Honduras To Build 20,000-Inmate ‘Megaprison’ As Part Of Gang Crackdown

Authorities in Honduras have announced a series of measures aimed at tackling organised crime, including the construction of a 20,000-capacity “megaprison”, as well as “terrorist” designations and collective trials for members of gangs. In a late-night televised address to the nation, President Xiomara Castro said on Friday the “plan of solutions against crime” was in […]

World Leaders Join Ukraine Summit In Test Of Kyiv’s Diplomatic Clout

World leaders are gathering in Switzerland for a summit aimed at pressuring Russia to end its war in Ukraine, but the absence of powerful allies of Moscow such as China is expected to blunt its potential impact. United States Vice President Kamala Harris and the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan are […]

Putin Lays Out His Terms For Ceasefire In Ukraine

Vladimir Putin has said Ukraine would need to withdraw troops from territories Russia claims to have annexed before a ceasefire could begin – a proposal Ukraine’s president called a Hitler-like “ultimatum”. Volodymyr Zelensky has long said Ukraine will not negotiate with Moscow until Russian forces leave all Ukrainian territory, including Crimea. The Russian president also […]

Pope Urges Ban On ‘Lethal Autonomous Weapons’ In Historic G7 Speech

Pope Francis called on Friday, for a ban on “lethal autonomous weapons”, as he became the first pontiff to address the G7 with a speech on the perils of artificial intelligence. “In light of the tragedy that is armed conflict, it is urgent to reconsider the development and use of devices like the so-called ‘lethal […]

South African President Ramaphosa set for re-election as DA gives backing

South Africa’s newly elected parliament has convened to choose the country’s next president, with the country on a political knife-edge since last month’s election. Lawmakers meeting on Friday are expected to re-elect President Cyril Ramaphosa to form an unprecedented coalition government after his governing African National Congress (ANC) party cobbled together a coalition deal following […]

UN Security Council Demands End To Siege Of El-Fasher In Sudan’s Darfur

The United Nations Security Council has approved a resolution demanding that Sudan’s paramilitary Rapid Support Forces halt the siege of el-Fasher in North Darfur region and end fighting in the area. The resolution, approved in a vote of 14-0 with Russia abstaining on Thursday, expressed “grave concern” at the spreading violence and reports that the […]

Biden Pledges Not To Pardon Son Or Commute Sentence

US President Joe Biden said on Thursday that, he would not pardon his son Hunter or commute any sentence following Hunter’s conviction on charges of lying about his drug addiction while buying a handgun. In the historic first criminal prosecution of a sitting US president’s child, a jury on Tuesday found Hunter Biden guilty on […]

US Supreme Court Rejects Bid To Restrict Abortion Pill

The US Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a bid to restrict an abortion pill widely used in the United States to terminate pregnancies. The court, in a unanimous opinion, said the anti-abortion groups and physicians challenging the medication, mifepristone, lacked the legal standing to bring the case. Abortion rights are one of the key issues […]

EU Threatens Tariff Hike Of Up To 38% On Chinese Electric Vehicles

The European Union will hike tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles (EVs) on July 4, unless Beijing fail to agree a “solution” to subsidies that the bloc says are distorting its markets. The European Commission said on Wednesday that it would raise tariffs on Chinese carmakers to 38 percent, up from the current level of 10 […]

More Than 80 People Dead In DR Congo After Boat Capsizes

More than 80 people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have died after the boat they were travelling on sank. This is was announced President Felix Tshisekedi. The accident on Wednesday occurred on the Kwa River, about 70km from the city of Mushie in Mai-Ndombe province. The incident was caused by night sailing, […]