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Child sex ring broken up by German authorities as three arrested and a fourth is being sought

German police have arrested three men and a fourth is being held in Paraguay for allegedly running one of the world’s biggest online networks for sharing images of child sex abuse. The international operation, involving several police forces, targeted a dark net platform called Boystown, which has now been taken down. Officials say Boystown had […]

US Secretary of State accuses China of aggressive actions abroad and repressive actions at home

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused China of acting more aggressively abroad and more repressively at home. He said in an interview with CBS News the US did not want to hold China down but would not allow it to undermine the rules-based international order. He noted that a military confrontation was profoundly […]

EU Commission outlines plans to restart overseas non-essential travel

The EU Commission has recommended easing restrictions on non-essential travel from overseas. Under the plans, anyone who has received the last dose of an EU-approved vaccine at least two weeks beforehand will be permitted to travel. “Time to revive EU tourism industry and for cross-border friendships to rekindle – safely,” EU Commission President Ursula von […]

Health experts call for a pause in the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the US

US health authorities are calling for a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine, after reports of extremely rare blood clotting cases. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said six cases in 6.8 million doses had been reported and it was acting “out of an abundance of caution”. Johnson & Johnson […]

Iran vows revenge against Israel for attack on an under ground nuclear site

The Iranian foreign minister has said his country will “take revenge” for an attack on an underground nuclear site, for which it has blamed Israel. Iranian officials said the Natanz uranium enrichment plant was the target of “nuclear terrorism” on Sunday, after initially reporting a power failure. New advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium had just […]

Russian official warns Moscow may intervene if fighting escalates further in eastern Ukraine

Russian-backed separatist rebels and Ukrainian troops have been clashing in the east of the country. Russia has also been building up troops on the border with Ukraine. The official, Dmitry Kozak, said that Russian forces could intervene to “defend” its citizens. “Everything depends on the scale of the conflagration,” he said. He also warned that […]

Doctor at trial of Derek Chauvin said George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen

George Floyd died from a lack of oxygen as he was pinned “in a vice” against the street during his arrest, a doctor at the trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis has said. Dr Martin Tobin said Mr Floyd did not die from fentanyl found in his system, contradicting the defence’s argument. Mr […]

Pakistan Prime Minister an former international cricketer accused of victim blaming in rape cases

Human rights groups in Pakistan have accused Prime Minister Imran Khan of being a “rape apologist” after he blamed a rise in sexual assault cases on how women dress. During a live television interview, he advised women to cover up to prevent temptation. Mr Khan added “in any society where vulgarity is prevalent, there are […]

Blood clot very rare side effects of AstraZeneca says European regulators

The EU’s medicines regulator says unusual blood clots should be listed as a very rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19. After a study looking at 86 such cases in the EU, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) concluded the benefits of the vaccine outweighed the risk. There was no definite causal link, and […]

A giant ship, the length of four football fields, block Sues Canal

A giant container ship the length of four football pitches has become wedged across Egypt’s Suez Canal, blocking traffic in one of the world’s busiest trade routes. Dozens of vessels are stuck, waiting for rescue boats to free the 400m-long (1,312ft) ship, which was knocked off course by strong winds. Egypt has reopened the canal’s […]