North Korea Cuts Off All Communications Lines to South Korea

The North’s leadership says it will now treat the South as an “enemy,” the latest sign of chilling relations between the two Koreas. SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea said on Tuesday that it would cut off all communication lines with South Korea, including military hotlines, as it vowed to reverse a recent détente on the Korean Peninsula and start treating the South as an “enemy.” North Korea made the decision when its top officials in charge of relations with the South, including Kim Yo-jong, the sister of the supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, met on Monday, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said. The officials “stressed that the work toward the South should thoroughly turn into one

Libya: GNA says mass graves found in Tarhuna after Haftar’s retreat

Bodies found in western town were handcuffed, including that of a 12-year-old girl, UN-recognised government says. Workers from the Libyan Red Crescent and the General Authority for Research and Identification of Missing Persons recovering bodies from a mass grave in Tarhouna on Tuesday (Twitter/@Burkanly) Forces allied to Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) say they have discovered a mass grave including handcuffed bodies in the town of Tarhuna, following the retreat of forces loyal to eastern commander Khalifa Haftar. On 5 June, the UN-recognised GNA captured Tarhuna, Haftar's last remaining stronghold in Tripoli's environs, after his 14-month offensive on the capital. The town's r

Fresh protests in Kashmir after Indian forces kill nine rebels

Anti-India protests after forces kill nine rebels in separate gun battles that started on Sunday in Shopian district. Police said 73 rebels have been killed in the Muslim-majority Kashmir region this year [Dar Yasin/AP] Anti-India protests have continued for a second day on Monday in Indian-administered Kashmir after the Indian forces killed at least nine rebels in the disputed region. The rebels, including three commanders, were killed in separate gunfights with the security forces in Shopian district, some 70km (43 miles) south of the capital, Srinagar. The fighting began on Sunday. Four rebels were killed in the Pinjora area on Monday morning after the government forces set up a cordon an

Fighters kill dozens, raze village in Nigeria's Borno state

At least 81 people have been killed in an attack on a herding village in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, according to security sources and residents. Fighters drove into remote Felo village in Gubio district, about 80km (50 miles) from the regional capital of Maiduguri, on Tuesday afternoon, opening fire on residents. Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris, reporting from Niferia's capital, Abuja, said those who tried to flee were run down. "As people were running, (the attackers) followed them with their cars and motorcycles and drove over them, resulting in these deaths," he said. "A lot of people are saying that several other people are missing in that community." A community leader who asked not to b

In pictures: Indigenous nurse on frontline in virus fight

As the coronavirus pandemic has spread across Brazil, indigenous people have been among the worst affected. On the outskirts of the city of Manaus, Parque das Tribos is a settlement of descendants from 35 different tribes. Many homes lack plumbing and electricity, and there is no public health clinic nearby. Nurse Vanderlecia Ortega dos Santos has responded by volunteering to care for her indigenous community of 700 families. "Our people are dying from this disease here and they are not being recognized as indigenous people by the state," she told the Reuters news agency. She has been monitoring some 40 patients suspected of having contracted Covid-19. To treat them, she gives her patients p

Amnesty says abuses rampant as West African armies target jihadists

Soldiers in three West African countries unlawfully killed or caused the disappearance of at least 199 people between February and April during stepped-up operations against jihadist insurgents, Amnesty International said on Wednesday. Security forces in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger launched fresh offensives this year against militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State, who are threatening to overrun vast swathes of the Sahel region south of the Sahara Desert. Those offensives have led to repeated accusations by human rights groups that security forces have committed atrocities, including executing displaced civilians - charges the authorities have alternately denied or promised to invest

Turkey is committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria

Statement by Genocide Watch to the US Commission on International Religious Freedom In 2018 Turkish armed forces invaded and took control of the northern Syrian region of Afrin, which was largely populated by Kurds, Yazidis, Christians, and other minority groups. The Turks and their allied militias drove hundreds of thousands of people out of Afrin, many of whom sought refuge in northeastern Syria, governed by the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANE). At the end of 2019, Turkey also invaded northeastern Syria after President Trump ordered most US forces out of Syria. In areas under Turkey’s control, civilians have been subjected to horrific crimes against humanity committ

