FRANCE: President Emmanuel Macron signed a sweeping anti-terrorism law yesterday to take effect from today, replacing a state of emergency in existence for two years.
It gives security forces greater authority to conduct searches, close religious facilities and restrict movement of people suspected of extremist ties.
The state of emergency first imposed in November 2015 after the Paris terror attacks has been extended six times.
Bahrainis ‘target’ activist’s family
BAHRAIN: Exiled rights activist Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei revealed yesterday that his mother-in-law, brother-in-law and cousin have been jailed for three years on charges of planting a “fake bomb” in January.
The campaigner said that the three have been held since March and questioned extensively about his work in Britain.
He said the Bahraini government is targeting his family because of his work to expose its “horrific rights abuses.”
Ex-minister’s appeal rejected
GREECE: An appeals court upheld the conviction yesterday of former defence minister Akis Tsochadzopoulos on money-laundering charges linked to bribes for arms procurement contracts.
The former Socialist Party (Pasok) minister was jailed for 20 years in 2013 but released on health grounds earlier this year.
The court is due to announce sentences on Mr Tsochadzopoulos and 15 other defendants this week.
White farmers take to roads in protest
SOUTH AFRICA: Thousands of white farmers snarled traffic on major roads yesterday in a protest against the high rate of murders of farmers.
Convoys of slow-moving farm vehicles and cars brought traffic to a crawl on major roads into Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg.
The protest was backed by AfriForum, a lobby group that promotes white minority rights but has been accused of backing racial separation.