‘State-terrorists’: MEPs react after EU Parliament blacklists Russia

The European Parliament is demanding new steps. After declaring Russia as a “state sponsor of terrorism” Wednesday, MEPs want to acknowledge, more congruently, the atrocities Russia has committed in Ukraine. During the monthly plenary session in Strasbourg, MEPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of the symbolic resolution – with 494 voting for the motion. The result could … Read more

Which EU politicians refused to label Russia a sponsor of terror?

Many on the far right and some on the left rejected the symbolic move to declare Moscow as a terrorist regime. The European Parliament on Wednesday adopted a resolution declaring Russia a state “sponsor of terrorism” over its war in Ukraine. “The deliberate attacks and atrocities committed by Russian forces and their proxies against civilians … Read more

Ex-Ukraine leader and former U.S. commander urge U.S. to hold firm as Kyiv fights

Kyiv, Ukraine — From rocket systems to anti-tank missiles, American weapons have been game changing in Ukraine’s war against Russia’s invading forces. In recent weeks, the armaments have helped Ukrainian forces recapture significant swaths of territory in the south and east of the country. Petro Poroshenko, who served as the President of Ukraine between 2014 … Read more

EU condemns Qatar over alleged human rights abuses ahead of World Cup

European Parliament has formally condemned Qatar for suspected human rights abuses that are believed to have caused the deaths of migrant workers contracted to build preparations for this year’s World Cup.  In a resolution passed on Thursday, the EU governing body called on FIFA to help Qatar compensate all migrant workers and their families through … Read more

Twitter and other social media sites slipped on removing hate speech in 2022, EU review says

Twitter took longer to review hateful content and removed less of it in 2022 compared with the previous year, according to European Union data released Thursday. The EU figures were published as part of an annual evaluation of online platforms’ compliance with the 27-nation bloc’s code of conduct on disinformation. Twitter wasn’t alone — most other tech … Read more

Scotland blocked from holding independence vote by UK’s Supreme Court | CNN

LondonCNN  —  Britain’s Supreme Court has ruled that Scotland’s government cannot unilaterally hold a second referendum on whether to secede from the United Kingdom, in a blow to independence campaigners that will be welcomed by Westminster’s pro-union establishment. The court unanimously rejected an attempt by the Scottish National Party (SNP) to force a vote next … Read more

UK top court rules against Scottish independence vote plan

LONDON — The U.K. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Scotland does not have the power to hold a new referendum on independence without the consent of the British government. The judgment is a setback for the Scottish government’s campaign to break away from the United Kingdom. The top court ruled that the Scottish Parliament “does … Read more

‘I believe in Brexit’: PM Sunak rejects ‘any alignment with EU laws’

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has flatly rejected calls from business leaders for looser immigration rules to overcome labour shortages, and closer ties with the EU to address damaging trade barriers in the aftermath of Brexit. Speaking in Birmingham at the annual conference of the main employers’ organisation the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), Sunak … Read more

Despite tentative deal on ‘loss and damage,’ Egypt COP27 climate summit talks drag into Sunday | CNN

Sharm el-Sheikh, EgyptCNN  —  Despite one major breakthrough on Saturday, international climate negotiations at the UN’s COP27 climate summit are dragging on into early Sunday morning. The closing plenary of this year’s COP is scheduled to start at 3 a.m. Egypt time, according to a notice from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. … Read more

Former Twitter boss unloads on Musk

A former Twitter employee has given perhaps the most in-depth insight into the Elon Musk takeover, detailing why he left a top job and sharing some parting thoughts on the platform’s new direction after the tech billionaire took the reins. Yoel Roth, former head of Twitter’s Trust and Safety team who left the company on … Read more