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A Tunisian coalition of workers, employers, human rights activists and lawyers won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for pulling the country that sparked the Arab Spring back onto a path toward democracy and preventing it from descending into civil war.

The United Nations' human rights chief is calling on Mexico to allow a special panel of experts to investigate the disappearance of 43 students in September of last year.

Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe is facing a preliminary investigation over accusations that he was complicit in a 1997 massacre, the Supreme Court announced on Wednesday.

Fighting continued for a second day yesterday near the headquarters of the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army-North in Mong Hsu township, an area renowned for its ruby mines. Further north the Kachin News Agency reported fighting yesterday in the jade-rich area of Hpakant between the Kachin Independence Army and the Tatmadaw.

The International Criminal Court said on Wednesday that its prosecutor planned to investigate possible crimes committed in the 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia, bringing Moscow, an opponent of the court, into its sights for the first time.

A judge in the Basic Court of Mitrovica on Wednesday ordered 30 days of detention for former senior Kosovo Liberation Army fighter Xhemshit Krasniqi.

Former state prosecutor Munib Halilovic said on Thursday that a disciplinary case against him for failing to work on a war crimes investigation for more than six years was a “message to all prosecutors to pick easier cases”.

In an unusual move, a court in Sri Lanka has sentenced four government soldiers to 25 years in prison for the gang rape of a Tamil woman in northern Sri Lanka.

In the stonewashed villages dotting the banks of the Araguaia River, which skirts the eastern edge of the Amazon rain forest, outsiders are treated with caution. Wary glances and guarded tones convey that trust is hard won.

Less than half the candidates in this month's Ivory Coast presidential election signed a good conduct pledge on Wednesday as some opposition politicians said the vote would not be democratic and risked turning violent.