The Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm Warg has appeared in court over charges of hacking into Danish government databases. Since Sweden extradited him to Denmark he has been kept in solitary confinement his mother describes as “torture.”
Ukraine’s president voiced irritation at the European Union over its push to get his country sign a trade deal, calling the pressure ‘humiliating’. Kiev postponed the move citing vulnerability of its economy and triggering massive pro-EU protests.
The 34-year anniversary of the US Embassy takeover in Tehran drew tens of thousands to the largest anti-American rally in years. The size of the demonstration, however, belies the fact that Iranian society is deeply divided over rapprochement with the US.
Thousands of Russian nationalists have rallied in Russia’s capital on National Unity Day, annually celebrated on November 4. The march was peaceful, though some 30 people were detained “for minor violations.”
A Cairo court has adjourned the trial of ousted President Morsi over refusing his prison uniform and the defendants' chanting "Down with the military rule". Morsi and 14 others face charges of inciting the killing of protesters in clashes.
Around 5,000 people took the streets of Moscow on Sunday to participate in an opposition rally, demanding the release of activists jailed after the May 2012 Bolotnaya demonstration and other people they described as “political prisoners.”
Harsh condemnations from Europe over reports of NSA spying on prominent EU leaders will do nothing to derail bilateral trade ties, former UN diplomat Lode Vanoost told RT. He says economic negotiations will remain on track as the media scandal dissipates.
Thousands of people worldwide are expected to join the Global Frackdown protest on October 19. ‘Fracktivists’ from over 20 countries will gather to demand an end to fracking and “dangerous” shale gas drillings.
Calls are rising again in Georgia to boycott the Winter Olympic Games in Russia’s Sochi. The issue, which seemed to have been buried with President Mikhail Saakashvili’s decline from power, resurfaced ahead of next week’s presidential election.
Prominent opposition figure Aleksey Navalny and co-defendant Pyotr Ofitserov have been given a suspended sentence in their embezzlement trial. Navalny has indicated that his team is going to appeal the sentence.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced the start of the Russian leg of the record-breaking Olympic torch relay for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The relay kicked off at Moscow’s Red Square, where the flame arrived on Sunday.
Kindled by the sun’s rays, the Olympic torch was lit on Sunday in the ancient Greek city of Olympia. In a ceremony filled with mystery and tradition, the torch began its 65,000-kilometer journey to the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014.