Afghan vice-president accused of abducting, torturing rival

Afghan vice-president accused of abducting, torturing rival

Afghanistan’s First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum denied on Tuesday accusations that he had ordered a political rival to be abducted, beaten and sexually abused in a case that sparked Western calls for a full and fair investigation. Dostum, a former warlord with a history of accusations of human rights abuses, was witnessed by hundreds of […]

Ronaldo, Mourinho among top football personalities accused of tax evasion

Ronaldo, Mourinho among top football personalities accused of tax evasion

A group of European media outlets on Friday published what it claims are details of tax arrangements made by several top football players and coaches, including Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. The news outlets – which include German weekly Der Spiegel, Spanish daily El Mundo and French investigative website […]

British photographer accused of child rape found dead in Paris

British photographer accused of child rape found dead in Paris

British photographer David Hamilton, accused of raping French TV-host Flavie Flament when she was 13 years old in 1987, was found dead in his Parisian home on Friday, police sources said. According to a source cited by Reuters, Hamilton died of asphyxiation. His body was found by a neighbor. In a book released last month, […]

Nigeria military accused of killing at least 150 pro-Biafra protesters

Nigeria military accused of killing at least 150 pro-Biafra protesters

Nigeria’s military has killed at least 150 peaceful protesters in a “chilling campaign” to repress renewed demands to create a breakaway state of Biafra in the southeast, Amnesty International said Thursday. The military denied any “killing of defenseless agitators.” Security forces have “exercised maximum restraint” in response to violent protesters who in May killed five […]

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

France has accused Moscow and Damascus of “war crimes” in Aleppo, comparing Russian and Syrian air raids on Syria to Sarajevo during the Bosnian war, and to the carpet bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to demand Russia rein in its ally, Syrian President […]

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

Russia, Syria accused of ‘war crimes’ in Aleppo bombardment

France has accused Moscow and Damascus of “war crimes” in Aleppo, comparing Russian and Syrian air raids on Syria to Sarajevo during the Bosnian war, and to the carpet bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. At an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to demand Russia rein in its ally, Syrian President […]

US seeks to placate Erdogan on extraditing cleric accused in coup

US seeks to placate Erdogan on extraditing cleric accused in coup

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sought on Wednesday to ease tensions with Turkey over its demands for extradition of a cleric it blames for July’s failed coup, saying Washington was cooperating but needed evidence to meet U.S. legal standards. Demands for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, in exile since 1999, and Turkish perceptions of an […]

Australia accused of intentionally ignoring abuse of asylum-seekers

Australia accused of intentionally ignoring abuse of asylum-seekers

Australia is pursuing a deliberate policy of abuse in its treatment of asylum-seekers on the Pacific island of Nauru to deter others from arriving by boat, two global human rights groups said Wednesday. The report by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch is a scathing criticism of Canberra’s immigration policy under which asylum-seekers trying to […]

Melania Trump accused of plagiarising Michelle Obama speech

Melania Trump accused of plagiarising Michelle Obama speech

  Melania Trump found herself swept up in an embarrassing plagiarism scandal on Tuesday after delivering a speech at the opening night of the Republican National Convention that appeared to be in part lifted from a speech given by Michelle Obama. Up until this week, Melania Trump has played a minor role in her husband’s […]

France disciplines five soldiers accused of abuse in Central African Republic

France disciplines five soldiers accused of abuse in Central African Republic

France has disciplined five soldiers accused of physical abuse in Central African Republic, where Paris had sent peacekeepers to quell bloody sectarian violence, the defence ministry said on Saturday. There are currently three investigations under way into allegations that French troops in the country sexually abused children, but the latest case does not relate to […]

Seven accused of joining IS group in Syria go on trial in France

Seven accused of joining IS group in Syria go on trial in France

The trial of seven Frenchmen suspected of travelling to Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) group was due to get underway Monday, with one the brother of one of the perpetrators of the November 13 Paris terror attacks among the accused. The men from Strasbourg in eastern France, all aged between 24 and 26, […]