New anti-LGBTQ+ laws have been passed in Uganda, expanding on rules which already criminalised same-sex acts and carried a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. The new anti-homosexuality law now makes “aggravated homosexuality” – which is defined as sexual relations involving people infected with HIV, as well as with those under 18, and other categories of
We are standing on the huge deck of the Geo Barents rescue ship, where hundreds of people are waiting to start a new life. The boat docked in Bari at breakfast time, pulling into the port accompanied by a police boat on one side and a coastguard vessel on the other. And about an hour
Sitting on the Dnipro River in Russian-occupied Ukraine is Europe’s largest nuclear power station – on the frontline of a worsening war. Over a period of a few weeks we spoke to two workers at the Zaporizhzhia plant. And the warnings they gave of what could happen should send a cold chill around the world.
Russia has blamed Ukraine for a drone attack on Moscow that it said caused minor damage to buildings and injured two people. The defence ministry said Kyiv was behind the “terrorist attack”, but Ukraine denied the claim. “Eight aircraft-type unmanned aerial vehicles were involved in the attack. All enemy drones are hit,” said the ministry.
At least 10 people were killed and 55 injured when a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims fell into a gorge in India. The bus skidded off a bridge and fell into a Himalayan gorge near the city of Jammu in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Tuesday. It was travelling to the town of Katra from Amritsar in the
The sun beats down on us. I’m sweating, and there is noise from every angle. Two marine engines thrum behind me, churning the water of the Mediterranean. You can smell the salt, but also the plastic of our boat, warmed by the early afternoon. Cloudless skies. I can hear shouts, cries, and also words of
Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelenskyy have joined world leaders in congratulating Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his election win. In a letter to president Erdogan celebrating his narrow run-off victory on Sunday, Mr Putin addressed the Turkish leader as “Dear Friend” and praised his efforts at strengthening Russian-Turkish relations. “From the bottom of my
Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared himself victorious in the presidential run-off election, with leaders from around the world congratulating him. Polls closed at 5pm local time (3pm BST) and while votes were counted fast, for hours it remained too close to call. At one point, less than a percentage point separated the incumbent from his
Turkey goes to the polls today for a presidential run-off that could see Recep Tayyip Erdogan extend his rule into a third decade. Neither Mr Erdogan, 69, nor his rival Kemal Kilicdaroglu reached the required 50% of the vote in the first round on 14 May. The race could have profound consequences for Turkey, and
The 41-degree heat rises like steam from every rock and roof but as sunset approaches the sky breaks into a thunderstorm. A woman, deep in a latrine, pauses her digging to run under a corrugated zinc roof held up by a square wooden frame for shelter from the rain. It is her new home in
F-16s are on the way to Ukraine. US President Joe Biden‘s approval of the move at the G7 conference will certainly provide Ukraine with some much-needed aerial firepower – but combat air power is heavily dependent on modern technology and some F-16s are vintage jets. When the F-16 Fighting Falcon first flew in the late
At least two people have been killed after a Russian missile strike hit a health clinic and a veterinary building in eastern Ukraine, officials have said. Video footage showed a severely damaged site with smoke pouring out of it, following the attack in the city of Dnipro on Friday. Most of the upper floor of
The head of the Wagner Group says his forces have started pulling out of Bakhmut and are handing over control to the Russian military. It comes days after Yevgeny Prigozhin said mercenaries from his private military had captured the city in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine war latest: British troops ‘to prevent Russian invasion’ of European country
What are the big threats to our way of life? This question was a lurking preoccupation at the London Defence Conference this week, attended by the prime minister and the chief of defence staff along with academics and politicians from across the Western world. The immediate crisis is Ukraine, of course. There was general consensus
A group claiming to be behind a recent strike in the Russian border region of Belgorod have said they will launch more incursions in future. Denis Kapustin (also known as Denis Nikitin), the commander of the Russian Volunteer Corps, was speaking on the Ukrainian side of the border with Russia a day after his group
A paralysed man has been able to walk again after communication was re-established between his brain and spinal cord using a wireless “digital bridge”. The so-called brain computer interface is made up of two electronic implants, one each in the brain and spinal cord. Read more:Analysis: Paralysis breakthrough is quite astonishing – and AI is
Police in Canada say they have identified the man who raped and murdered a 16-year-old girl in 1975. Sharron Prior had been on her way to meet friends at a pizza restaurant near her Montreal home when she disappeared. Her body was found three days later in woodland in Longueuil on Montreal’s South Shore but,
There is still widespread confusion over reports of an armed raid across the Ukrainian border into Russia, with claims of pro-Ukrainian fighters capturing a town and the use of a tank. Russia says more than 70 attackers have been killed in the Belgorod region and the remnants of their units pushed back into Ukrainian territory
Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr has renewed his attack on La Liga and the Spanish authorities, revealing he received death threats this season. It comes as Real Madrid have lodged a hate crime complaint with Spanish prosecutors after the Brazilian player was targeted with racist abuse during their away game against Valencia over the weekend.
At least 19 students have been killed in a fire at a secondary school dormitory in Guyana in South America, authorities have said. The country’s government has said several other students were being treated for injuries after the fire in the southwestern border town of Mahdia. At least six others were flown 200 miles to
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