After being fired, Israel's defense minister caught in limbo
Five days ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to fire his defense minister set off a wave of spontaneous protests and a general strike that threatened to paralyze the country, forcing the Israeli leader to suspend his divisive plan to overhaul the judicial system.
EU official says major aid to Lebanon depends on IMF deal
A European Union official visiting Lebanon says the international body will boost its humanitarian assistance to the crisis-stricken country, but that more significant long-term aid depends on reforms and a deal with the International Monetary Fund.
Ukraine marks grim Bucha anniversary, calls for justice
Ukrainians are commemorating the anniversary of the liberation of Bucha after a brutal Russian occupation a year ago left behind hundreds of dead civilians, some with signs of torture, establishing the town near Kyiv as an epicenter of the war’s atrocities.
Oscar Pistorius stays in prison after his parole is denied
Former Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was denied parole Friday after it was decided that he had not served the “minimum detention period” required to be released from prison following his murder conviction for the 2013 killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Members of exiled Chinese church detained in Thailand
More than 60 self-exiled members of a Chinese Christian church who were detained in Thailand have paid fines for overstaying their visas but remain in police custody uncertain about their legal status amid fears they would be deported against their will to their home country, where they face possible persecution.
Belarus detains Russian dad convicted in antiwar art case
Authorities in Belarus say they have detained a fugitive single father who escaped house arrest in Russia shortly before he was convicted of discrediting the army and sentenced to prison following his daughter’s antiwar sketch at school.
Tears, anger as Indonesian soccer fears FIFA sanctions
Indonesian soccer players and fans have reacted with tears and outrage after the country was stripped of hosting rights for the Under-20 World Cup only eight weeks before the start of the tournament amid political turmoil over Israel’s participation, leaving Indonesian soccer at risk of further sanctions.
Top UN court rejects Iranian bid to free assets frozen by US
The United Nations’ top court has rejected Tehran’s legal bid to free up some $2 billion in Iranian central bank assets frozen by U.S. authorities to be paid in compensation to victims of a 1983 bombing in Lebanon and other attacks linked to Iran.
Across Latin America, migrant blaze families left reeling
As images of the devastating blaze at an immigration detention center in Mexico consume news broadcasts and social media, families scattered across the Americas are suffering the consequences, reeling with agony as they await news of their loved ones.