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Militia attack kills 34 civilians in DR Congo
Goma (DR Congo) (AFP) - At least 34 civilians were killed Sunday in ethnic violence in restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said.
"The provisional toll is 34 civilians killed," said local official Joy Bokele, referring to the attack by a Nande ethnicity militia on the Hutu village of Luhanga.
"They started by attacking the FARDC (DR Congo military) position. While they were attacking the FARDC, another group was executing the population with bladed weapons or bullets," Bokele said.
He added that the attack was carried out by a Nande militia group and that one of the attackers was killed in the clashes.
Tension between the Nande and Hutu peoples have been high in the restive east, shaken by two decades of fighting over land, ethnic tensions and mineral riches.
First Turkish minister visits Israel since 2010
Tel Aviv (AFP) - Turkey's tourism minister on Tuesday became the first member of his country's cabinet to visit Israel since 2010, despite a row over settlements on Palestinian land.Nabi Avci met his Israeli counterpart Yariv Levin in Tel Aviv amid a dispute over a new law legalising dozens of West Bank illegal outposts, but the two men downplayed the issue at a news conference."I think the bilateral relationship between Israel and Turkey is a crucial component to the stability of the region… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
EU says nations can return migrants to Greece from March
Brussels (AFP) - The EU proposed Thursday that member states resume returning asylum seekers to Greece from March next year, after transfers were suspended for five years because of poor conditions there.The European Commission, the EU executive, said Athens had now partly improved conditions in line with 2011 court rulings that had suspended the transfers and encouraged the flow of refugees and migrants to wealthier EU countries."We are recommending the gradual resumption of Dublin transfers… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Ex-altar boy refuses to testify at Vatican Guam abuse trial
HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A former altar boy who accused Guam's longtime archbishop of sexually abusing him refused Thursday to testify before a Vatican court headed by American Cardinal Raymond Burke on the grounds that he couldn't have his lawyer present.Roland Sondia met with Burke and other Vatican officials who traveled to the Pacific island U.S. territory to take testimony for the trial of Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron, attorney David Lujan said.Lujan said the proceedings were "worse" than he… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Ex-GOP congressman: Ryan would look into impeachment if a Democratic president acted like Trump
Former South Carolina Rep. Bob Inglis fired off a series of tweets Friday challenging a claim by House Speaker Paul Ryan that Republicans wouldn’t try to impeach a Democratic president accused of the same actions as President Trump.Inglis, who served on the House judiciary committee that impeached former President Bill Clinton, wrote to Ryan: “You know that you would be inquiring into impeachment if this were a D.” .@SpeakerRyan you know this isn't true. You know that you would be inquiring… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
South Africa says domestic rhino horn trade on ice, takes issue to top court
White Rhinos await buyers in pens at the annual auction in South Africa's Hluhluwe-Imfolozi national park, September 18, 2010. Photo by Reuters/Mike Hutchings South Africa's department of environmental affairs said on Wednesday an on-again-off-again moratorium on domestic trade in rhino horn had been reinstated after it appealed to the top court in the land to render judgment on the thorny issue. The outcome has no bearing on a ban on international trade in rhino horn. Potential domestic… chat_bubble_outline Read More...