Ukraine First Lady demands global response to sexual assault in war

Ukraine First Lady Olena Zelenska on Monday demanded a "global response" to the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, saying Kyiv prosecutors were investigating more than 100 possible crimes by Russian soldiers.. UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly last week announced new aid for Ukraine on a visit to Kyiv, including support for victims of sexual violence by Russian soldiers.

Baguettes, Rai and Cuban rum: UNESCO mulls heritage status

The French baguette, Algerian Rai music and Tunisia's harissa condiment are among this year's contenders for recognition as intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO, which started deliberations Monday in Morocco. . Rai music is on the list not just as a form of music but as a whole cultural tradition.

'Forgotten' Afghan stories highlighted in two new films from Netflix, Nat Geo

The world's focus has shifted to the war in Ukraine, but two major new documentaries aim to throw the spotlight back on Afghanistan, and the people left behind by the United States' rapid withdrawal last year.. - 'Share their pain' - Though the conflicts in Afghanistan and Ukraine are vastly different in nature, both films offer a cautionary tale about what can happen once the West's focus shifts.

Teodoro Obiang, Equatorial Guinea's iron-fisted ruler

Confirmed for a sixth term as president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo has ruled oil-rich Equatorial Guinea since August 1979, overseeing a regime notorious for crushing dissent and fearing coups.. - Fear of coups - Obiang graduated from military school while the country, as Spanish Guinea, was still under the rule of Spain's fascist dictator, General Francisco Franco.

Qatari World Cup streaming service partly inaccessible in Saudi

The official streaming platform of the World Cup is inaccessible in much of Saudi Arabia, subscribers told AFP on Saturday, saying they had received no explanation for the outage.. Several subscribers in Saudi Arabia told AFP on Saturday they had been unable to access the service since the World Cup began on November 20. 

Dutch court backs squatters in Russian tycoon's mansion

The elegant house overlooking Amsterdam's iconic Vondelpark would fit in nicely with its neighbouring dwellings, were it not for the huge anti-war banners draped down the outside.. In the meantime, they have promised to use the Russian tycoon's mansion to organise political and social events -- to support anti-war protesters and to support people "left behind by war or by capitalism". jcp/dk/jhe/jj

Spain PM takes over as Socialist International chief

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was on Friday named head of the Socialist International (SI) as the movement of centre-left parties gathered in Madrid for a three-day congress. . The telegenic 50-year-old takes over from former Greek prime minister George Papandreou as head of the SI, a movement grouping 132 political parties from around the world.

Kanye West hints at another presidential run

The rapper and fashion designer Kanye West has suggested he will run for president in 2024  and wants Donald Trump to be his running mate.. "What you guys think his response was when I asked him to be my running mate in 2024?"

Elizabeth Taylor's 'lucky charm' Oscar dress found in suitcase in London

A "lucky charm" Christian Dior dress worn by Elizabeth Taylor on the night she won best actress at the 1961 Oscars is to be sold at auction next month, after being stored in a suitcase in London for over 50 years.. The auction at which the Dior Oscar dress is expected to fetch between £40,000-60,000 ($48,000-$73,000) will take place in London on December 6. har/phz/rox