December 13, 2018

Two investigations underway into controversial London police ramming tactic

Metropolitan Police(LONDON) -- A controversial tactic in which police in London use specially-trained drivers to ram criminals on scooters has triggered two separate investigations after the criminals had suffered “serious” injuries. The Metropolitan Police released footage last month of the policy, known as “contact tactics,” in action. The aggressive tactic is used in the hope that "potential offenders will think twice about their actions," the department said in a statement. Police are legall..
December 13, 2018

Report: For third straight year, Turkey jailed more journalists than any other country

bedo/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Even as Turkish leaders call for an international inquiry into Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, the Committee to Project Journalists found the Turkish government to be the world's biggest jailer of journalists for the third consecutive year, according to a newly released report. According to the global press freedom watchdog's Annual Prison Census, 251 journalists are currently in jails around the world as of Dec. 1 for charges related to..
December 13, 2018

China confirms two missing Canadians have been detained

allanswart/iStock(HONG KONG) -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed Thursday that a second Canadian citizen has been detained in China in addition to the former Canadian diplomat who was reported missing earlier this week. Both men are being detained by China's Ministry for State Security for allegedly "endangering national security." At a press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang revealed that entrepreneur Michael Spavor and former diplomat Michael Kovrig were both ta..
December 13, 2018

Miss Universe announces all its judges this year will be women

Coral222/iStock(NEW YORK) -- The Miss Universe Organization announced Wednesday that for the first time in its history, it's upcoming competition will have an all-women panel of judges to determine the winner of the iconic pageant. The women on the panel will comprise of entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry experts, according to a statement from the organization, which added that some of them will also be former Miss Universe titleholders. "This new format will allow our selection c..