Netherlands has ‘very limited liability’ for Srebrenica deaths

Netherlands has ‘very limited liability’ for Srebrenica deaths

The Dutch Supreme Court has upheld the partial liability of the Netherlands for the deaths of around 350 Bosniak Muslims in Srebrenica, who were expelled from a United Nations base and subsequently murdered by Serb forces in the July 1995 genocide. The Hague-based court on Friday ruled that Dutch UN peacekeepers could have let the Bosniaks…
Ramaphosa ‘deliberately misled’ South Africa parliament: watchdog

Ramaphosa ‘deliberately misled’ South Africa parliament: watchdog

South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog has said President Cyril Ramaphosa "deliberately misled" parliament about a 500,000 rand ($35,900) donation he received for his campaign to lead the African National Congress (ANC). Ramaphosa, who replaced former President Jacob Zuma last year and then went on to win a presidential election by pledging to tackle corruption, had denied knowledge of…
Afghanistan: Kabul University hit by explosion

Afghanistan: Kabul University hit by explosion

At least eight people have been killed after a bomb detonated near university premises in Afghanistan's capital on Friday, officials said. Wahidullah Mayar, the Health Ministry spokesman, wrote on Twitter that another 33 people were wounded in Friday's explosion. Reports said the blast took place near Kabul University's southern entrance. There has been no immediate…
‘Not deterred’: A defiant Ilhan Omar vows to fight Trump

‘Not deterred’: A defiant Ilhan Omar vows to fight Trump

US Representative Ilhan Omar says she will not be intimidated by President Donald Trump, who has attacked her with racist comments more than once this week, as she returned to a warm welcome in her home state of Minnesota in the United States. "We are not deterred. We are not frightened," she told her supporters…
Turkey launches air strike on Iraqi Kurdistan after envoy killed

Turkey launches air strike on Iraqi Kurdistan after envoy killed

Turkish diplomat was killed at a restaurant in Erbil [Azad Lashkari/Reuters] Turkey on Thursday launched an air attack on the Kurdish region in northern Iraq in response to the killing of a Turkish diplomat in the region, the country's defence minister said. The Turkish vice consul to Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region was shot dead on…
Yemenis die as UAE and Saudi withhold aid funds: UN

Yemenis die as UAE and Saudi withhold aid funds: UN

United Nations - Yemenis are dying from cholera, hunger and other ills because Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are not making good on funding pledges they made earlier this year, a top United Nations official warned on Thursday. Mark Lowcock, the UN's emergency relief coordinator and under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, told the…
As Trump seeks distance from racist chant, Omar calls him fascist

As Trump seeks distance from racist chant, Omar calls him fascist

US Representative Ilhan Omar called Donald Trump "fascist" on Thursday as the president sought to distance himself from racist chants heard at his campaign rally on Wednesday night.  "I believe he is fascist," Omar told reporters on Capitol Hill. "I want to remind people that this is what this president and his supporters have turned…
‘No-deal’ Brexit dealt blow by UK parliament

‘No-deal’ Brexit dealt blow by UK parliament

British parliamentarians dealt a blow on Thursday both to the dying embers of Prime Minister Theresa May's administration and to the likely next leader, Boris Johnson, even before he's been confirmed. MPs defeated the government in a vote that should thwart any efforts to suspend parliament in order to push through a "no-deal" Brexit. Parliament has…
#IStandWithIlhan: Show of support for Omar after racist chants

#IStandWithIlhan: Show of support for Omar after racist chants

Politicians, public figures and activists in the United States and elsewhere have rallied behind Representative Ilhan Omar as President Donald Trump stepped up attacks against her and other Democratic congresswomen of colour. In a re-election campaign rally on Wednesday, the first since his racist tweets over the weekend in which he told the four congresswomen to "go back" to…
UN investigator calls for tougher approach on Myanmar abuses

UN investigator calls for tougher approach on Myanmar abuses

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - The United States sanctions imposed on senior military leaders in Myanmar should have been tougher and applied to more generals, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar has said. Speaking to reporters on Thursday at the end of a working visit to Thailand and Malaysia, Yanghee Lee said the…