Hong Kong proposes life terms for treason and insurrection in new bill

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong unveiled a new national security law Friday that proposes life sentences for crimes such as treason and rebellion. deepening concerns about the further erosion of the city’s freedoms after Beijing imposed a similar law four years ago that virtually wiped out dissent. The proposed law will expand the government’s … Read more

Prominent Russian human rights activist Oleg Orlov gets 2 1/2 years in prison for criticizing war

a experienced human rights activist who criticized the war in Ukraine was convicted by a Moscow court on Tuesday of “repeatedly discrediting” the Russian military and sentenced to 2½ years in prison. Oleg Orlov, 70, co-chairman of the Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize human rights group Memorial had dismissed the case against him as … Read more

Russia wants to imprison the co-chair of Nobel-winning rights group over criticism of war in Ukraine

Russian authorities on Monday demanded a prison sentence of almost three years for a veteran human rights lawyer who spoke out against the war in Ukraine. The prosecutor demanded that Oleg Orlov, 70, be convicted of “repeatedly defaming” the Russian military and sentenced to two years and 11 months in prison. The demand came in … Read more

What would a new Palestinian government in the West Bank mean for the war in Gaza?

This was announced by the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority the resignation of his government This was seen Monday as the first step in a reform process the United States is pushing as part of its latest ambitious plans to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But it will do little to challenge long-standing authority lack … Read more

Afghanistan: The Taliban hold another public execution as thousands watch at a stadium

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban held a public execution of a man convicted of murder in northern Afghanistan on Monday as thousands watched at a sports stadium. This was the third death sentence carried out in the past five days. The execution took place during heavy snowfall in the city of Shibirghan, capital of the … Read more

A swap for Navalny was in the final stages before the opposition leader’s death, an associate says

Aides to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said on Monday that talks were underway shortly before his death to swap him for a Russian imprisoned in Germany. “Alexei Navalny could have been sitting here today. It is not a figure of speech,” Maria Pevchikh, who lives outside Russia, said in a video statement. She said … Read more

Shamima Begum, IS bride, loses appeal over UK citizenship

LONDON (AP) — A woman who traveled to Syria as a teenager to join Islamic State lost her appeal Friday against the British government’s decision to revoke her British citizenshipwith judges saying it was not up to them to decide whether it was “harsh” to do so. Shamima Begum, now 24, was 15 when she … Read more

IS bride stuck in Syrian refugee camp loses her appeal over the removal of her UK citizenship

A woman who traveled to Syria as a teenager to join Islamic State has lost her appeal against the British government’s decision to revoke her British citizenship. By means of PAN PYLAS Associated Press February 23, 2024, 5:33 AM ET • 4 minutes reading LONDON — A woman who traveled to Syria as a teenager … Read more

WikiLeaks’ Assange went far beyond journalism and should face spying charges, lawyers for US say

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should face espionage charges in the United States for endangering innocent lives and going beyond journalism in his effort to obtain, steal and indiscriminately publish classified U.S. government documents, U.S. government lawyers argued Wednesday. The lawyers spoke before the British Supreme Court in response to a last-ditch effort … Read more

Yang Hengjun: Australian blogger decides against appealing his Chinese death sentence

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Chinese-born Australian democracy blogger will not appeal his conditional death sentence imposed by a Beijing court, with his family saying on Wednesday that a legal challenge would be detrimental to his well-being. Yang Hengjun was found guilty of espionage after a closed trial and sentenced to death two weeks ago, … Read more