Media Coverage

8/27/2020

French President Emmanuel Macron has created a roadmap for Lebanese politicians outlining political and financial reforms needed to unlock foreign aid and rescue the country from multiple crises including an economic meltdown, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The two-page “concept paper” was delivered by the French ambassador to Beirut, a Lebanese political source said. A diplomatic source at Macron’s Elysee office said no document has been given to Lebanese parties. A French Foreign Ministry official declined comment.

8/27/2020

Police in Belarus dispersed protesters who gathered on the capital’s central square Wednesday, detaining dozens in an effort to end weeks of demonstrations challenging the re-election of the country’s authoritarian ruler.

The crackdown in Independence Square on Wednesday came on the 18th straight day of protests pushing for the resignation of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko.

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8/27/2020

Rwanda has issued an international arrest warrant for former Rwandan spy chief, Aloys Ntiwiragabo, who is under investigation in France over his role in the African country’s 1994 genocide.

French investigative news site Mediapart tracked down Ntiwiragabo, who had been identified by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda as one of the architects of the genocide.

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8/27/2020

Peace talks between warring Afghan sides will begin in September said the country’s top peace negotiator on Thursday in Kabul, a crucial diplomatic process needed to end about two decades of war in Afghanistan.

His comments come at a time when prospect of peace talks were looking bleak over the issue of last batch of Taliban prisoner release.

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8/25/2020

Forces loyal to Libyan commander Khalifa Hifter on Sunday dismissed a ceasefire proposal by the UN-supported government as a “deception,” claiming that rival militias were preparing to attack the strategic city of Sirte.

Ahmed al-Mosmari, a spokesman for Hifter’s forces, told a televised news conference that the proposal “represents nothing but throwing dust in eyes and deceiving the local and international public.”

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8/25/2020

Ex-Bosnian-Serb commander Ratko Mladic has begun appealing against his conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity, in a court hearing where three of the judges are taking part via video link.

As Tuesday’s session began, his lawyers told the UN court that the proceedings should not go ahead until a medical team had reviewed his capacity to take part. They argued he was wrongly convicted of “unscheduled incidents” made as accusations during his trial.

8/25/2020

A community of more than 100,000 people in Kenya is seeking compensation from the British government for forced displacement from their homes and farmland.

It happened under British colonial rule during the first half of the 20th century when Kenyans were cleared from their land holdings to make way for enormous tea plantations.

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8/25/2020

Aspiring politician Abdul Rasheed is among at least a dozen Myanmar citizens from the Rohingya Muslim minority who have applied to be candidates in the November 8 general election.

Six of them have been rejected after officials said they failed to prove their parents were citizens at the time of their birth, a requirement under the election law.

The election is another important test for Myanmar as it makes a transition away from military rule, but rights groups say the disqualification of Rohingya candidates demonstrates the limits of reform.

8/25/2020

More than 35 young Afro-Colombians have been killed in 12 days, some of them tortured, as families call for justice.

The Andes director for the Washington Office on Latin America said, “These are not merely collective homicides due to organized crime and terror. Rather, they are occurring because Duque’s government is not implementing the peace accord and addressing the structural issues that lead to violence.”

“The rural, poor, ethnic groups, and youth are paying the highest price.”

8/21/2020

Colombia has requested the extradition of a notorious paramilitary warlord jailed in the U.S. on drug charges, amid fears that he may be deported to Italy and escape justice for human rights crimes in the Andean nation.

Salvatore Mancuso, 56, led a rightwing paramilitary group, which carried out some of the worst violence against civilians during Colombia’s decades-long civil war.

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