Media Coverage

10/26/2021

The leader of the Autodefensas Gaitanistas de Colombia and Colombia's most wanted drug trafficker, Dairo Antonio Usuga ("Otoniel"), was captured. "This is the biggest blow against drug trafficking in our country this century. This hit is only comparable to the fall of Pablo Escobar in the 1990s," President Duque said. 

10/26/2021

Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera declared a unilateral cessation of fighting against armed groups, saying he hoped it would lead to peaceful dialogue.

The country has seen recurrent rounds of rebel violence since former president Francois Bozize was ousted in 2013. The spokesman for the main rebel alliance, the Coalition of Patriots for Change (CPC), told Reuters he welcomed the initiative and the CPC would respect the ceasefire if the government did. Past peace accords have quickly fallen apart.

10/26/2021

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte took full responsibility for the bloody war on drugs that has killed thousands of people, but maintained he will never be tried by an international court and would only face a Philippine court and a Philippine judge.

10/26/2021

Two men went on trial over the 2018 murder of an elderly Jewish woman that provoked protests and alarm in France about anti-Semitic crime. The partly burned body of Mirreille Knoll was found in her apartment in central Paris after she had been stabbed 11 times before her home was set on fire. Knoll was a survivor of a 1942 roundup of more than 13,000 Jews in Paris.

10/26/2021

Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and several other members of Sudan’s civilian leadership were arrested as military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan dissolved the transitional government. Hamdok’s arrest followed his refusal to issue a statement in support of the coup.

The arrests prompted thousands of protesters in the capital, Khartoum, to demand the release of the political leaders amid reports of clashes and gunfire. The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors reported at least 12 people were wounded in clashes.

10/22/2021

This sixth round of Syrian Constitutional talks between the Syrian government, opposition, and civil society groups has failed to make meaningful progress according to United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen. 

10/22/2021

Members of the Khulumani Support Group, a social movement in South Africa helping victims of apartheid become active citizens, called on the government to honor the recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in a protest outside the National Assembly in Cape Town.

The group hope promises made 23 years ago are finally fulfilled. They demand reparations including no less than R1 million to be paid to all victims and survivors of apartheid.

10/22/2021

A United States judge has ruled the United States has no legal basis for holding an Afghan man, Asadullah Haroon Gul, at the notorious US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2007, setting the stage for his potential release.

Gul was held for 14 years at Guantanamo without charge and denied access to a lawyer for the first nine years of his detention, according to Reprieve, a US legal advocacy group. In 2016, his lawyers filed a petition in federal court in Washington, DC, arguing his detention was unlawful.

10/22/2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a plan to prevent any further misconduct by aid workers deployed in its field of operations after WHO staff were caught up in a major sexual abuse scandal in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus vowed to ensure that the affair and the victims’ suffering would be “the catalyst for profound transformation of WHO’s culture.”

10/22/2021

A 96-year-old former secretary at a Nazi concentration camp has gone on trial in Germany for alleged complicity in the murder of more than 11,000 people imprisoned there, three weeks after she attempted to flee the proceedings.

Irmgard Furchner, who was 18 when she started working at Stutthof camp in Nazi-occupied Poland as the secretary to its commandant, Paul Werner Hoppe, is being tried in a juvenile court due to her age when the alleged crimes were committed.

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