Aung San Suu Kyi, the ousted leader of Myanmar’s civilian government, was charged Wednesday with illegally importing communications equipment, two days after the military seized power in what the U.S called a coup d’etat. She will be held until at least Feb. 15 on charges relating to the alleged ownership of illegal walkie-talkies, according to a police statement seen by Reuters.
President Sergio Mattarella asked former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi on Wednesday to form a government tasked with tackling the coronavirus crisis and deep economic recession that are battering Italy. Draghi, widely credited with saving the euro zone from collapse in 2012, accepted the mandate, saying he was confident he could find backing in Italy’s fractured parliament for a new administration.
Rihanna has shown her support for Indian farmers protesting in New Delhi over new agriculture laws they say will destroy their livelihoods. The pop star – who has 101m followers on Twitter – shared a CNN article about the protests on the social media site, with the message: “Why aren’t we talking about this?! #FarmersProtest”. Her post took the farmer’s fight global and has been liked more than half a million times in less than 24 hours.
Tom Moore, the 100-year-old World War II veteran whose efforts to raise millions for the UK’s National Health Service made him a universally adored icon during the first wave of the Covid-19 outbreak, has died in hospital after himself contracting the disease, his family said Tuesday. Known affectionately as Captain Tom, Moore raised almost £33 million ($45 million) by walking laps of his garden last year.
A dozen Mexican police officers have been arrested for allegedly killing 19 people, including Guatemalan migrants, whose bodies were found shot and burned near the US border late in January. The Tamaulipas state attorney-general, Irving Barrios Mojica, said all 12 officers were in custody and face charges of homicide, abuse of authority and making false statements. The bodies were found piled in a charred pickup truck in Camargo, across the Rio Grande from Texas.