5 Israeli teenagers accused of stoning Palestinian mother

Five Israeli teenagers have been accused of stoning to death a Palestinian mother. Aisha Rabi, a Palestinian mother of nine, was travelling by car with her husband and two daughters when she was struck on the head by a stone. She died near the settlement of Rehelim, in the occupied West Bank, on October 12. The Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet) have not revealed any information on the five suspects detained under suspicion of the crime as they were minors but they are liable for “grave terrorism offences, including murder”. What is known is that the suspects are students of Pri Haaretz, a...

Nigerian military raids newspaper offices and arrests journalists

Nigeria’s security forces conducted a raid on the headquarters and three offices of the country’s Daily Trust newspaper in Maiduguri on Sunday, arresting two journalists, and seizing their laptops and mobile phones. Uthman Abubakar, the north east regional editor and Ibrahim Sawab were both arrested during the raid. The Daily Trust is one of Nigeria’s largest newspapers. Sawab was released later that day, but Abubakhar remains in military custody with his location unknown. Armed soldiers also raided the newspaper’s main office in Abuja, where an operations staff member was also arrested...

Myanmar calls on its military to launch crackdown on Rakhine insurgents

Myanmar’s authorities have ordered their army to launch operations to crack down on an ethnic Rakhine insurgent group after deadly attacks last week in the Rakhine state. The Arakan Army (AA), an armed ethnic group fighting for more autonomy, carried out raids on four police posts in the town Buthidaung, North Rakhine. The attack took place on Myanmar’s Independence Day, leaving 13 police officers dead and nine injured. A government spokesman, Zaw Htay, said that the attacks happened just minutes after the national flag was raised across the country, marking 71 years of Independence from...

US Congress passes bill separating Western Sahara aid from Morocco

The United States House of Reprasentatives on Friday passed a bill separating Western Sahara’s aid from its programme in Morocco on Friday. The new bill outlines language on Western Sahara in a separate section to Morocco. Previously text on aid for the region was covered under the remit of Moroccan aid. Responding to the new US legislation on aid to the Western Sahara and Morocco, the Polisario Front envoy to Washington, said, “Having Western Sahara under its own title in accordance with international law. Even the State Department’s annual report on human rights reports on Western Sahara as...

Soldiers attempt to take control in Gabon

Soldiers have attempted to take control in Gabon in an attempted coup, as the ruling president, Ali Bongo, remains abroad receiving medical treatment for a reported stroke. Seizing control of national state radio, Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, urged people to "rise up", with the message being carried on state television and social media. AFP reported shots were heard close to the radio station, situated in the centre of Libreville. Lieutenant Obiang, who said he was the leader of the Patriotic Youth Movement of the Gabon Defence and Security Forces, said the president's New Year's Eve speech...

US Navy Seal accused of indiscriminating killing Iraqi civilians and stabbing teenage prisoner to death

A US Navy Special Operations Chief is accused of breaking international law by indiscriminating killing Iraqi civilians and nearly a dozen other crimes, including stabbing to death a 15-year-old prisoner. Edward Gallagher has pleaded not guilty when appearing at a hearing in San Diego’s naval base on Friday, with his official trial set to begin on February 19. Gallagher served the Navy for 19 years and faces life imprisonment if found guilty. The prosecution alleges that Gallagher committed several crimes while in Mosul from February to September 2017, including stabbing to death a teenage...

Millions of women protest for entry into Sabarimala Temple in Kerala

More than three million women formed a 385-mile human chain in the state of Kerala in southern India this week, as they protested against a temple policy that banned admission for women. The chain stretched from the northern tip of the state in Kasaragod to the southern end in Thiruvanthapuram. The protest was organised by Kerala’s left-wing coalition government on Thursday however the disputes on this issue have been going on for three months. As the protest took place, at least two women were able to enter the temple with over 100 policemen protecting them from the temple worshippers, who...

Calls continue for Sudan's Omar al Bashir to resign, as protests turn deadly

Demonstrations have been taking place in different regions of Sudan over the last month, including the capital Khartoum, calling on Omar al Bashir to resign as the country’s president. The deadliest of the protests took place on Monday 31st December, as Sudanese security forces fired tear gas and bullets at demonstrators in Khartoum, who marched towards the President’s palace. Schools and universities across Sudan have been shut and state of emergency has been declared in some regions. While the Sudanese Government has set the death toll at 19, Amnesty International has said that the...

Growing calls for independence referendum in southern Yemen

An independence movement in southern Yemen has led growing calls for a referendum on secession in the south of the country, as conflict continues in what has been termed a modern “humanitarian disaster”. The call for Yemen to separate from the north and western provinces has gained popularity in the South with groups stating that they will defend their land but has not be addressed by the international community. The Southern Transitional Council (STC), a group which was established last year and has been advocating for the secession of Southern Yemen, expressed disappointment in the fact that they were excluded from the recent UN-held peace talks in Sweden. The discussion was held between Houthi rebels supported by Iran and the recognised government of Yemen supported by Saudi Arabia, the UAE and its Gulf allies. The issue of secession was not raised, added the STC.

85 former FARC fighters have been killed in Columbia since 2016 Peace Deal

The United Nations reports that 85 former FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia) rebels have been killed since the signing of the peace agreement with the Columbian government in 2016. UN Secretary General, António Guterres, notes that 14 ex-members of FARC were “murdered” within the last three months. The majority of these deaths fell in areas formerly occupied by FARC and where there is little state apparatus. This has allowed for other militant groups and reported drug gangs to exercise control in these regions. The UN called upon Columbian President, Ivan Duque, to do more to...

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