Ljubljana – CIVICUS, an international alliance of NGOs, on Wednesday placed Slovenia on its list of countries to be monitored for a decline in fundamental civil liberties. Under Janez Janša’s government, civil society organisations have been undermined by funding cuts and journalists and the national press agency have been targeted, they wrote.
There was no talk of gazing into Vladimir Putin's "soul" and the Russian president didn't try to gaslight a rookie U.S. leader.
Instead, Putin's first summit with the fifth U.S. president of his tenure, Joe Biden, was about mutual respect - and the meeting in Geneva could, both of them said, lead to a more predictable, if still tense, relationship.
The Chinese scientist at the center of theories that the coronavirus pandemic originated with a leak from her specialized lab in the city of Wuhan has denied her institution was to blame for the health disaster.
"How on earth can I offer up evidence for something where there is no evidence?" Dr. Shi Zhengli told the New York Times in rare comments to the media.