Kenyan funeral pays tribute to marathon world-record holder Kelvin Kiptum

Kenya’s world marathon record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, received a state funeral after dying in a car crash earlier this month. Kiptum and his coach were killed in the crash near Kaptagat, a renowned training base for runners. Dignitaries including President William Ruto and Sebastian Coe attended Kiptum’s burial in Naiberi, near his hometown of Chepkorio. … Read more

US sanctions European country’s pro-Russia party member, president embraces move

Moldovan President Maia Sandu on Friday welcomed new U.S. sanctions on pro-Russian Shor party member Marina Tauber, accusing her of trying to undermine the democracy. Tauber has spearheaded street protests against Moldova’s pro-European government in a movement Chisinau says is part of a Moscow-backed effort to destabilize the former Soviet republic. MOLDOVA TO DESTROY EXPLOSIVES … Read more

Belarusian government cracks down on clergy who protested authoritarian leader

Dozens of clergy in Belarus have been jailed, silenced or forced into exile for protesting the 2020 election that gave authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko a sixth term. The pro-Kremlin Lukashenko has targeted church officials siding with the protesters. Last month, he signed a measure into law requiring all religious organizations in Belarus to register with … Read more

Venezuela stops allowing US deport illegal immigrants

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Former Austrian Chancellor Kurz faces trial over alleged false statements

A Vienna court is expected to announce its verdict on Friday in the trial of former Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. Kurz is accused of making false statements to a parliamentary probe into alleged corruption during his first government. Kurz resigned in 2021 during a separate corruption probe but his party, the Austrian People’s Party, remains … Read more

Israel seeks unlimited control over Gaza Strip in Netanyahu’s post-war plan

Israel seeks open-ended control over security and civilian affairs in the Gaza Strip, according to a long-awaited postwar plan by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It was swiftly rejected Friday by Palestinian leaders and runs counter to Washington’s vision for the war-ravaged enclave. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented the two-page document to his security Cabinet late … Read more

Suspected gas leak prompts evacuation of 500 people from Swedish security agency

A suspected gas leak at Sweden’s security agency headquarters led to the evacuation of around 500 people on Friday. Five people experienced breathing difficulties and were hospitalized. Those who live near the Swedish security agency, known by its acronym SAPO, were asked to close their windows. A suspected gas leak at the headquarters of Sweden’s … Read more