Media Coverage

1/30/2020

Peru's opposition leader Keiko Fujimori has returned to prison for a new 15-month pre-trial term amid ongoing investigations into accusations of corruption and money laundering.

Ms. Fujimori has already spent 13 months in jail but Peru's top constitutional court ordered her release in November.

Prosecutors appealed, and a judge ordered her return to prison saying she might interfere with the investigation.

Read more here.https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-51290741

1/30/2020

African Union leaders are expected to renew calls for greater involvement in efforts to resolve Libya's long-running conflict at a summit held on Thursday in the Republic of the Congo.

The meeting in Brazzaville will be held almost two weeks after international stakeholders - including many who back opposite sides in the months-long battle over Libya's capital, Tripoli - gathered in Berlin and agreed to push the warring sides for a permanent ceasefire and respect an existing United Nations arms embargo.

1/30/2020

Following the ruling on January 23 by the U.N.'s top court that ordered Myanmar to protect Rohingya Muslims from genocidal acts, the country's ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party said that the government need not implement special measures.

1/30/2020

Former Bosnian Serb army commander General Ratko Mladic slammed the United Nations’ Yugoslav war crimes tribunal as a “satanic court” and refused to testify as a defense witness for his former political master, Radovan Karadzic.

A courtroom reunion of the two alleged chief architects of Serb atrocities during Bosnia’s 1992-95 war lasted only about an hour as Mladic repeatedly told judges he would not answer former Bosnian Serb President Karadzic’s questions, citing ill health and an unwillingness to risk incriminating himself.

1/30/2020

Trump announced his plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace at a White House event with embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu standing at his side. It includes what Trump called a four-year freeze by Israel on new settlement activity.

 

Although Trump’s stated aim was to end decades of conflict, the plan he advanced favored Israel, underscored by the absence of Palestinians from Trump’s announcement.

 

1/28/2020

A retired Salvadoran general on Friday acknowledged for the first time that the armed forces were responsible for a notorious 1981 massacre of more than 1,000 people during the country’s civil war.

 

Juan Rafael Bustillo, a former commander of the Air Force, told a court the elite Atlacatl Battalion carried out the El Mozote massacre in eastern El Salvador in which unarmed villagers, most of them women and children, were slaughtered.

 

1/28/2020

Tunisia's Islamist Ennahdha party has rejected a new government proposal that excludes other parties, and is open to contest another election.

The biggest party in Parliament in a statement on Monday threatened to upend a second attempt to form a coalition government since elections in October, which fragmented the political establishment.

"We reject the government coalition being confined to some parties," a senior official of Ennahdha, Abd Karim Harouni, said.

1/28/2020

Heavy fighting has broken out, killing at least three people and wounding two dozen others as troops from Libya's two rival governments battle, further eroding a crumbling ceasefire brokered earlier this month.

Clashes erupted on Sunday as renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar's forces advanced 120 kilometers (75 miles) east of Misrata city and seized the town of Abugrein, which was under the control of the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA).

1/27/2020

The Gambia has banned a movement opposed to President Adama Barrow's decision to renege on a promise to call elections this year.

President Barrow came to power in 2017 as the head of an alliance of parties opposed to the autocratic former leader Yahya Jammeh. The coalition agreed he would lead a provisional government for three years and then call elections. But some of his coalition's members last year agreed to support a five-year term, as allowed by the constitution — a move rejected by two parties.

1/27/2020

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has apologized on behalf of his country's government for its failure to protect Jews during World War Two.

It was the first such apology to be offered by a Dutch prime minister.

About 102,000 of the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust came from the Netherlands.

Mr Rutte made the remarks at a Holocaust remembrance event in Amsterdam, ahead of the 75th anniversary on Monday of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp.

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