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    Top Philippine drug war critic arrested, but defiant
    24.02.17
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    The highest-profile critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal drug war was arrested Friday on charges she said were meant to silence her, but she vowed to keep fighting the "sociopathic serial killer". Speaking to journalists minutes before armed police in flak jackets detained her, Senator Leila de Lima insisted she was innocent of the drug trafficking charges that could see her jailed for life. "It is my honour to be imprisoned for the things I am fighting for. Please pray for me," De Lima, 57, said outside her Senate office where she had sought temporary refuge overnight after an arrest warrant was issued on...

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    Balkan war criminals welcomed back to public life
    24.02.17
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    Jailed for committing atrocities in the conflict-riven 1990s, Balkan war criminals are being welcomed back to the limelight, resuming political posts, advising top officials and preaching in church. Two decades after the bloodshed that tore apart communist Yugoslavia, the men convicted for their destructive roles are increasingly present in public life, especially in Serbia, where many of them remain popular. Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic in January received Momcilo Krajisnik, a wartime Bosnian Serb leader who was released after serving two thirds of a 20-year jail sentence handed down by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former...

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    Top Philippine drug war critic arrested, but defiant
    24.02.17
    AFP

    The highest-profile critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal drug war was arrested Friday on charges supporters said were meant to silence her, but she vowed to keep campaigning against killings and "repression". In comments to journalists moments before police detained her following an overnight vigil at her office, Senator Leila de Lima insisted she was innocent of the drug trafficking charges that could see her jailed for life. "It is my honour to be imprisoned for the things I am fighting for. Please pray for me," De Lima told reporters outside her Senate office. "As I have been saying all along, I am innocent....

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    Bosnia appeals UN ruling clearing Serbia of genocide
    23.02.17
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    Bosnia on Thursday asked the United Nations' top court to review its 2007 ruling that cleared Serbia of genocide during the 1990s civil war. "At this moment the delivery (of the appeal) is on the way" to the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ), Bakir Izetbegovic, the Muslim member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, told reporters in Sarajevo. Many officials in Bosnia had argued against the move, saying it could spark a new political crisis in the ethnically divided Balkan country. Some Bosnian Serbs have said they will consider a boycott of central institutions over the move. Mladen Ivanic, the Serb member...

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    Top Philippine drug war critic dodges arrest
    23.02.17
    AFP

    An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for the highest-profile opponent of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs, but she dodged police and sought refuge in the Senate. The planned arrest of Senator Leila de Lima outraged her supporters and human rights activists, who said the government had manufactured drug trafficking charges to silence her criticism of Duterte and intimidate others. The 57-year-old lawyer, who has spent nearly a decade trying to link Duterte to death squads that have allegedly killed thousands of people, could be jailed for life if she is found guilty of drug trafficking. "I have no plans of...

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    Top Philippine drug war critic dodges arrest
    23.02.17
    AFP

    An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for the highest-profile opponent of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly war on drugs, but she dodged police and sought refuge in the Senate. The planned arrest of Senator Leila de Lima outraged her supporters and human rights activists, who said the government had manufactured drug trafficking charges to silence her criticism of Duterte and intimidate others. The 57-year-old lawyer, who has spent nearly a decade trying to link Duterte to death squads that have allegedly killed thousands of people, could be jailed for life if she is found guilty of drug trafficking. "I have no plans of...

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    France's Macron gets boost, but election is wide open
    23.02.17
    AFP

    Emmanuel Macron has emerged as the undisputed king of the French centre ground, but shifting sentiment and alliances make predicting this year's presidential election as difficult as ever. Macron, a 39-year-old former economy minister, was given little chance when he launched a new political movement "En Marche" (On the Move) last year ahead of a vote that was billed as a fight between conservatives and the far-right. But the pro-European progressive is now a frontrunner to become France's next leader and will draw fresh strength from an alliance with veteran centrist Francois Bayrou, who decided against mounting a rival presidential bid on...

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    US white supremacist David Duke praises France's Le Pen
    23.02.17
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    American white supremacist David Duke has praised France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, extolling her political prowess and controversial father. "Her father is a great man, a true patriot. He raised a strong & intelligent woman who understands how to play 21st century politics," Duke said on Twitter on Wednesday, responding to a question about his views on Le Pen. Jean-Marie Le Pen, 88, is the founder of France's far-right National Front party, a five-time presidential candidate who has had multiple convictions for inciting racial hatred and denying crimes against humanity. Marine Le Pen took over leadership of...

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    Arrest warrant for top Philippine drug war critic
    23.02.17
    AFP

    An arrest warrant was issued Thursday for the highest-profile opponent of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs, outraging her supporters who said the move was aimed at silencing her. Senator Leila de Lima, 57, a lawyer who has spent nearly a decade trying to link Duterte to death squads that have allegedly killed thousands of people, faces drug trafficking charges that could see her jailed for life. "I have no plans of fleeing and I have no plans to go in hiding. I will face all these charges," a tearful De Lima told reporters at the Senate after a Manila court issued the arrest warrant. De Lima said that...

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    Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage on Philippine miners
    23.02.17
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    After two decades as a yoga missionary, Philippine Environment Secretary Regina Lopez is unleashing her inner rage on the mining industry while aiming for Bhutan-style gross national happiness. Lopez has in recent months moved global commodity markets with a campaign to close roughly two-thirds of the existing mines in the Philippines, which is the world's biggest supplier of nickel ore and a major source of copper. For the 63-year-old, her sudden elevation by firebrand President Rodrigo Duterte to government last year after a lifetime of spiritual and environmental pursuits has presented an unexpected chance to bring about radical change in...

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    Myanmar security forces probe Rohingya prison deaths
    22.02.17
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    Myanmar's security forces are investigating the deaths of eight Rohingya in custody who were among hundreds arrested during a military crackdown in the north of Rakhine state, the government said Wednesday. Hundreds of Rohingya are thought to have been killed during the army campaign launched four months ago after militants carried out deadly raids on police border posts. Some 73,000 have fled to Bangladesh to escape the "clearance operations", which the UN said have been used as a cover for security forces to butcher and rape civilians from the loathed Muslim minority. Several escapees interviewed by UN investigators in Bangladesh...

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    Iraqi ex-soldier in German court over beheaded IS jihadist photos
    22.02.17
    AFP

    A Berlin court on Wednesday began hearing a case against a former Iraqi soldier charged with war crimes after he allegedly posed for photographs with the severed heads of two IS jihadists. The 28-year-old, identified by the court as Rami K., was photographed in March 2015 holding the severed heads by their hair. The accused was then a soldier in the Iraqi army, and the picture, taken near the city of Tikrit -- about 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Baghdad, has been widely circulated on the internet. The man subsequently fled to Germany in 2015, seeking refuge along with a record influx of asylum seekers in Europe's biggest...

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