UK Labour’s Starmer supports plans to spread power away from Westminster

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – British opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer will on Monday support plans to spread power away from the political centre of Westminster, aiming to offer people more control over their lives and local politicians a greater say on transport, housing and jobs.

British rail workers reject offer to avert strikes

Britain’s RMT union said on Sunday that it had rejected a pay rise offer of 4% in 2022 and 2023 from train operators aimed at heading off further strike action, which has disrupted travel for millions of rail users.

West African leaders plan peacekeeping force to counter ‘coup belt’ reputation

West African leaders said on Sunday they would establish a regional peacekeeping force to intervene in member states to help restore security and
constitutional order in a region that has witnessed several coups in the past two years.

U.S. ready to meet Russia over nuclear treaty

The United States remains ready to meet Russia for talks over a nuclear treaty despite Moscow having accused Washington of toxic anti-Russian behavior that it cited to pull out of the negotiations earlier this week, the State Department said.

FBI director raises national security concerns about TikTok

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray is raising national security concerns about TikTok, warning Friday that control of the popular video sharing app is in the hands of a Chinese government “that doesn’t share our values.”

Indonesia to penalise sex outside marriage

Indonesia’s parliament is expected to pass a new criminal code this month that will penalise sex outside marriage with a punishment of up to one year in jail, officials have confirmed.

Assange appeals to European court

WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights in a bid to avoid being extradited to the United States.