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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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

93 years

Shimon Peres passed away on September 28th at the age of 93. Peres was former Prime Minister and President of Israel as well as the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize recipient.


In a first for the Obama Administration, Congress overrode a presidential veto on the controversial Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act which allows victims and relatives of victims of the September 11th attacks to bring suit against Saudi Arabia. President Obama warned about potential international fallout and many in Congress have already backpedaled on the override.


The International Civil Aviation Organization’s rejected Taiwan’s application for participation in the annual assembly, mainly due to China’s objection.


Hungary held a referendum on the European Union’s attempt to mandate refugee quotas of member states. Hungary would accept 1,295 asylum seekers under the EU’s plan. Though only 43% of eligible Hungarians voted (shy of the 50% needed for the vote to be valid), 98% of those that did vote rejected the EU plan. It is unclear whether the Hungarian government will hold the vote valid regardless.

54,000 votes

Despite low turnout, Columbians voted to reject the FARC deal reached between the group and the government. Opponents protested allowing FARC leaders to avoid prosecution for the damage and violence they have caused.


The United Nations declined to set up an independent probe into violations in the conflict in Yemen, instead reaching a deal in which UN investigators will be attached to the Yemeni government. A representative from Human Rights Watch said the deal “fell short.”

$413 million

New York hedge fund Och-Ziff will pay over $400 million in a penalty for bribes to government officials in Libya, Chad, Niger, Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo.