Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko announced on Monday that his country has begun drafting a lawsuit against Russia with the International Court of Justice (ICJ), a global tribunal open only to state actors, for the illegal seizure of Ukrainian ships at that mouth of the Sea of Azov in late November. The Kerch Strait, the link between the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea, is flanked by Russian territory to its east and the Crimean peninsula on its west, legally part of Ukraine but invaded and annexed by Russia in 2014. Russia illegally built a bridge over the Kerch Strait to control all maritime traffic into the Sea of Azov, giving Moscow the power to cut off key Ukrainian ports like Mariupol from the greater economic community.In late November, the Russians apprehended Ukrainian sailors and seized three ships attempting to enter the Sea of Azov through the Kerch Strait. The arrests occurred after Russian ships rammed the Ukrainian ships, injuring at least three of the … [Read more...] about Ukraine to Take Russia to International Court over Crimea Ship Seizures
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World International Affairs Romanian senators voted on Tuesday to approve a law that could make it impossible for same-sex marriages to be legalized. Romania’s constitution states that marriage is between two “spouses,” but a 2016 petition signed by 3 million people called for a referendum to redefine marriage as being between “a man and a woman.” According to Romanian law, the constitution can be changed if at least 500,000 citizens back a proposal. A woman holds a sign in Romanian that reads "The traditional family is in danger, come together to defend it!" during a protest against same-sex relations in Bucharest on May 20, 2017. Three million people signed a petition in 2016 calling for a referendum to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Romanian senators agreed when they voted 107-13 in favor of the referendum—with seven abstentions—after the same measure passed the … [Read more...] about Romania Wants to Ban Same-Sex Marriage, but Where Does the Rest of Europe Stand?
Jennifer Harris was 28 when she disappeared on May 12, 2002. Her Jeep was found abandoned on the side of the road. Six days later, a fisherman found her nude body floating in the Red River. Police learned Jennifer had told at least one other person she was pregnant. Initially, while she was missing, police reached out to the two men in her life – James Hamilton, her ex-boyfriend, and Rob Holman, her ex-husband. Both denied seeing her the night she disappeared. Both have denied being involved in the murder and neither has been arrested or charged with any crime related to Harris' murder. The case grew cold and along the way became part of the Bonham folklore – and its rumor mill. In 2017, then-newly elected Fannin County Sheriff Mark Johnson made good on a campaign promise to take a second look at the Jennifer Harris case. What he found was limited information and some evidence that had been damaged and destroyed by water getting into a storage pod. Johnson says he … [Read more...] about Unsolved murder case is the talk of small Texas town 16 years later
File photo of Carles Puigdemont. Photo: Lluis Gene/AFP Catalonia's deposed president Carles Puigdemont insists that the crisis over the region's secessionist push will "end in international courts". The sacked regional leader is currently in Belgium, where he was freed with conditions on Sunday after turning himself in to local authorities over a Spanish arrest warrant for charges of rebellion and sedition. "No one should doubt that all of this will end in international courts, who have already criticised Spain in other cases," Puigdemont told Catalunya Radio's breakfast show in Brussels on Tuesday. READ ALSO: Ousted Catalan leader freed on bail in Belgium The 54-year-old conceded however that he and members of his former government are aware that they could end up in prison over their independence drive. "Of course we're prepared to go to prison. We're here to do a job," he noted. "No one should think we want to evade justice. We went voluntarily to give a statement. … [Read more...] about Catalonia crisis will end in international courts, Puigdemont insists
China’s recent aggressive acts in the East Sea has pushed escalation of tensions in the area and sparked concern that the area is becoming a flashpoint with global consequences. VietNamNet would like to give you an overview of the dispute in the East Sea to help our reader understand its nature. The China-Philippines dispute in the East Sea I. Overview of the East Sea The East Sea map. The East Sea is a semi-enclosed sea in the Pacific Ocean, covering an area of over 3.5 million sq. km. It is bordered by nine coastal countries, namely Vietnam, China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia and Singapore. The East Sea is abundant in natural resources, especially oil, gas and marine resources. Recently, data suggest that the sea has huge reserves of natural hydrate. The sea is the second busiest maritime route in the world after the Mediterranean route, with 150 - 200 large-tonnage ships passing through its waters every day. Imports and exports … [Read more...] about Overview of the East Sea Dispute