UN urges Nicola Sturgeon to use ‘common sense’ when jailing violent sex offenders

Pauline McNeill, Scottish Labour’s justice spokesman said she would be asking for an urgent question at Holyrood demanding that Scott’s transfer be blocked and calling for a “policy review”. Ash Regan, a former SNP minister who resigned in protest at Ms Sturgeon’s gender reforms, said: “We need a new system where no male prisoners are … Read more

Ukraine has strengthened French-German ties, and Britain can benefit

The new year has started with the same pressing economic and political challenges for our countries. There is no indication that Russia is reconsidering its ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine. And yet there is some reason for a more confident view on the months ahead of us. The cooperation between allies, including Germany, France … Read more

UN Security Council extends critical aid to northern Syria | United Nations News

Highest UN decision-making body votes unanimously to keep aid flowing from Turkey to Syria’s rebel-held Idlib region. The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to keep a key border crossing from Turkey to Syria’s rebel-held northwest open for critical aid deliveries for another six months. In a surprise move, Syria’s ally Russia supported the resolution … Read more

Israel ‘cannot be an occupier’ in its own land, Netanyahu counters after UN ruling

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has insisted that Israel cannot be “occupiers” on their “own land” in response to the UN General Assembly’s decision to ask the International Court of Justice to examine the legality of the occupation of the Palestinian territories. The UN resolution was passed just a day after Mr Netanyahu was … Read more

UN seeks ICJ opinion on Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine | Israel-Palestine conflict News

The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to give an opinion on the legal consequences of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories. The General Assembly voted 87 to 26 with 53 abstentions on the resolution, with Western nations split but with virtually unanimous support in … Read more

Angelina Jolie steps down as U.N. refugee agency envoy to work this those ‘directly affected’

Angelina Jolie uploaded a heartfelt statement on Instagram on Friday to share she was ‘stepping down’ from her role as a United Nations refugee agency envoy after 21 years in order to work more closely with those ‘directly affected.’ The actress, 47, penned a message to her followers to open up about her departure, adding that … Read more

Ministers threaten legal action over fears Nicola Sturgeon’s gender bill could lead to ‘trans tourism’

Ministers have threatened legal action over Scottish gender recognition reforms amid concern over “trans tourism”. The Government has urged Nicola Sturgeon to axe her controversial overhaul of transgender laws which will see people as young as 16 allowed to change their legal gender simply by signing a declaration. Under legislation expected to be passed by … Read more

Ayatollah Khamenei mocked for saying Iran has new cancer cure

These claims drew immediate scrutiny for not stacking up, with Twitter users questioning whether the account was a parody. While the new 3.4-metre medium-class optical telescope of the Iranian National Observatory on Mt Gargash in central Iran is large, there are at least 40 bigger facilities worldwide. And when the President’s Office for Science and … Read more

‘Formula of terror’: Ukraine leader implores UN to punish Russia | Russia-Ukraine war News

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has urged the United Nations Security Council to act against Russia over air attacks on civilian infrastructure that again plunged Ukrainian cities into darkness and cold as winter sets in. Russia unleashed a missile barrage across Ukraine on Wednesday, killing 10 people, forcing shutdowns of nuclear power plants and cutting water … Read more

Russian generals ‘systematically planned and ordered sexual violence’, says war crimes investigator

Reuters couldn’t independently corroborate the accounts. Some of the circumstances – including family members witnessing rape – feature in alleged attacks by Russians documented by a United Nations-mandated investigation body in a report published last month, which said victims ranged in age from four to over 80. In northern Ukraine’s Chernihiv region, a soldier in … Read more