Police raided the home of a controversial anti-government, pro-gun pastor on New Year’s Eve to seize a gun and ammunition after receiving concerns about a person’s wellbeing. Carl Bromley, founder of the Life Connection Missionary Baptist Fellowship in Christchurch, received a voicemail and a letter in his mailbox explaining police had taken his rifle onContinue reading “Police seize rifle, 500 ammunition rounds from controversial Christchurch pastor in New Year’s Eve raid”
Sweden has created a new government agency dedicated to fighting disinformation, particularly from foreign governments such as Russia, China and Iran. The Swedish Psychological Defense Agency, based in Karlsbad and with an office in Solna, will be headed by director general Henrik Landerholm, a former ambassador, and will have 45 staff. It will work withContinue reading “Sweden Launches Psychological Defense Agency To Counter Disinformation”
Many regions in Asia saw challenges to their democratic form of governance in 2021. But there were always people who stood up to abuses of power. We look at how in Myanmar, Hong Kong, India and the Philippines.
Exclusive: Tribunal details litany of offences over six years by PC Ryan Connolly, who resigned from Merseyside force before hearing A police officer took selfies at a murder scene where a teenager had been stabbed to death, and sent “appalling” racist, homophobic and offensive images via WhatsApp, the Guardian has learned. PC Ryan Connolly fromContinue reading “UK: Police officer took selfies at murder scene and sent racist WhatsApp images”
China has recorded its fourth rise in new coronavirus cases in a row. That’s despite some 13 million people already under lockdown in the country’s Shaanxi province. The spike in cases there has produced China’s highest infection rates since the pandemic’s very first outbreak in Wuhan.
Beijing urges US to act responsibly after two near misses that it says posed serious threat to astronauts’ lives China has accused the US of ignoring international treaty obligations and engaging in irresponsible and unsafe conduct in outer space after two near misses between the Chinese space station and satellites operated by Elon Musk’s SpaceXContinue reading “China berates US after ‘close encounters’ with Elon Musk satellites”
Somalia’s president has been accused of attempting to stage an “indirect coup” after suspending his prime minister over allegations that he stole land from the nation’s army. On Monday, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed announced that he was suspending Prime Minister Mohammed Hussein Roble in the latest round in a long-running power struggle between them. Roble’sContinue reading “Somalia’s President Accused of Carrying Out ‘Indirect Coup’ After Suspending Prime Minister”
The fringe factions of the right wing erupted in anger after Trump lauded the COVID-19 vaccines. Figures from Alex Jones to Ali Alexander swiftly rebuked Trump for his pro-vaccine stance. Members of QAnon-linked Telegram channels said they felt betrayed after Trump encouraged more people to get the COVID-19 shot. The fringe factions of the right-wingContinue reading “Fringe factions of MAGA world are imploding after Trump publicly advocated for the COVID-19 jab”
The northern Chinese city of Xi’an ordered all 13 million residents to stay home in a strict lockdown on Wednesday (Dec 22), while dramatically tightening travel controls to fight a growing COVID-19 outbreak. With Beijing preparing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in February, China is on high alert as it fights local outbreaks in several cities.Continue reading “China orders 13 million Xi’an residents to stay home over COVID-19 outbreak”