vote in local polls for the first time BJP aims to take control of assembly from Muslim parties Pakistan accuses India of marginalizing Kashmir’s Muslims JAMMU/SRINAGAR, India, Jan 12 (Reuters) – For the first time in her life, Asha, a street cleaner in the Indian city of Jammu, will be allowed … Read more

New Year Eve spurs hope in China, censors target online COVID content

WUHAN/BEIJING, Dec 31 (Reuters) – New Year’s Eve in China prompted an outpouring of reflection online, some of it critical, about the strict zero-COVID policy the country adhered to for almost three years and the impact of its abrupt reversal this month. The sudden change to live with the virus has prompted a wave of … Read more

US plans to expand border expulsions for Cubans, Nicaraguans and Haitians

WASHINGTON, Dec 28 (Reuters) – The Biden administration is planning to use pandemic-era restrictions to expel many Cuban, Nicaraguan and Haitian migrants caught at the southwest border back to Mexico, while simultaneously allowing some to enter the United States by air on humanitarian grounds grounds, according to three US officials familiar with the matter. This … Read more

Caught in the crossfire, Peru protest deaths keep anger burning

AYACUCHO, Peru, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Edgar Prado, 51, a mechanic and driver from the city of Ayacucho in southern Peru, spent most of the day on Dec. 15 in his garage tinkering on his white Toyota Hilux pickup, even as protests began to build in the airport just a block away. At 5.56 pm … Read more

Frustration among migrants at the US-Mexico border as COVID restrictions remain

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico/WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – When Vladimir Castellanos learned that COVID-19 restrictions blocking him and other migrants from claiming asylum at the US border with Mexico may not be terminated this week, he said he felt deceived. Castellanos and his brother are Venezuelans, and they were among dozens of migrants gathered on both … Read more

Exclusive: Children among 547 detained Syrians declared dead – rights monitor

Rights group gathers list of 547 death certificates Says certificates obtained from whistleblowers Many certificates issued long after date of death BEIRUT, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Ever since Yehya Hijazi and his two sons were detained in 2012 by the Syrian government, their relatives had clung onto the hope that they were still alive and … Read more