Over one million displaced in South Sudan violence

More than one million people had fled South Sudan to neighbouring Uganda said the United Nations refugee agency earlier this month, as violence in the country continues. “Over the past 12 months, an average of 1,800 South Sudanese have been arriving in Uganda every day,” said the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a statement earlier this month. “In addition to the million there, a million or even more South Sudanese refugees are being hosted by Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Central African Republic,” it added. “We’re looking at Africa’s...

Tens of thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar amidst reports of massacres

As many as 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar in the last week, since violence flared between Rohingya fighters and government soldiers in the Rakhine state. According to UN officials in neighbouring Bangladesh, an estimated 38,000 people have crossed the border into the country, with reports that fleeing civilians were being shot at. UNHCR regional spokeswoman Vivian Tan told the BBC that they are "seeing lots of makeshifts tents and shelters on the side of the road - every available space is being occupied". The latest figures come as Burma’s military claimed to have killed almost...

Supreme court annuls Kenya’s presidential election

Kenya’s supreme court has annulled the result of the country’s presidential election today, declaring Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory invalid with fresh elections now due to be scheduled. The decision from the country’s top court comes after a petition filed by opposition leader Raila Odinga, who claimed electronic voting results were hacked. He had originally been deemed to have obtained 44 percent of the vote to Mr Kenyatta’s 54 percent. The court ruled 4-2 in Mr Odinga’s favours, citing “illegalities and irregularities” by the electoral commission. Mr Kenyatta said that he “personally disagrees”...

Germany to lift sanctions if Russia enters ceasefire with Ukraine

Sanctions on Russia will be lifted once Moscow agrees to sign a ceasefire agreement with Ukraine, said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. “I am working together with French President and also the help of the United Sates on finding solutions within the Normandy format, “ Ms Merkel said. Merkel alongside Frances Leader has been trying to encourage Russia and Ukraine to implement a ceasefire under the Minks agreement. “If the Minsk agreement is kept, then the requirement will be met for the lifting on the sanctions on Russia,” Ms Merkel added during a joint conference with French President...

North Korea launches missile over Japan

North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japan's northern region, Hokkaido island today, as tensions escalated between the Pyongyang and Washington. The firing of the missile was strongly condemned internationally, with the US president, Donald Trump warning that "all options are on the table". “This regime has signalled its contempt for its neighbours, for all members of the United Nations, and for minimum standards of acceptable international behaviour,” Mr Trump added. “Threatening and destabilising actions only increase the North Korean regime’s isolation in the region and among all...

Guatemala's president orders expulsion of UN anti-corruption lead investigator

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales has ordered the expulsion of the head of the UN lead International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), reports Reuters. Defying a court ruling that against the decision, Mr Morales called on the head of the CICIG Ivan Velasquez to leave the country immediately. In response to the expulsion, the US State department said it was “deeply concerned” by the Guatemalan President’s decision, echoing concerns of the UN and other nations. The CICIG had been involved in the investigation of corruption relating to members of the president’s family.

Kashmir militants storm Indian police camp

Kashmir militants stormed an Indian police camp resulting in an hours long gun battle with Indian security forces which saw 8 policemen and 2 militants killed. The gun battel started after militants stormed an Indian Government controlled police camp in southern Kashmir reports the Guardian. The Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack. The past year has seen Indian troops kill 134 militants, with 79 of the militants believed to have been killed after crossing the border into Indian controlled Kashmir

UN chief visits Israel, Palestinian territories

The UN Secretary General, António Guterres on Sunday embarked on a three visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories to discuss possibilities of restarting the peace process. Mr Guterres is to meet Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu as well as the Palestinian leaders, visiting both Ramallah in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza strip. His visit comes amid Israeli accusations of international bias. Israel's deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely said on Sunday the country would "no longer tolerate anti-Israel bias". “We are seeking a dramatic change in the way the UN treats...

Farc begin transition to political party

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Sunday began its transition to a political party with plans to stand at the general elections next year. The disarmed group held a founding congress on Sunday to choose on its political representatives, which is to include members New Colombia and Alternative Revolutionary Force of Colombia. “At this event we are transforming the FARC into a new, exclusively political organization,” FARC commander Rodrigo Londono, known as Timochenko said, adding that FARC would strive for “a democratic political regime that guarantees peace and social...

Sweden arrests Syrian soldier accused of posing with dead bodies

A court in Sweden has ordered the detention of a man accused of committing war crimes in Syria. Mohammad Abdullah, a 33 year old seeking asylum in the country, stands accused of committing war crimes whilst being a soldier attached to Syrian government forces and fighting against the Islamic State. He reportedly posed for photographs in front of dead or wounded fighters. Prosecutor Henrik Attorp told Swedish radio that the accused had violated the victims' "personal dignity" under international law. Mr Abdullah claimed he was following orders. See more from AP here .

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