Media Coverage

18/2/2020

Colombia’s war crimes tribunal said Thursday it will consider the expulsion of retired General Mario Montoya after the former army chief’s behavior infuriated victims.

The hearing of Montoya, who allegedly masterminded the mass execution of civilians to inflate army results, was supposed to last until Friday but was cut short by the magistrates of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace who said they had no more questions.

18/2/2020

Pierre Claver Ndayicariye, chairman of the Burundi's truth and reconciliation commission, told journalists on Friday that the remains of 6,032 victims, as well as thousands of bullets, were recovered. Clothes, glasses, and rosaries were used to identify some of the victims.

Referring to a 1972 massacre, which is believed to have targeted people from the Hutu ethnic group, Ndayicariye said families of the victims were able to "break the silence" that was imposed 48 years ago.

18/2/2020

Syrian government forces have made significant advances in their military push against the last major rebel bastion in the country's northwest, according to state media, in a ferocious offensive that has forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.

State television said on Sunday that the Russian-backed forces "have liberated all the villages and small towns west of Aleppo city."

18/2/2020

The nation’s intelligence or security agencies were likely involved in the 1980 murders of democracy advocate Lin I-hsiung’s mother and 6-year-old twin daughters, but the destruction of key evidence has made it hard to draw firm conclusions, the Transitional Justice Commission said yesterday, as it released a report of its investigation into the murders.

An investigation into the murders had been “severely obstructed,” and the possibility of the then-Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) government’s involvement could not be ruled out, the report said.

13/2/2020

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó was met with protests at the airport after returning to Venezuela from an international support-building tour.

Supporters of President Nicolás Maduro shouted "fascist!", grabbed Mr. Guaidó's shirt and pushed him in the airport just outside the capital Caracas.

Mr. Guaidó, 36, defied a travel ban to go to Colombia, Europe, Canada, and the US, and met US President Donald Trump.

He is considered the legitimate leader of Venezuela by more than 50 countries.

13/2/2020

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has confirmed that his government is in contact with al-Qaida-linked extremist leaders as the West African country faces some of the worst violence since its crisis began in 2012, according to an interview with French media.

Keita told Radio France Internationale and France 24 that he had a duty “to do everything possible so that, by one means or another, we can achieve some sort of appeasement.”

13/2/2020

The UN Security Council on Wednesday in New York adopted a resolution calling for "lasting ceasefire" in Libya's ongoing conflict.

The resolution confirms commitments made by international leaders during a summit in Berlin on January 19, including upholding a UN arms embargo and ending international interference in the conflict and military support for the opposing factions.

13/2/2020

London, United Kingdom - The United Kingdom, Turkey, and the United States have been asked to open police investigations into alleged war crimes committed by the United Arab Emirates and its mercenaries in Yemen in 2015 and 2019, and arrest Emirati officials under the principle of universal jurisdiction.

13/2/2020

A US-Taliban agreement on the "reduction in violence" in Afghanistan is expected to be announced "very soon", the group's official has said.

"We have made some significant progress and will soon release a statement on the agreement on reduction of violence in Afghanistan," the Taliban official told Al Jazeera on Wednesday.

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11/2/2020

Beirut, Lebanon - Lebanon's Parliament has backed a new cabinet and the government's financial rescue plan in a vote of confidence held despite attempts by protesters to block it.

Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri congratulated the legislators who sat through a nine-hour session on Tuesday before holding a vote that saw 63 of 84 MPs present give their confidence to the new government formed last month. Twenty MPs voted against the government and one abstained.

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