Ex-US Justice official pleads guilty in 1MDB lobbying scandal

A former US Justice Department official has pleaded guilty to banking violations as part of an attempt to lobby Washington to drop an investigation into a money laundering and bribery scheme that pilfered billions from Malaysia's 1MDB investment fund. George Higginbotham, 46, admitted on Friday to lying to US banks while transferring tens of millions…

Former US President George HW Bush dead at 94

Former US President George HW Bush has died at the age of 94, a family spokesperson has announced. Bush Senior died on Friday, about eight months after the death of his wife, Barbara Bush. "Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died," his…

What’s the future of abortion rights in Mexico under AMLO?

Mexico City - Mexico's new government is yet to take office, but it has already reignited a fierce debate on women's reproductive rights that could end in a polarising referendum. Shortly after a landslide victory by left-wing politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the July 1 presidential elections, his to-be interior minister drew both praise…

Heavy rain turns Tijuana asylum seeker camp to mud

Tijuana, Mexico - As heavy downpours Thursday night flooded the already unsanitary encampment in Tijuana's northern side where thousands of Central American asylum seekers are being housed, authorities began moving small groups to a new government-run indoor shelter, 20km east of the US-Mexico border. A total of 700 out of the 6,000 people sheltered at the…

G7 declares ‘unwavering support’ for Ukraine over Russia standoff

Kiev, Ukraine - Foreign ministers from the world's seven biggest economies, known as the Group of Seven or G7, have condemned Russia's actions in Kerch Strait as they reaffirmed their "unwavering support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity". A statement by G7 members - the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan…

The morality of torture: A toxic legacy

Smithfield, North Carolina is a quiet backwater in the south of the United States. A short drive out of town took us to a local airport - the focus of a remarkable campaign by citizens to find out more about what they say is their state's role in a CIA post 9/11 programme of kidnap…

Torture, reform and women’s rights in Saudi Arabia

On November 20, Amnesty International published a report detailing how Saudi women's rights activists, arbitrarily arrested in a government crackdown earlier this year, have faced sexual harassment and torture during their interrogation. Citing three separate testimonies, the rights group said the detainees were held in solitary confinement and faced repeated electrocution and flogging, leaving some of…

Marriott says its database hacked affecting up to 500 million

The world's largest hotel company, Marriott International, said on Friday that up to 500 million hotel guests may have had their personal details hacked in a massive four-year-long breach of a reservation database. Marriott said its Starwood Hotels & Resorts reservation database in the United States had suffered a "data security incident" involving unlawful access…

Russian men barred from entering Ukraine

Ukraine has banned Russian men aged between 16 and 60 from entering the country for the duration of martial law after Russia seized three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors. The measure was announced on Friday at a security meeting where Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko assured that the move would "prevent the Russian Federation from forming…

Angry India farmers march on parliament to highlight farm crisis

Tens of thousands of farmers and agricultural workers marched towards the Indian parliament on Friday demanding debt waivers and higher crop prices, putting pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of 2019 general elections. "We are demanding legal rights for farmers - especially for tenant farmers and women farmers with no rights," said Kavitha Kuruganti,…

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