Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha threatened on Thursday to use all laws possible against protesters, as demonstrations escalate for his removal and for reforms to curb the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The protests since July have become the greatest challenge to Thailand’s establishment in years and have broken a longstanding taboo by criticizing the monarchy, which can carry a jail term of up to 15 years.
The COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University produces a strong immune response in older adults, data from early trials have shown. The phase one and phase two results suggest that one of the groups most at risk of death or serious illness from COVID-19 may be able to build immunity, according to data published in The Lancet medical journal.
Australian special forces were allegedly involved in the murder of 39 Afghan civilians, in some cases executing prisoners to “blood” junior soldiers before inventing cover stories and planting weapons on corpses, a major report has found. The findings of Brereton’s report, released on Thursday, are confronting and damning. Brereton describes the special forces’ actions as “disgraceful and a profound betrayal” of the Australian Defence Force.
America’s top diplomat Mike Pompeo made history Thursday becoming the first secretary of state and highest-ranking U.S. official to visit an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank. Pompeo’s trip, the latest blow to Palestinian hopes, comes after the Palestinian Authority announced Tuesday it will resume cooperation with Israel in what was seen as a sign of optimism after President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
French President Emmanuel Macron has asked Muslim leaders to accept a “charter of Republican values” as part of a broad clampdown on radical Islam. On Wednesday he gave the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) a 15-day ultimatum to accept the charter. It will state that Islam is a religion and not a political movement, while also prohibiting “foreign interference” in Muslim groups.