Serbs in northern Kosovo to start removing barricades from Thursday

Serbs in northern Kosovo to start removing barricades from Thursday

Third major border crossing closed on Wednesday Serbs in northern Kosovo resist moves they see as anti-Serb Kosovo declared independence, with backing of West, in 2008 MITROVICA, Kosovo, Dec 28 (Reuters) – Kosovo Serbs who have been blocking roads in northern Kosovo for 19 days have agreed to start removing barricades from Thursday morning, bowing … Read more

Bankman-Fried’s criminal case assigned to judge in Trump, Prince Andrew cases

Bankman-Fried’s criminal case assigned to judge in Trump, Prince Andrew cases

Dec 27 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried’s criminal case over the collapse of his FTX cryptocurrency exchange has been reassigned to a judge recently known for handling defamation lawsuits against former U.S. President Donald Trump and a sexual abuse lawsuit against Britain’s Prince Andrew. U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan replaces his colleague Ronnie Abrams, who recused … Read more

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

Thousands lose power after three substations targeted in Washington state, sheriff says

Thousands lose power after three substations targeted in Washington state, sheriff says

Dec 25 (Reuters) – Thousands of residents were without power near Tacoma, Washington, after three electrical substations were vandalized, local authorities said on Sunday, adding that it was not yet clear if the Christmas Day incidents were linked. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said robberies were reported at two substations belonging to Tacoma Public Utilities … Read more

Iran top court accepts rapper Yasin’s appeal against death sentence

Iran top court accepts rapper Yasin’s appeal against death sentence

Dec 24 (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Court has accepted an appeal by rapper Saman Seydi Yasin against his death sentence even as it confirmed the same sentence against another protester, the judiciary said on Saturday. Yasin, a Kurd who raps about inequality, oppression and unemployment, had been accused of attempting to kill security forces, setting … Read more

Kurds clash with police in Paris for second day after killings

Kurds clash with police in Paris for second day after killings

PARIS, Dec 24 (Reuters) – Clashes broke out for a second day in Paris on Saturday between police and members of the Kurdish community angry at the killing on Friday of three members of their community. Cars were overturned, at least one vehicle was burned and small fires set alight near Republic Square, the traditional … Read more

Bankman-Fried, FTX execs received billions in hidden loans, ex-Alameda CEO says

Bankman-Fried, FTX execs received billions in hidden loans, ex-Alameda CEO says

NEW YORK, Dec 23 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried and other FTX executives received billions of dollars in secret loans from the crypto mogul’s Alameda Research, the hedge fund’s former chief told a judge when she pleaded guilty to her role in the exchange’s collapse. Caroline Ellison, former chief executive of Alameda Research, said she agreed … Read more

Capitol riot panel’s final report sets out case to try Trump

Capitol riot panel’s final report sets out case to try Trump

WASHINGTON, Dec 22 (Reuters) – The congressional panel probing the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol released its final report late on Thursday, outlining its case that former U.S. President Donald Trump should face criminal charges of inciting the deadly riot. The House of Representatives Select Committee also made public the transcripts of … Read more

U.S. Senate to launch debate on $1.66 trillion government funding bill

U.S. Senate to launch debate on $1.66 trillion government funding bill

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (Reuters) – Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress were moving forward with a $1.66 trillion government funding bill, scrambling to pass a measure, which includes record military spending, before temporary funding runs out on Friday. The total funding proposed by the sweeping bill, released early on Tuesday, is up from the … Read more

Special Report: Binance’s books are a black box, filings show, as it tries to rally confidence

Special Report: Binance’s books are a black box, filings show, as it tries to rally confidence

LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – The world’s biggest crypto exchange, Binance, is battling to shore up confidence after a surge in customer withdrawals and a steep drop in the value of its digital token. The exchange said it dealt with net outflows of around $6 billion over 72 hours last week “without breaking stride” because … Read more