French activists file case against Rwandan genocide suspect

Activists in France have filed a case against a man accused of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide this week. Michel Bakuzakundi, who reportedly lives in the French city of Le Havre, is accused of being involved in the killings that saw almost 800,000 Tutsis and Hutu supporters massacred. Activists from the Collectif des Parties Civiles pour le Rwanda (Civil Plaintiffs Collective for Rwanda), an organisation that works to prosecute genocide suspects living in Europe, filed the complaint which will be investigated by French authorities. See more from The New Times here .

Yemeni separatists capture Aden

Separatist fighters in Yemen have reportedly captured the defacto capital, Aden and surrounded the presidential palace. According to the news wire, Reuters, the prime minister and senior government figures are trapped inside the palace. Aden has been the government's base since 2014 when Houthi rebels from the North took control of Yemen's capital, Sana'a. Intensified fighting over recent months has plunged the country's population into what the UN has called the world's worst humanitarian crisis. Read more here , here and here .

Farc to put forward 74 candidates in March elections

The newly formed political party of Farc is to put forward 74 candidates in Colombia's upcoming legislative elections in March. Under the peace deal signed in 2016, Farc is guaranteed 10 seats. It changed its name from Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia to Revolutionary Alternative Common Force, keeping its abbreviation of 'Farc'. “We aspire not just to the 10 places, five senators and five representatives, but to many more. We are very optimistic and trust it will be more than ten,” Julian Gallo Cubillos (alias Carlos Antonio Lozada) of Farc told reporters this week. Farc's leader,...

95 dead in car bomb near embassies in Kabul

Updated 23:01 At least 95 people have been killed after a car bomb exploded in Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul on Saturday, close to foreign embassies and by a police check point. Over 150 people are wounded, latest figures suggest. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. The bombing comes just one week after 20 people were killed in an attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul.

Turkey warns US to end support for YPG

The Turkish government on Thursday warned the United States to end its support for the YPG unit as Turkish troops launched an attack on Kurdish forces in Syria. The spokesperson for the Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan warned that continued support would lead to confrontation with Turkey, with anyone supporting the YPG becoming a potential target. Turkey condemned the YPG as a part of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which it deems a terrorist organisation. "Those who support the terrorist organisation will become a target in this battle. The United States needs to review its soldiers and...

Trump warns Palestinians of aid cut if they do not 'negotiate peace' with Israel

The US president Donald Trump on Thursday warned Palestinians that the US could pull aid if, he said, they did not 'negotiate peace' with Israel. “When they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support, tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands - that money is on the table and that money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace,” he added. The Palestinian president remaind defiant however, stating that the US could no longer have a role in the negotiations. “...

Catalan parliament nominates Puigdemont as leader

Defying warnings from Madrid, Catalonia's parliament has nominated the former Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont to serve again as its leader. Mr Puigdemont, who was sacked by Spain following the region's referendum for independence and Catanonia's unilateral declaration of independence, has been living in Belgium since he fled in October. His colleagues and fellow pro-independence supporters were arrested and charged with sedition. The parliament's decision has been met with anger by Madrid, which says it will prevent Mr Puigdemont from ruling the region from exile. Mr Puigdemont remains...

US seeks to denaturalise former Bosnian paramilitary accused of war crimes

The United States has filed a denaturalisation complaint against a 51 year old Bosnian man who is accused of committing extrajudicial killings whilst he was a member of a paramilitary group in the former Yugoslavia int he 1990s. Eso Razic is accused of killing three people including a wounded prisoner of war, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement. “This denaturalization filing demonstrates the U.S. government’s enduring commitment to identify and bring to justice those who have committed human rights violations in any part of the world,” said ICE HSI Deputy Executive...

US warns Kosovo of 'harsh consequences' if parliament votes to halt war crimes court

The United States has warned Kosovo of 'harsh consequences' if the the country's parliament votes to halt the war crimes court examining crimes committed by ethnic Albanians against Serbs during the 1998 war, Reuters reports. such a move was previously stopped following US and EU pressure. However, since then, a parliamentary committee has been looking into establishing a vote to revoke legislation on setting up a war crimes court. The US ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie was quoted by the news wire as saying “the politicians ... despite their denials, would be subject to specific and harsh...

African Union demands retraction from Trump over racist remarks

Following emergency meetings the African Union missions to the US and the United Nations having issued statements expressing their outrage at the US president, Donald Trump describing African and Central American nations as "shitholes countries", and demanded an apology and retraction. The African Group of Ambassadors to the UN said it was "extremely appalled at, and strongly condemns the outrageous, racist and xenophobic remarks". The group also expressed concern at the "continuing and growing trend from the US administration towards Africa and people of African descent to denigrate the...

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