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An Ivory Coast court on Monday adjourned Simone Gbagbo's trial for crimes against humanity until October 10, after the former first lady complained she was too tired to proceed.

"When I sent for the defendant this morning, she made it known that she was very tired and she asked us to take account of her counsel's request to let her rest," state prosecutor Ali Yeo told the court in Abidjan.


One former prisoner described undergoing desperate jailhouse surgery performed with a scavenged razor blade. A woman told of her gang rape by a military commander and his troops, each awaiting his turn. Another man recounted thirst-crazed prisoners licking spilled water from the floor “like cats.”


For a city still divided more than 25 years after the end of Lebanon’s civil war, Beirut is embarking on a journey to preserve fading memories of the conflict in the once-residential building-turned snipers’ lair of Beit Beirut or house of Beirut.

Also known as the Barakat house, the building – which sits on Damascus Road and straddles the green line that used to separate Christian East Beirut and Muslim West Beirut – will be transformed into a museum and cultural centre when it opens in late September this year.


Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Youssef Chahed named his new government on Saturday, appointing a former investment official as finance minister and keeping the previous foreign and defence ministers in their posts.

Chahed, named premier after his predecessor was dismissed by lawmakers in a no-confidence vote last month, had been in talks with the main secularist, leftist and Islamist parties over cabinet posts. His cabinet line-up must now go to parliament for a vote of approval.


The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas on Friday unveiled the independent mechanism they have negotiated for selecting judges for special peace tribunals, a process in which they will seek to enlist the participation of Pope Francis and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

The agreement unveiled Friday in Havana, the venue for peace talks dating back to late 2012, mentions the designation of prominent figures and institutions that will be tasked with naming the members of the judge selection committee.


Rodrigo Duterte, the new president of the Philippines, campaigned as a tough-on-crime candidate, threatening death for drug dealers.

And in the seven weeks since he took office, nearly 1,800 alleged criminals have died — at the hands of police or under mysterious circumstances. The wave of extrajudicial killings has prompted outcry from human rights watchdogs, the Catholic Church and the United Nations.


The announcement that hundreds of people accused of “political” crimes would no longer face prosecution has raised hopes that political prisoners still behind bars could be freed before the peace process gets under way at the end of this month. Activists have called for the release of about 83 prisoners and the abandonment of prosecutions directed at a further 142 people who face what they call political charges.


On 11 July, South Sudanese troops, fresh from winning a battle with opposition forces in the capital, Juba, went on a nearly four-hour rampage through a residential compound popular with foreigners, in one of the worst targeted attacks on aid workers in South Sudan’s three-year civil war. They shot dead a local journalist while forcing the foreigners to watch, raped several foreign women, singled out Americans, beat and robbed people and carried out mock executions, several witnesses told the Associated Press.


The security chief of a Rwandan warlord wanted under an international warrant has been arrested in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a military spokesman said Sunday.

Patrick Sabimana was detained by DR Congo armed forces "during a commando operation against him" on Thursday, military spokesman Guillaume Ndjike in the troubled North Kivu province told AFP.

Sabimana is head of security for warlord Sylvestre Mudacumura of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), who is wanted for crimes committed in the volatile eastern Kivu region.


At least 36 people have been killed in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the government said on Sunday, calling it a massacre in revenge for military operations in the area.

Three days of national mourning have been declared following Saturday night’s mass killing, the latest in a series of massacres that have left more than 600 people dead in and around the troubled town of Beni since 2014.