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

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

Gun-loving Bolsonaristas challenge Lula’s pledge to disarm Brazil

COMENDADOR LEVY GASPARIAN, Brazil, Dec 13 (Reuters) – When four federal police officers came to arrest Roberto Jefferson, a close ally of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the veteran politician made it clear he was going nowhere. “Run,” he told them. “You’re going to get hurt.” The former federal lawmaker then threw three adulterated stun grenades … Read more

Iran carries out second execution linked to wave of popular protests

Protester, 23, is second to be executed within a week Activists say executions are aimed at discouraging dissent Call for added nationwide protests over Rahnavard’s hanging European Union to impose more sanctions on Iran, backs protests Tehran accuses the West of meddling, targets it with sanctions DUBAI, Dec 12 (Reuters) – The Islamic Republic on … Read more

Exclusive: Legal experts help Ukraine in sexual violence investigation

KHERSON, Ukraine, Dec 11 (Reuters) – An international team of legal advisers has been working with local prosecutors in Ukraine’s recaptured city of Kherson in recent days as they began gathering evidence of alleged sexual crimes by Russian forces as part of a full-scale investigation. The visit by a team from Global Rights Compliance, an … Read more