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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.


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.


The UN Security Council on Wednesday finally backed UN chief Antonio Guterres’ March 23 call for a global truce amid the coronavirus pandemic, adopting a resolution after months of talks to win a compromise between the United States and China.

The resolution, drafted by France and Tunisia, calls for “all parties to armed conflicts to engage immediately in a durable humanitarian pause for at least 90 consecutive days” to allow for the delivery of humanitarian aid.

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In the wake of the mass demonstrations in the United States, activists in European cities similarly took the streets to protest against racism and police violence. In Belgium, mostly young activists have defaced statues of King Leopold II with red paint, insisting public spaces be "decolonized" that commemorate the monarch who personally owned the Congo for more than two decades before relinquishing it to the Belgian government which then controlled it for half a century. Are Belgian and other societies in Europe ready to reckon with the truth of their colonial legacies?


Across the country, local and state leaders have been listening to protesters' calls to reexamine their controversial relics of the past and current policies on policing.


Kosovo’s prime minister said on Thursday his government would not attend U.S.-mediated talks with Serbia planned for the weekend at the White House after Kosovo’s president was formally accused of war crimes.

“Because of the new developments ... I have to return to Pristina to deal with the situation,” Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti wrote on his Facebook page.

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Panamanian authorities this week finalized the exhumation of 19 bodies in a private cemetery in Panama City as part of a search for victims of the 1989 invasion by the United States, Panamanian judicial authorities said.

The bodies were exhumed from the Jardín de Paz cemetery in the capital, where they were buried 30 years ago after initially being dumped in mass graves during the December 1989 to January 1990 invasion. Some bodies remain unidentified.


Sudan is finalizing a deal with the United States to compensate the victims of the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, Foreign Minister Asmaa Abdallah said on Tuesday.

The twin blasts took place in August 1998 when a truck bomb hit the U.S. consulate in downtown Nairobi, followed by an explosion at the one in Dar-es-Salaam.

The U.S. has accused Sudan of aiding the attackers linked to the bombings and demanded compensation for victims’ families.


The Trump administration on Wednesday ramped up pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his inner circle with a load of new economic and travel sanctions for human rights abuses and blocking a settlement of the country’s conflict.

The State Department and the Treasury said 39 Syrian individuals, including al-Assad and his wife, had been designated for the new sanctions.


Campaigners have criticized the UN for removing the Saudi-led military coalition in Yemen from a list of groups violating children's rights, adding that the coalition had been responsible for the death or injury of 222 children last year.