Ringleader in Michigan governor kidnapping plot sentenced to 16 years

Ringleader in Michigan governor kidnapping plot sentenced to 16 years

Dec 27 (Reuters) – The leader of a foiled plot by members of right-wing militia groups to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was sentenced to 16 years in prison on Tuesday in a U.S. District Court, prosecutors said. Adam Fox was found guilty in August by a federal court jury in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on … Read more

COVID border restrictions on migrants to stay after U.S. Supreme Court order

COVID border restrictions on migrants to stay after U.S. Supreme Court order

WASHINGTON/CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said COVID-era restrictions at the U.S.-Mexico border that have prevented hundreds of thousands of migrants from seeking asylum should be kept in place for now, siding with Republicans who brought a legal challenge. The restrictions, known as Title 42, were implemented under … Read more

Iran carries out second execution linked to wave of popular protests

Iran carries out second execution linked to wave of popular protests

Protester, 23, is second to be executed within a week Activists say executions are aimed at discouraging dissent Call for added nationwide protests over Rahnavard’s hanging European Union to impose more sanctions on Iran, backs protests Tehran accuses the West of meddling, targets it with sanctions DUBAI, Dec 12 (Reuters) – The Islamic Republic on … Read more

Iran state body reports 200 dead in protests, Raisi hails ‘freedoms’

Iran state body reports 200 dead in protests, Raisi hails ‘freedoms’

DUBAI, Dec 3 (Reuters) – President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday hailed Iran’s Islamic Republic as a guarantor of rights and freedoms, defending the ruling system amid a crackdown on anti-government protests that the United Nations says has cost more than 300 lives. A top state security body meanwhile said that 200 people, including members of … Read more

Judge blocks Indiana abortion ban on religious freedom grounds

Judge blocks Indiana abortion ban on religious freedom grounds

Dec 2 (Reuters) – A second Indiana judge on Friday blocked the state from enforcing its law banning most abortions after Jewish, Muslim and other non-Christian women challenged it in a lawsuit. Marion County Superior Court Judge Heather Welch issued a preliminary injunction against the Republican-backed law, which prohibits abortions with limited exceptions for rape, … Read more

U.S. appeals court rejects Biden’s bid to revive student debt plan

U.S. appeals court rejects Biden’s bid to revive student debt plan

Nov 30 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Wednesday declined to put on hold a Texas judge’s ruling that said President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel hundreds of billions of dollars in student loan debt was unlawful. The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Biden administration’s request to pause a … Read more

New Zealand court rules voting age of 18 is discriminatory

New Zealand court rules voting age of 18 is discriminatory

WELLINGTON, Nov 21 (Reuters) – New Zealand’s highest court ruled on Monday that the country’s current voting age of 18 was discriminatory, forcing parliament to discuss whether it should be lowered. The case, which has been going through the courts since 2020, was bought by advocacy group Make It 16, which wants the age lowered … Read more

Iran lawmakers demand severe punishment for ‘rioters’ as protests rage

Iran lawmakers demand severe punishment for ‘rioters’ as protests rage

DUBAI, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Hardline Iranian lawmakers urged the judiciary on Sunday to “deal decisively” with perpetrators of unrest, as the Islamic Republic struggles to suppress the biggest show of dissent in years. Widespread anti-government demonstrations erupted in September after the death of young Kurdish Iranian woman Mahsa Amini, who had been detained by … Read more

Activists glue themselves to Goya paintings in Spanish climate protest

Activists glue themselves to Goya paintings in Spanish climate protest

MADRID, Nov 5 (Reuters) – Climate activists glued their hands to the frames of two world-famous paintings by Spanish master Francisco de Goya in Madrid’s Prado museum on Saturday, the latest in a string of protests targeting artworks across Europe. A man and a woman attached themselves to Goya’s “La Maja Vestida” (The Clothed Maja) … Read more

Climate activists block private jet take-offs at Schiphol Airport

Climate activists block private jet take-offs at Schiphol Airport

AMSTERDAM, Nov 5 (Reuters) – More than 100 environmental activists wearing white suits stormed into an area where private jets are kept at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Saturday and stopped several aircraft from departing by sitting in front of their wheels. The protest was part of a day of demonstrations in and around the airport … Read more