Russia sentences Navalny to 3.5 years in prison, drawing international condemnation – National

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was sentenced to to three and a half years in jail on Tuesday after a court found he had violated the terms of a suspended 2014 conviction, drawing an outpouring of international outcry. Navalny’s lawyers told Reuters he is planning to appeal his sentencing, adding that his prison term […]

Rich nations, like Canada, have bought too many coronavirus vaccines: Amnesty International – National

Rich countries have secured enough coronavirus vaccines to protect their populations nearly three times over by the end of 2021, Amnesty International and other groups said on Wednesday, possibly depriving billions of people in poorer areas. Britain approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine this month, raising hopes that the tide could soon turn against a virus […]

‘Dragons everywhere’: SpaceX launches new supply ship to International Space Station – National

SpaceX launched a newer, bigger version of its Dragon supply ship to the International Space Station on Sunday, marking the first time the company has two capsules aloft at the same time. The Dragon — packed with Christmas treats and presents — should reach the space station on Monday, joining the Dragon that delivered […]

Astronauts at International Space Station spacewalk to prepare for Russian lab arrival – National

The International Space Station’s two Russian astronauts began spacewalking work Wednesday to prepare for next year’s arrival of a long-delayed lab, but had to scrap another chore because of a stubborn bolt. Spacewalkers Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov — dubbed Sergey 1 and Sergey 2 by flight controllers — left four Americans and one […]

SpaceX capsule containing 4 astronauts docks at International Space Station – National

SpaceX‘s newly launched capsule with four astronauts arrived Monday at the International Space Station, their new home until spring. The Dragon capsule pulled up and docked late Monday night, following a 27-hour, completely automated flight from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Read more: ‘This is another historic moment’: SpaceX launches 2nd crew to ISS after […]

International ring of flying-squirrel traffickers busted in Florida – National

What goes up must come down. A once-soaring (and illegal) flying squirrel traffic ring has been busted in Florida, where poachers allegedly made a small fortune by trapping and selling the rodents as pets on the international market. Seven people have been charged in connection with the scheme, which is thought to have been worth […]

U.S.-Russian crew launches to International Space Station for 6 month stay – National

A trio of space travelers launched successfully to the International Space Station, for the first time using a fast-track maneuver to reach the orbiting outpost in just three hours. NASA’s Kate Rubins along with Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos lifted off as scheduled Wednesday morning from the Russia-leased […]

Amnesty International halts work in India, says government is ‘freezing dissent’ – National

Human rights group Amnesty International stopped its work in India on Tuesday saying the government had frozen its bank accounts in the latest action against it for speaking out about rights violations. The group said it had laid off staff after facing a crackdown over the past two years over allegations of financial wrongdoing […]

WE Charity scandal in Canada prompts examination of group’s international footprint – National

The controversy around WE Charity in Canada is opening the door to a public discussion about whether WE — and groups like it — actually help the African communities where they operate. Firoze Manji, the former Africa program director for Amnesty International, said one of the big problems with groups such as WE is […]

WTO calls for truce, says U.S. tariffs on China broke international trade rules – National

The World Trade Organization found on Tuesday that the United States breached global trading rules by imposing multibillion-dollar tariffs in President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, a ruling that drew anger from Washington. The Trump administration says its tariffs imposed two years ago on more than $200 billion in Chinese goods were justified […]