Media Coverage

7/28/2020

At least nine members of Colombia’s military died on Tuesday when a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying them was involved in an accident in the Andean country’s Guaviare province, the army reported. The soldiers were involved in operations against dissident former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerilla group.

Dissident former FARC members — who rejected the 2016 peace deal to end conflict with the government — have a strong presence in the region where the accident happened.

7/28/2020

Lebanon re-imposed severe COVID-19 restrictions on Monday for the next two weeks, shutting down places of worship, cinemas, bars, nightclubs, sporting events, and popular markets after a sharp rise in infections.

Shops, private companies, banks, and educational institutions would be permitted to stay open, but only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with a near-total lockdown in place from Thursday, July 30, through Monday, August 10.

7/28/2020

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a motion to seize a USD $3.5 million mansion from Yahya Jammeh, the former strongman of the Gambia, just one of 281 known properties registered in his name or in which he holds shares.

The mansion was purchased through a trust set up in his daughter’s name, Mariam, using millions of U.S. dollars embezzled from the Gambia’s public funds and through business bribes, according to the complaint.

7/28/2020

The International Criminal Court (ICC) marked the Day of International Criminal Justice on July 17. Commemorations this year focus on the theme of resilience in crisis and conflict. Amidst the global pandemic, gross violations of human rights continue to unfold across the world; there is an outcry for justice. In opening a dialogue on resilience, the court invites those seeking to build a more just world to engage with the ICC and each other, sharing messages and stories of strength, hope, and human dignity.

7/28/2020

The United Nations (UN) documented almost 3,500 civilian casualties in Afghanistan during the first half of 2020, a slight decrease on the year but still a worrying figure given that an agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban took effect early this year designed to bring a “significant” reduction in violence. The mid-year report released Monday by the UN mission in Afghanistan blames Taliban militants for 43 percent of the civilian casualties and warns the war remains one of the deadliest in the world.

7/23/2020

Bolivia’s plan to hold elections in September is increasingly in doubt amid rising coronavirus deaths, and reports that police have recovered the bodies of hundreds of suspected Covid-19 victims.

Elections scheduled for September were seen as a key step in stabilizing Bolivia’s democracy after a year of political tumult that reached its peak in November when Evo Morales was forced to resign as president by the military.

7/23/2020

The party of Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo, who was acquitted of war crimes by the International Criminal Court last year, on Wednesday called for him to run for president in the October elections.

It was not yet clear if Gbagbo, who resides in Belgium, will accept the FPI party’s recommendation and return to Ivory Coast.

But a candidacy of Gbagbo, who refused to step down from office after a disputed 2010 election, sparking a civil war that killed about 3,000 people, would be a twist in a tense build-up to polls that many fear could spark more violence.

7/23/2020

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has arrived in Lebanon on a visit aimed at pressing Beirut to implement long-overdue reforms and dissociate from regional conflicts, both seen as key to unlocking international aid.

Le Drian’s two-day visit comes as Lebanon spirals into its worst-ever economic crisis that is leading to mass poverty and rising hunger. On Thursday, he is set to meet Lebanese leaders, including President Michel Aoun, House Speaker Nabih Berri, and Prime Minister Hassan Diab.

7/23/2020

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s party and its allies have won an expected majority of seats in the war-torn country’s parliamentary election, denounced as “theatrical” by exiled members of opposition.

Millions of people displaced by Syria’s long-running war were not eligible to cast ballots in the poll, which took place amid deepening economic woes.

7/23/2020

Bosnia’s ethnically divided southern town of Mostar will hold its first local vote in 12 years on December 20, the election authority announced on Thursday.

Mostar, where failure by the Bosniak (Bosnian Muslims) and Croat ruling parties to enforce a 2010 constitutional court decision on power-sharing had blocked the election of city councilors for a decade, was originally exempted from the vote.

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