Cambodia begins mass treason trial of opposition activists

Phnom Penh, Cambodia – A Cambodian court on Thursday commenced the first of two mass trials against members and supporters of the country’s outlawed opposition party for allegedly plotting an attack against the government in 2019. Sixty people linked to the opposition

Pope says women can read at mass, but still cannot be priests

Roman Catholic Church changes its law to formally allow women to serve as readers, altar servers and distributors of communion. In a step towards greater equality for women in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has changed church law to explicitly allow

Australia, US, UK, Canada condemn Hong Kong mass arrests

Foreign ministers issue joint statement condemning last week’s arrest of more than 50 democracy activists in Hong Kong. The foreign ministers of Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada have expressed “serious concern” about the arrests of 55 democracy activists

Indonesia to start mass COVID vaccination drive on January 13

Indonesia will begin its nationwide COVID-19 vaccination programme on January 13, with President Joko Widodo set to be given the first jab, made by China’s Sinovac Biotech. The mass inoculation programme will begin in the capital, Jakarta, Indonesia’s Health Minister Budi Gunadi

Mass COVID-19 vaccination drive under way in Beijing

China wants to inoculate millions ahead of the Lunar New Year which falls in the middle of February. Thousands of people have been lining up in Beijing to receive their vaccinations against COVID-19, as China steps up a mass vaccination drive ahead

Algeria frees top officials jailed during mass protests

Two former security chiefs and the younger brother of former President Bouteflika were given 15-year prison sentences in September 2019. An Algerian military appeals court on Saturday acquitted three top officials who were jailed in 2019 during mass protests, sources close to the

India holds COVID vaccine drills ahead of mass inoculation drive

Nationwide drills before one of the world’s biggest vaccination programmes come day after government panel approves Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use. India has staged nationwide drills to start one of the world’s biggest coronavirus vaccination programmes as the drug regulator prepared to

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