Iran’s Raisi condemns ‘chaos’ of protests after Mahsa Amini’s death

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi condemned Wednesday the “chaos” sparked by a wave of women-led protests over the death of Mahsa Amini while in the custody of the Islamic republic’s morality police. “Those who took part in the riots must be dealt with decisively, this is the demand of the people,” said Raisi in a televised … Read more

The Case For Barring The Iranian President From UN And Then Holding Him Accountable In Court

Ebrahim Raisi, the president of the Iranian regime, intends to participate in the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly later this month. Soon after it became clear that he might be granted permission to visit New York City for the event, a group of Iranian expatriates filed suit against Raisi in US district … Read more

Death toll of Lebanon migrant ship tragedy rises to 90

Thirteen more bodies were recovered Saturday after a boat carrying migrants from Lebanon sank off the Syrian coast, raising the overall toll to 90, Syrian state television said, in one of the eastern Mediterranean’s deadliest such shipwrecks. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Filippo Grandi, called it a “heart-wrenching tragedy”. “The number of … Read more

China FM calls on Russia, Ukraine not to let war ‘spill over’

China on Saturday at the United Nations urged Russia and Ukraine not to let effects of their war “spill over” and called for a diplomatic resolution. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also sounded a fresh warning on Taiwan amid tensions in the Taiwan Strait, saying Beijing would take “forceful steps” to prevent any outside support … Read more

Russia stiffens penalty for surrender, replaces top general

Russia on Saturday toughened penalties for voluntary surrender and refusal to fight with up to 10 years imprisonment and replaced its top logistics general after a series of setbacks to its seven-month war in Ukraine. The tough new amendments and personnel change come days after Russia instigated partial mobilization with Kyiv taking back more and … Read more

Death toll of Lebanon migrant ship tragedy rises to 89

Twelve more bodies were recovered Saturday after a boat carrying migrants from Lebanon sunk off Syria’s coast, raising the overall toll to 89, Syrian state media said, in one of the eastern Mediterranean’s deadliest such shipwrecks. Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), called it a “heart-wrenching tragedy”. “There are 89 victims, … Read more

Death toll doubles, hundreds arrested in ‘harrowing’ Iran protest crackdown

The official death toll has nearly doubled to 35 in a crackdown by Iran’s security forces on more than a week of protests that erupted after the death of a young woman in custody. Hundreds of angry demonstrators have been arrested with crowds taking to the streets of major cities across Iran for eight straight … Read more

Russia replaces top general, pursues breakaway Ukraine polls

Moscow its top logistics general on Saturday after a series of setbacks as Kremlin-held regions of eastern and southern Ukraine voted for a second day on becoming part of Russia. The changing of the guard comes amid a major mobilization drive by Russia after the Ukraine invasion revealed widespread logistical difficulties, with Kyiv now taking … Read more

US, China top diplomats meet to contain high tensions on Taiwan

The top US and Chinese diplomats met Friday in New York as soaring tensions show signs of easing, but Beijing issued a new warning against support for Taiwan. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shook hands but only exchanged pleasantries before the cameras before sitting down with aids on the … Read more

Penny Wong talks trade ‘blockages’ with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on sidelines of UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Penny Wong has again urged Beijing to remove punitive trade measures against Australia during a meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in New York. Key points: Penny Wong says she focused on pressing China to unwind trade sanctions and described talks as “constructive” She also addressed Australians arbitrarily detained in China, and … Read more