Month: May 2019

UN expert says Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being subjected to drawn-out ‘psychological torture’

Julian Assange has been subjected to drawn-out “psychological torture”, a UN rights expert said Friday, accusing the United States, Britain, Ecuador and Sweden of “collective persecution” of the WikiLeaks founder.The United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, Nils Melzer, also warned that if London agrees to an extradition request…

UN expert says Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being subjected to drawn-out ‘psychological torture’

Julian Assange has been subjected to drawn-out “psychological torture”, a UN rights expert said Friday, accusing the United States, Britain, Ecuador and Sweden of “collective persecution” of the WikiLeaks founder.The United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, Nils Melzer, also warned that if London agrees to an extradition request…

UN expert says Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is being subjected to drawn-out ‘psychological torture’

Julian Assange has been subjected to drawn-out “psychological torture”, a UN rights expert said Friday, accusing the United States, Britain, Ecuador and Sweden of “collective persecution” of the WikiLeaks founder.The United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, Nils Melzer, also warned that if London agrees to an extradition request…

Saudi Arabia banking on Muslim and Arab summits to strengthen its hand. Don’t believe the hype

Three back-to-back, high-level Muslim and Arab summits held over the past two days are likely to yield very little despite the hype surrounding them.Saudi Arabia, which is hosting the meetings against the backdrop of mounting tension between the United States and Iran, expects the gatherings to back its campaign to force the Islamic Republic to…

Saudi King Salman opens Arab summit urging international effort to thwart Iran’s ‘criminal acts’

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Friday ratcheted up the rhetoric against arch-nemesis Iran, calling on Arab states to confront its “criminal” actions after attacks on oil installations sparked fears of a regional conflagration.The king’s remarks came at the start of two back-to-back emergency summits in the holy city of Mecca, which drew near-unanimous support for…

Philippines ships 69 containers of garbage back to Canada, ending ‘sordid chapter in history’

The Philippines on Friday shipped 69 containers of what its officials called illegally transported garbage back to Canada, one of two Southeast Asian countries that have protested being treated like dump sites by wealthier nations.Administrator Wilma Eisma of Subic Bay freeport said the tons of garbage were loaded overnight on the container ship M/V Bavaria,…

China looms large in US-Canada talks even as Mike Pence promises Justin Trudeau speedy progress on new Nafta deal

The new trade pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico was the focus of talks between US Vice-President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Thursday, though the discussion also turned to China’s Huawei Technologies and Beijing’s role in Venezuela.Pence promised the new trade pact would pass in Congress this…

China looms large in US-Canada talks even as Mike Pence promises Justin Trudeau speedy progress on new Nafta deal

The new trade pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico was the focus of talks between US Vice-President Mike Pence and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Thursday, though the discussion also turned to China’s Huawei Technologies and Beijing’s role in Venezuela.Pence promised the new trade pact would pass in Congress this…

Donald Trump lashes out at Robert Mueller after special counsel rejects president’s exoneration claims

US President Donald Trump assailed Robert Mueller as a “never Trumper” and a rejected, conflicted jobseeker on Thursday, a day after the special counsel bluntly rebuffed Trump’s repeated claims that the Russia investigation had cleared him of committing a federal crime of obstruction of justice.The president also offered mixed messages on Russia’s efforts to help…