Long-awaited Rwanda genocide trial starts despite suspect’s boycott

Eric Emeraux, head of the Gendarmerie's Central Office for Combating Crimes Against Humanity, Genocides and War Crimes, displays documents with a wanted poster depicting a photograph of Felicien Kabuga during an interview with Reuters at his office, about the arrest of Rwandan genocide fugitive suspect Felicien Kabuga, in Paris, France, May 19, 2020. (BENOIT TESSIER […]

Brazil’s Lula, Bolsonaro trade graft accusations in final debate

(From left to right) Brazilian presidential candidates Jair Bolsonaro (PL), Padre Kelmon (PTB), Luiz Felipe D'Avila (Novo), Soraya Thronike (Uniao), Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT), Simone Tebet (MDB) and Ciro Gomes (PDT) pose before a presidential debate ahead of the October 2 general election, at the Globo television network in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, […]

Probe reveals ‘predatory’ culture at Australia’s Antarctic research bases

SYDNEY – Women working at Australia’s isolated research stations in Antarctica face a “predatory” culture and widespread sexual harassment, according to an inquiry report published Friday. Problematic behaviour ranged from sexual jokes and taunts to unwelcome requests for sex, and even the display of pornographic material on the bases, the report said. Expeditioners described the […]

Australia to end mandatory home isolation for Covid-19 patients

SYDNEY – Australia will end the mandatory five-day home quarantine for Covid-infected people on Oct 14, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Friday, as the country scrapped one of the last remaining restrictions from the pandemic era. “We want a policy that promotes resilience and capacity-building and reduces a reliance on government intervention,” Mr Albanese said […]

Botswana removes mask mandates

A health worker receives a dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Francistown, Botswana, on March 26, 2021. (MONIRUL BHUIYAN / AFP) GABORONE / MOSCOW – Wearing masks is no longer mandatory in Botswana, announced an official press release on Wednesday. All other remaining COVID-19 protocols, like social distancing in schools and requirements for vaccination […]

Afghanistan signs deal for Russian oil products, gas and wheat

KABUL – Afghanistan has signed a provisional deal with Russia to supply gasoline, diesel, gas and wheat to Afghanistan, Acting Afghan Commerce and Industry Minister Haji Nooruddin Azizi told Reuters. Azizi said his ministry was working to diversify its trading partners and that Russia had offered the Taliban administration a discount to average global commodity […]

Indonesia approves first home-grown Covid vaccine for emergency use: media

JAKARTA – Indonesia has approved its first domestically-produced Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use for people over 18, the chief of the country’s food and drugs agency (BPOM) was quoted by news media as saying on Wednesday. The Indovac vaccine has been developed by Indonesia’s state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma and the Baylor College of Medicine […]

US V-P Kamala Harris condemns ‘disturbing’ Chinese actions in Japan speech

YOKOSUKA, JAPAN – US Vice-President Kamala Harris condemned on Wednesday “disturbing” actions by China in the Pacific while pledging to deepen “unofficial ties” with Taiwan, days after the US administration pledged its forces would defend the island.   Ms Harris made her remarks on the deck on the USS Howard destroyer during a visit to […]

Pakistan finance minister vows to tame inflation, cut interest rates

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s new finance minister, Mr Ishaq Dar, will work to rein in inflation and cut interest rates, he said on Wednesday, calling the rupee currency undervalued and promising a strong response to resolve the South Asian nation’s worst economic crisis.   In his fourth time in the role, the chartered accountant must tackle a […]