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    ICC rules jihadist liable for 2.7 mn euros for Timbuktu destruction
    17.08.17
    AFP

    War crimes judges said Thursday that a Malian jihadist was liable for 2.7 million euros in personal damages for destroying Timbuktu's fabled shrines in 2012, as they ordered reparations in a landmark ruling. The International Criminal Court ordered that the victims of the razing of the fabled west African city's historic treasures be paid "individual, collective and symbolic" reparations. But the judges at the tribunal in The Hague also recognised that Ahmad Al-Faqi Al-Mahdi -- jailed last September for nine years -- was penniless, saying it was now up to the Trust Fund for Victims to decide how the outstanding amount will have to be...

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    ICC rules jihadist liable for 2.7 mn euros for Timbuktu rampage
    17.08.17
    AFP

    War crimes judges said Thursday that a Malian jihadist was liable for 2.7 million euros in personal damages for destroying Timbuktu's fabled shrines in 2012, as they ordered reparations in a landmark ruling. The International Criminal Court ordered that the victims of the razing of the fabled west African city's historic treasures be paid "individual, collective and symbolic" reparations. But the judges at the Hague-based tribunal also recognised that Ahmad Al-Faqi Al-Mahdi -- jailed last September for nine years -- was penniless, saying it was now up to the Trust Fund for Victims to decide how the outstanding amount will have to be...

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    Philippine economy surges, defies concerns
    17.08.17
    AFP

    The Philippine economy grew by 6.5 percent in the three months to June, likely one of the fastest in Asia, the government said Thursday, defying concerns over President Rodrigo Duterte's unconventional leadership. With solid fundamentals laid by predecessor Benigno Aquino, Duterte has now presided over an economy growing at an average 6.6 percent clip in the past year, despite rule-of-law concerns over his drug war that has left thousands dead. "I am pleased to inform you that we remain as one of the best-performing economies in Asia," Economic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said in a speech to announce gross domestic product growth for the...

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    ICC rules jihadist liable for 2.7 mn euros for Timbuktu rampage
    17.08.17
    AFP

    War crimes judges said Thursday that a Malian jihadist was liable for 2.7 million euros in personal damages for destroying Timbuktu's fabled shrines in 2012, as they ordered reparations in a landmark ruling. The International Criminal Court ordered that the victims of the razing of the fabled west African city's historic treasures be paid "individual, collective and symbolic" reparations. But the judges at The Hague-based tribunal also recognised that Ahmad Al-Faqi Al-Mahdi -- jailed last September for nine years -- was penniless, saying it was now up to the Trust Fund for Victims to decide how the outstanding amount will have to be...

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    Mali ex-jihadist liable for 2.7 mn euros for Timbuktu destruction: ICC
    17.08.17
    AFP

    A war crimes court Thursday said a Malian ex-jihadist caused 2.7 million euros in damages when he destroyed Timbuktu's fabled shrines in 2012. The International Criminal Court ordered victims be paid "individual, collective and symbolic" reparations, ICC judge Raul Pangalangan said. But the judges at the Hague-based tribunal recognised that Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi was penniless, saying it was up to the Trust Fund for Victims (TFV) -- set up to implement the judge's decisions -- to decide how the outstanding amount will have to be paid. The judges further ordered that the Malian state as well as the international community be...

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    Philippine police kill 25 more after Duterte's death call
    17.08.17
    AFP

    Police in the Philippine capital shot dead 25 drug suspects in another round of anti-drug raids, authorities said Thursday, as they followed President Rodrigo Duterte's call for dozens of deaths a day. The killings, carried out in Manila from Wednesday to Thursday morning, came after police shot dead 32 drug suspects in the province neighbouring the capital early in the week in what was billed as a "shock and awe" operation against drug traffickers. Manila police spokesman Senior Superintendent Erwin Margarejo said the 25 were killed in 18 various operations against drug suspects. "It is a simultaneous police operation. All the units...

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    War court poised for historic ruling on Timbuktu jihadist rampage
    17.08.17
    AFP

    War crimes judges are poised to make legal history on Thursday with a ruling on compensation for the destruction of fabled shrines in the Malian town of Timbuktu, an act ordered by a now-repentant jihadist. The perpetrator, Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, was jailed last September for nine years for ordering the 2012 attack on the venerated landmarks. Thursday's decision will determine reparations for victims. Jihadists used pickaxes and bulldozers against nine mausoleums and the centuries-old door of the Sidi Yahya mosque, part of a golden age of Islam. Timbuktu, founded by Tuareg tribes between the fifth and 12th centuries,...

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    Iraq seeks UN resolution to investigate IS
    16.08.17
    AFP

    Iraq has asked the UN to assist it with gathering evidence of crimes committed by the Islamic State group and said it was working with Britain to draft a Security Council resolution to establish an investigation. In a letter dated August 9 but given to the press Wednesday, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafaari, congratulating his country's army on its "brilliant military victories" against the militant force that once controlled vast swaths of Iraqi territory, said IS was guilty of "crimes against humanity." He requested assistance of the international community to investigate IS crimes. "In this regard, the Republic of Iraq and the United...

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    LRA rebels kidnap at least 10 in DR Congo
    16.08.17
    AFP

    At least 10 people, but possibly as many as 40, have been kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo by suspected members of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), local sources said Wednesday. "We condemn the kidnapping of 10 people from the village of Kunu (in the northeast) by gunmen identified as LRA rebels," a local official, Dungu Christophe Ikando, told AFP. But the UN radio station in DR Congo reported that "at least 40 people had been kidnapped", including two members of a commission charged with organising elections in the country. "Two of our agents who were on their way back from a voter registration centre were ambushed by...

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    Suspense as Kenya awaits next move on poll dispute
    16.08.17
    AFP

    Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga is expected to unveil his next move Wednesday to contest a presidential poll he claims was rigged in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta. The 72-year-old cried foul shortly after vote counting began in last Tuesday's election, sparking deadly protests in his strongholds that left at least 17 dead and 177 injured. But the unrest has given way to a tense limbo as his supporters wait to hear if their leader will take his grievances to court, as he has been urged to do, or back onto the streets. Initially, his decision was to have been announced on Tuesday, but he pushed it back by a day citing the...

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    Kenya suspends plans to shut down rights bodies
    16.08.17
    AFP

    Kenya's interior minister on Wednesday suspended plans to shut down two rights bodies, a move that had raised alarm and suspicion just days after a hotly disputed election. The country's NGO board, a regulatory body attached to the interior ministry, had earlier this week moved to shut down the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) as well as the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG). Officials from both organisations viewed the move as highly suspicious at a time when they are weighing legal action over last week's presidential election, which opposition leader Raila Odinga claims was rigged in favour of President Uhuru...

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    Philippine police kill 32 in 'shock and awe' drug raids
    16.08.17
    AFP

    Philippine police killed 32 people in "shock and awe" raids aimed at scaring drug traffickers, authorities said Wednesday, after President Rodrigo Duterte admitted to setbacks in his controversial crime war. Duterte has waged an unprecedented crackdown on drugs during his 14 months in power that has seen police and suspected vigilantes kill thousands of people, leading to warnings by rights groups that he may be overseeing a crime against humanity. In one of the deadliest operations of the war, police reported killing 32 people in a series of raids Monday on suspected drug traffickers across Bulacan province, which neighbours the capital of...

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