Prince Harry, Elton John and others sue UK paper group over privacy breaches

LONDON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry, singer Elton John and other individuals have launched legal action against the publisher of the Daily Mail newspaper, alleging phone-tapping and other breaches of privacy, a law firm for some of the group said on Thursday. Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday … Read more

U.N. body rejects debate on China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in blow to West

Narrow defeat seen as blow to West, UN credibility First attempt to put China’s rights record on agenda Muslim countries like Pakistan reject the motion China lobbied hard against debate on sidelines GENEVA, Oct 6 (Reuters) – The UN rights council on Thursday voted down a Western-led motion to hold a debate about alleged human … Read more

Factbox: Where have Russians been fleeing to since mobilisation began?

BERLIN, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Russians have piled across the border to neighboring states since President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization on Sept. 21 for the war in Ukraine. Here is a guide on how many people have crossed and how countries are reacting: HOW MANY HAVE FLED RUSSIA SINCE MOBILISATION WAS ANNOUNCED? Getting … Read more

U.S. appeals court sends DACA case back to lower court to consider new rule

WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that a program that has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation was unlawful, but said current enrollees could renew their status and sent the case back to a lower court to consider the new Biden administration regulation. A panel of … Read more

Russia wants secret U.N. vote on move to condemn ‘annexation’ of Ukraine regions

UNITED NATIONS, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Russia is lobbying for a secret ballot instead of a public vote when the 193-member UN General Assembly next week considers whether to condemn Moscow’s move to annex four occupied regions in Ukraine after staging what it partially called referendums. Ukraine and allies have denounced the votes in Donetsk, … Read more

Russian journalist who fled house arrest says she is innocent

Journalist confirms she has skipped house arrest Ovsyannikova defies Putin again in new video Oct 5 (Reuters) – Russian TV journalist Marina Ovsyannikova, accused of spreading fake news after staging a series of lone protests against the war in Ukraine, said on Wednesday she had fled house arrest because she had no case to answer. … Read more

Biden, doctors say new abortion laws have chilling impact

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden and top White House officials announced new guidelines and grants to protect abortion and contraception rights on Tuesday, and said women’s rights have already been curtailed since the Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade 100 days ago. Speaking at a meeting of the reproductive rights task … Read more

Russian men take the long road out to escape mobilisation

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – As soon as Vladimir Putin announced his military call-up for the faltering war in Ukraine, Timofey and Andrey, two brothers from Moscow, tried to book flights out of the country. But by the time they had logged on, prices had already shot up so fast that they couldn’t afford the … Read more

U.S. Supreme Court leans toward Alabama in voting rights fight

WASHINGTON, Oct 4 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court’s conservative justices on Tuesday appeared sympathetic toward Alabama in the state’s defense of a Republican-drawn electoral map faulted by judges for diluting the clout of Black voters in a major case that could further undermine a landmark federal voting rights law. In spirited oral arguments lasting … Read more

Grim winter looms as wartime Ukraine braces for infrastructure attacks

Elderly bracing for worst winter in decades Fears that attacks could target infrastructure Families buy wood, mend windows, light stoves KHARKIV, Ukraine, Oct 4 (Reuters) – In an abandoned tower block damaged by Russian shelling in Ukraine’s second city, Olga Kobzar plans to tough out winter for as long as she can without electricity, water … Read more