Japan honours Shinzo Abe with controversial state funeral

Japan is bidding farewell to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was killed on the campaign trail in July, with a rare state funeral that has deeply split the nation.…

Putin grants Russian citizenship to US whistleblower Snowden

President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to former US security contractor Edward Snowden, according to a decree signed by the Russian leader. Snowden is one of 75 foreign nationals…

Giorgia Meloni: Italy’s far right on course to win election

Far-right leader Giorgia Meloni has claimed victory in Italy’s election, and is on course to become the country’s first female prime minister. Ms Meloni is widely expected to form Italy’s…

Australia plans privacy overhaul after massive telecom data leak

Australia will overhaul its privacy rules to allow banks to be informed of data breaches in the corporate world, following a huge leak of personal information from the country’s second-biggest…

Seoul subway murder sparks fury over South Korea’s stalking laws

Outside the women’s restroom at a subway station in the South Korean capital is a plaque that reads: “Women Friendly Seoul.” The words, meant to assure women of their safety,…

Russia defends Ukraine war as US, others condemn alleged abuses

World leaders at the United Nations have called for Moscow to be held accountable for human rights violations in Ukraine as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov defended his country’s actions…

Zelensky calls for ‘just punishment’ for Russia

Russia must face “just punishment” over its invasion of Ukraine, President Volodymyr Zelensky has told the UN General Assembly in New York. In a pre-recorded video, the Ukrainian leader called…

China calls for ‘ceasefire through dialogue’ after Putin address

China has called for a “ceasefire through dialogue” after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilisation amid the war in Ukraine. “We call on the relevant parties to…

Japan man sets himself on fire in apparent protest of Abe funeral

A Japanese man has set himself alight reportedly to protest a state funeral for ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was assassinated in July. Hundreds of foreign dignitaries are expected to…

Iran confirms first deaths in protests over Mahsa Amini’s death

An Iranian governor has confirmed the first fatalities during protests over the death in police custody of a young woman named Mahsa Amini – but the governor has said the…