Media Coverage

1/22/2021

Riad Salameh, Lebanon’s embattled central bank chief, said he would face questioning in Switzerland as part of a Swiss money-laundering probe, a source tells Al Jazeera.

The Swiss investigation centers on multimillion-dollar transfers by Salameh, his brother Raja and an adviser, Marianna Al-Hoayek, according to Lebanese officials. Reports in local media and information from judicial sources suggest the amount in question is roughly $400 million.

1/22/2021

Since the peace deal that the former guerrilla group FARC signed with the Colombian government, 253 former fighters have been killed, according to numbers compiled by the Institute for Development and Peace Studies.

One of the biggest challenges is identifying those responsible for the killings.

The United Nations Security Council repeated its call for more attention to the security issues affecting former rebels and human rights activists being killed in rural areas in a report released this month.

1/22/2021

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s administration will continue to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the South American country’s president, Anthony Blinken, Biden’s nominee for secretary of state, said on Tuesday.

The United States, along with dozens of other countries, recognized Guaido — the leader of Venezuela’s opposition-held National Assembly — as the country’s president in January 2019, arguing Maduro’s 2018 re-election was rigged.

1/22/2021

Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine, who has been under de facto house arrest by the military since last Friday, has filed an arbitrary detention complaint to the United Nations.

Longtime president Museveni, 76, was re-elected with almost 59 percent of the vote, followed by 38-year-old Bobi Wine, with roughly 35 percent.

1/22/2021

The Central African Republic has announced a 15-day state of emergency after armed groups tried to block the capital, Bangui, in a bid to topple newly re-elected President Faustin Archange Touadera on January 13.

Touadera was declared the winner of the polls by the constitutional court on Monday, despite a very low turnout mainly due to insecurity in a country caught up in a civil war for eight years.

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1/22/2021

Just weeks after UNAMID formally ended 13 years of operations in Darfur, tribal leaders declared that a new bout of inter-ethnic violence killed nearly 140 people last weekend.

This is the worst violence reported since the signing of a peace agreement in October, which observers had hoped would end years of war.

The bloodshed appeared not to involve any signatories to the deal.

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1/19/2021

Demonstrators in Tunisia protested for the fourth consecutive day against the worsening social and economic crisis in the country as the president showed up at one rally and told them to stop.

Blocking streets and setting barricades on fire on Monday, demonstrators clashed with police who responded by firing tear gas. Protesters have looted shops and threw stones and Molotov cocktails at official buildings and businesses in some areas.

1/19/2021

Uganda’s electoral commission has declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the country’s presidential election, extending his 35-year rule as his main rival Bobi Wine alleged fraud and urged citizens to reject the result.

Museveni secured 5.85 million votes, or 58.64 percent, of the total votes cast, while main opposition candidate Bobi Wine won 3.48 million votes or 34.83 percent, the commission said in a televised news conference on Saturday. The voter turnout was 52 percent.

1/19/2021

Central African Republic's highest court on Monday confirmed the re-election of President Faustin-Archange Touadéra, rejecting rivals' objections as the government fends off a rebel offensive. In a speech broadcast on national television on Monday evening, Touadéra called for national reconciliation.

The weeks before and after the December 27 election have been marred by a rebel assault on major cities. The rebels attacked the capital Bangui last week before being repelled by the army and UN peacekeepers. 

1/19/2021

The Trump administration has determined that China has committed “genocide and crimes against humanity” by repressing Uighur Muslims in its Xinjiang region, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday, delivering an embarrassing blow to Beijing a day before U.S. president-elect Joe Biden is set to take office.

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