Russia releases US Marine vet as part of prisoner exchange

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia and the United States have carried out an unexpected prisoner exchange in a time of high tensions, trading a Marine veteran jailed by Moscow for a convicted Russian drug trafficker serving a long prison sentence in America. read more...

Hong Kong’s free press nearly completely dismantled by Beijing, report says

Hong Kong’s free press is in “dire” straits and has been almost completely dismantled by crackdowns from China through the use of “lawfare” to curb journalistic freedom, according to a new report. The report, titled “In the Firing Line: The Crackdown on Media Freedom in Hong Kong” was published on Tuesday by the UK-based advocacy read more...

Iran has not received £400m agreed by UK at time of Zaghari-Ratcliffe release

The historic £400m debt the UK paid to Iran at the time of the release of British-Iranian dual nationals Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori has still not reached Tehran, according to Iranian government sources. read more...

Eleven in Indian religious procession die after freak electrocution

MUMBAI (Reuters) - A freak electrocution in southern India killed at least 11 people, including two children, when their vehicle snagged overhead transmission lines and burst into flame as they rode in a religious procession, authorities said on Wednesday. read more...

Russia cuts off 2 EU nations from its gas in war escalation

POKROVSK, Ukraine (AP) — Russia opened a new front in its war in Ukraine on Wednesday, cutting two European Union nations that staunchly back Kyiv off from its gas, a dramatic escalation in the conflict that is increasingly becoming a wider battle with the West. read more...

Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar sentences Aung San Suu Ky to jail for corruption

A court in military-ruled Myanmar has found former leader Aung San Suu Kyi guilty of corruption, the latest verdict in a series of secret trials. Ms Suu Kyi has been under house arrest since February 2021 when a military coup ousted her elected government. read more...

Iran court sentences 2 students to 16-year prison terms each

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A court in Iran has sentenced two students to 16-year prison terms each on charges of endangering national security, the judiciary’s spokesman said Tuesday read more...

Pakistan :Suicide blast in Karachi  kills 3 Chinese, driver

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — An explosion ripped through a van inside a university campus in southern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing three Chinese nationals and their Pakistani driver, officials said. A separatist militant group claimed responsibility and said the attack was carried out by a woman suicide bomber. read more...

Forget Satan 2! US £157bn project can wipe out Putin's nuclear missile

VLADIMIR Putin unveiled his "Satan" missile in a chilling threat to NATO - but it may struggle to bypass powerful missile defence project of the US. read more...

Elon Musk buys Twitter: How will the platform change?

Elon Musk has struck a deal to buy Twitter with a promise to reduce censorship on the platform, raising questions about what his approach will mean for the "digital town square". read more...

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