The European decision to freeze Russian assets is a way of putting on pressure, trying to spoil the mood at the St Pete Economic forum; a reminder the EU is in conflict with Russia, says Alexander Mercouris, International Affairs Editor of Russia Insider.
Moscow has summoned the Belgian ambassador to lodge a protest over the freeze of its state assets. It said that Moscow may consider retaliatory measures against Belgium if the assets are seized, including against Belgium diplomatic property in Russia.
Members of the Bush administration are being sued for their involvement in the Iraq War by an international team of lawyers, one of whom was former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark. The team was assembled by Sundus Saleh, an Iraqi single mother.
On June 16, Sheikh Ali Salman, a leading opposition figure in the Saudi-dominated monarchy of Bahrain, was condemned to four years in prison. His sentence threatens to turn Bahrain’s “quiet” revolution into a torrential wave, reshaping the region forever.
A Russian court has handed seven-year jail terms and penalties of around $4,500 to two men who stole a domesticated caracal cub and the equivalent of $9,000 from a Moscow couple, threatening them with a gun.
Free speech activists were dismayed after the European Court of Human Rights said that the Estonian justice system was right to fine a news website for user-generated hate comments under an article. The decision is feared to have wide repercussions.
An American citizen has been accused of planning to build and detonate a bomb as part of a terror plot after three months of undercover surveillance by federal agents. The student from New York has been arrested and is being held without bail.
A court in Bahrain has sentenced Shiite opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman to four years in prison. He was convicted of insulting the Interior Ministry and of inciting others to break the law in the aftermath of the 2011 uprising.
The California Supreme Court has ruled that cities and counties have broad authority to require builders to include affordable housing units in new projects. Local ordinances requiring units to be set aside at below market price are thus constitutional.