UN body rejects debate on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in blow to West

Narrow defeat seen as blow to West, UN credibility First attempt to put China’s rights record on agenda Muslim countries like Pakistan reject the motion China lobbies hard against debate on sidelines GENEVA, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The UN rights council on Thursday voted down a Western-led motion to hold a debate about alleged human … Read more

Russia submits objections to Ukraine genocide case in World Court

THE HAGUE, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Russia has submitted preliminary objections to a genocide case against Moscow brought by Ukraine, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said Thursday. At the ICJ, the United Nations highest court for disputes between states, parties can file preliminary objections if they believe the court does not have jurisdiction in … Read more

Russia wants secret UN vote on move to condemn ‘annexation’ of Ukraine regions

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Russia is lobbying for a secret ballot instead of a public vote when the 193-member UN General Assembly next week considers whether to condemn Moscow’s move to annex four partially occupied regions in Ukraine after staging what it called referendums. Ukraine and allies have denounced the votes in Donetsk, … Read more

Russian journalist who fled house arrest says she is innocent

Journalist confirms she has skipped house arrest Ovsyannikova defies Putin again in new video Oct 5 (Reuters) – Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, accused of spreading fake news after staging a series of lone protests against the war in Ukraine, said on Wednesday she had fled house arrest because she had no case to answer. … Read more

Biden, doctors say new abortion laws have chilling impact

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden and top White House officials announced new guidelines and grants to protect abortion and contraception rights on Tuesday, and said women’s rights have already been curtailed since the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade 100 days ago. Speaking at a meeting of the reproductive rights task … Read more

US Supreme Court leans toward Alabama in voting rights fight

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court’s conservative justices on Tuesday appeared sympathetic toward Alabama in the state’s defense of a Republican-drawn electoral map faulted by judges for diluting the clout of Black voters in a major case that could further undermine a landmark federal voting rights law. In spirited oral arguments lasting … Read more

Grim winter looms as wartime Ukraine braces for infrastructure attacks

Elderly bracing for worst winter in decades Fears that attacks could target infrastructure Families buy wood, mend windows, light stoves KHARKIV, Ukraine, Oct 4 (Reuters) – In an abandoned tower block damaged by Russian shelling in Ukraine’s second city, Olga Kobzar plans to tough out winter for as long as she can without electricity, water … Read more

Russian TV protester listed as wanted fugitive

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, famous for staging an on-air protest against Russia’s war in Ukraine, has been put on Moscow’s wanted list after her ex-husband reported she had escaped from pre-trial house judgment . Ovsyannikova, 44, was given two months’ house arrest in August, and faces up to 10 … Read more

US Supreme Court rejects challenge to ban on gun ‘bump stocks’

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court, which expanded gun rights in a major decision in June, on Monday declined to hear a challenge to a federal ban on devices called “bump stocks” that enable semi-automatic weapons to fire like a machine gun – a firearms control measure prompted by a 2017 Las … Read more

Iran’s Khamenei backs police over Mahsa Amini protests, may signal tougher crackdown

Growing public fury over woman’s death in police custody Khamenei says Amini’s death ‘deeply broke my heart’ Supreme leader blames foreign foes for ‘riots’ Anti-government protests spread to universities DUBAI, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Iran’s supreme leader on Monday gave his full backing to security forces confronting protests ignited by the death of Mahsa Amini … Read more