Darfur, Sudan: Ali Kushayb is in ICC custody

Today, 9 June 2020, Ali Muhammad Ali Abd–Al-Rahman ("Ali Kushayb") is in the custody of the International Criminal Court (ICC) after surrendering himself voluntarily in the Central African Republic on account of an ICC arrest warrant issued on 27 April 2007. Mr Kushayb is suspected of war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in Darfur (Sudan). The initial appearance of Mr Kushayb before the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber II will take place in due course. ICC Registrar Mr Peter Lewis thanked the Minister of Justice Flavien M'Bata and the authorities of the Central African Republic, the French Republic, the Republic of Chad, as well as the leaders of the United Nations Multidimension

"Not One Less" protest held despite lockdown in Argentina

Despite the nation's COVID-19 lockdown, many women still protested for gender reform in Buenos Aires, Argentina on June 4. Since the lockdown began, at least 57 women have been killed from femicide, which is the killing of women because of their gender. This movement, which originated in Argentina, has gained momentum in the last five years. Photo Credit: Al Jazeera

Kashmir: Thousands flee border villages along Line of Control

Fear, panic grips residents in the heavily militarised zone on both sides of the de facto Kashmir border. Fear, panic grips residents in the heavily militarised zone on both sides of the de facto Kashmir border. Thousands of villagers living along the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC) dividing Pakistan- and Indian-administered Kashmir have migrated to safer places in fear of artillery fire exchanges across the border. Earlier this month, Pakistan accused India of using cluster munitions that killed a four-year-old boy and a woman. Tensions spiked earlier this week when the Indian government revoked the special status of Indian-administered Kashmir in its constitution. A presidential

Lebanon deescalates sectarian clashes after tense night

Anti-government protesters burn awnings of the Le Gray hotel during ongoing protests against the Lebanese government, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, June 6, 2020. Hundreds of Lebanese demonstrators gathered in central Beirut Saturday, hoping to reboot nationwide anti-government protests that began late last year amid an unprecedented economic and financial crisis. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein) BEIRUT (AP) — The Lebanese military on Sunday said overnight riots and sectarian tensions in central Beirut and other areas left dozens of people injured, including 25 soldiers, and warned that the clashes had endangered national unity. Riot police fired tear gas at protesters, after Saturday’s atte

A Daughter Is Beheaded, and Iran Asks if Women Have a Right to Safety

The so-called honor killing of a 14-year-old girl in Iran has shaken the country and forced an examination of its failure to protect women and children. Before he beheaded his 14-year-old daughter with a farming sickle, Reza Ashrafi called a lawyer. His daughter, Romina, was going to dishonor the family by running off with her 29-year-old boyfriend, he said. What kind of punishment, he asked the lawyer, would he get for killing her? The lawyer assured him that as the girl’s guardian he would not face capital punishment but at most 3 to 10 years in jail, Mr. Ashrafi’s relatives told an Iranian newspaper. Three weeks later, Mr. Ashrafi, a 37-year-old farmer, marched into the bedroom where the

Ex-Salvadoran colonel to be tried over murder of six priests in 1989

Inocente Orlando Montano accused of planning atrocity aimed at stopping peace talks. A former Salvadoran army colonel who served as a government security minister will appear in court in Madrid on Monday to face trial over the murders of six Jesuit priests, a woman and her teenage daughter in 1989. The attack, at the Central American University (UCA) in San Salvador, was planned and authorized by senior military commanders and was an attempt to derail peace talks aimed at ending the country’s civil war. But the atrocity backfired spectacularly, provoking international outrage and contributing to the US’s decision to pull its support for El Salvador’s military regime. Five of the murdered pri

UN: 1,300 civilians killed in DRC violence, half a million flee

The number of victims has soared in recent weeks amid massacres and attacks in three eastern provinces. About 1,300 civilians have been killed in separate conflicts involving armed groups and government forces in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the past eight months, with the violence forcing more than half a million people from their homes, the United Nations has said. UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet warned on Friday some of the killings and displacement "may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes". The number of victims has soared in recent weeks as conflicts have spreadin three eastern provinces - Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu - "with disastrous repercu

Myanmar submits first report on Rohingya to UN's top court

Document about steps Myanmar took for protecting Rohingya from genocide is with ICJ, official says as critics cry foul. Myanmar has submitted its first report to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), detailing what it has done to protect the minority Rohingya from genocide. The Hague-based court issued a provisional order in January, asking Myanmar to safeguard the mostly Muslim group in western Rakhine state as part of "provisional measures" at the start of a trial expected to take years. e top UN court agreed last year to consider a case brought by The Gambia alleging that Myanmar committed genocide against the Rohingya, an accusation vigorously denied by the government. Myanmar's mili

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