In Case You Missed It: Last Week’s International News, Today: October 24th

80%

Despite UN estimates that 80% of Yemeni people are in need of humanitarian assistance, Yemen’s civil war did not even get a mention by the candidates in the last U.S. presidential debate prior to the November 9th election.

State of Emergency

The government in Ethiopia declared a state of emergency on October 8th in response to growing protests stemming from plans to annex parts of the Oromia region around Addis Ababa. The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and UN human rights experts have expressed concern over the total media blackout and arrests.

Mosul

Iraqi forces began a fight to retake Mosul from ISIL. Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, fell to ISIL in 2014.

Assange

Citing concerns over tampering with the U.S. elections, the Ecuadorian embassy in London currently housing Julian Assange has cut of his access to the internet temporarily.

Slaughterhouse

UN Human Right Chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein described Aleppo as a slaughterhouse. Nearly 500 people have been killed and many more injured since air strikes by Russia and government forces launched their assault a month ago.

Calais

France began its forced evacuation of refugees and migrants in the notorious camp in Calais. Almost 2,000 were bused out in the first day.

Blockchain

It’s a new technology that could simplify secure financial transactions, but also is posed to open up legal and regulatory issues. A deal between an Australian bank and China is the world’s first global transaction using blockchain.

The ICC

South Africa’s Justice Minister announced that the country will leave the International Criminal Court, following Burundi’s announcement to leave a few days earlier. The announcement comes after South Africa was pressured to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir when he was in the country last year on his outstanding arrest warrant with the ICC. The ICC has faced criticism that it has disproportionately targeted African leaders.

 

In Case You Missed It: Last Week’s International News, Today: October 17th

Below are a few news stories that caught our contributors’ eyes in the last week.

270,000

Burundi blocked a UN investigation team from entering the country after a recent UN report documented disappearances, sexual abuse, and torture during President Nkurunzinza’s bid for third term last year. Since then, over 500 people have died and at least 270,000 have fled the country.

Hate Speech 

A Dutch far-right leader faces criminal prosecution for Islamophohic hate speech used during his campaign. A trial is scheduled to begin on October 31st.

22nd

In violation of UN Security Council resolutions, North Korea attempted to launch a mid-range ballistic missile this past Saturday. Though the missile exploded immediately after launch, this is the 22nd attempted missile launch this year.

21 girls

After over two-and-a-half years since their capture that made international headlines, 21 of the missing 276 Chibok schoolgirls have been released by Boko Haram as part of a deal with the Nigerian government. Though some girls escaped shortly after capture, 197 still remain captive.

Dabiq

Turkish-backed rebels in Syria have taken hold of the Northern city of Dabiq from ISIL. The city has been central in circulating ISIL propaganda and had been occupied since August, 2014.

In Case You Missed It: Last Week’s International News, Today: October 10th

Below are a few news stories that caught our contributors’ eyes in the last week.

376

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for a war crimes investigation into the bombing campaign by Russia and the Assad government in the Syria. At least 376 civilians have been killed by airstrikes in Aleppo since September 23rd.

10 years

Alternative Dispute Resolution is being introduced in Nigeria as ideally not only a more efficient and accessible means of justice, but a more culturally favorable practice than litigation. Traditional court cases frequently last over a decade.

20%

Late last week, Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti and then number of those who have died is well over a thousand. It is estimated that nearly 2 million people, or 20% of the island’s population, have been affected by the massive storm.

Juan Manuel Santos

President of Columbia, and one of the principal architects of the FARC peace deal, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The response has been very mixed with some hoping that this helps revive the deal and others believing President Santos should not have received the award.

Fifth Time

The UN Security Council voted on whether there should be an immediate end to air strikes and military flights over Syria as well as a truce so that humanitarian aid could better reach civilians. Unsurprisingly, Russia vetoed the measure.  This marks the fifth time since the conflict began that Russia has vetoed A UN Resolution on Syria.