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  •  North Korea fired two short range ballistic missiles into the sea on Thursday in the direction of Japan after the return of a U S aircraft carrier to the region and a UN Security Council meeting in response to the North s recent launches The missile launch was the sixth in 12 days and the first since North Korea fired an Intermediate range Ballistic Missile IRBM over Japan on Tuesday which prompted joint South Korean and U S missile drills during which one weapon crashed and burned The launch was reported by South Korea s Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Japanese government This is the sixth time in the short period just counting the ones from the end of September Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters This absolutely cannot be tolerated he added The launch came about an hour after North Korea condemned the United States for talking to the United Nations Security Council about Pyongyang s just counteraction measures of the Korean People s Army on south Korea U S joint drills suggesting its missile tests are a reaction to the allied military moves In a statement released by the reclusive nation s foreign ministry North Korea also condemned Washington for repositioning a U S aircraft carrier off the Korean peninsula saying it posed a serious threat to the stability of the situation The USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group of accompanying warships was abruptly redeployed in response to North Korea s IRBM launch over Japan The United States condemned Thursday s launch a State Department spokesperson said calling it a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions and a threat to regional neighbours and the international community The spokesperson however added that Washington is committed to a diplomatic approach and called on the North to engage in dialogue The United States accused China and Russia on Wednesday of enabling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by blocking attempts to strengthen UN Security Council sanctions on Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes South Korean President Yoon Suk yeol who is due to speak to Kishida by phone on Thursday told reporters that his country will ensure its security through its alliance with the United States and cooperation with Japan He said the U S carrier had entered waters off South Korea late on Wednesday Yoon s national security council warned that North Korea would face a strong international response over the tests Tokyo lodged a vehement protest with North Korea over Thursday s launches through delegations in Beijing Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said The first missile on Thursday likely flew to an altitude of about 100 km and a range of 350 km while the second one had an estimated altitude of 50 kilometers 31 07 miles and covered 800 km likely flying in an irregular trajectory he said Many of North Korea s most recent short range ballistic missiles SRBMs are designed to fly on a lower depressed trajectory and potentially manoeuvre complicating efforts to detect and intercept them North Korea has relentlessly and unilaterally escalated its provocation especially since the beginning of this year Hamada told reporters South Korea s JCS said the missiles were launched from near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang North Korea has launched about 40 missiles this year Its record schedule began in January with the launch of a new hypersonic missile and went on to include long range cruise missiles SRBMs fired from rail cars airports and a submarine its first intercontinental ballistic missile ICBM launches since 2017 and the IRBM shot over Japan It also appears ready to conduct a nuclear test for the first time since 2017 according to officials in Seoul and Washington The United States and its allies have stepped up displays of military force in the region but there appears to be little prospect of further international sanctions from the UN Security Council which has already passed resolutions banning the North s missile and nuclear development China s deputy UN ambassador Geng Shuang said the Security Council needed to play a constructive role instead of relying solely on strong rhetoric or pressure In May China and Russia vetoed a U S led push to impose more UN sanctions on North Korea over its renewed ballistic missile launches publicly splitting the Security Council for the first time since it started punishing Pyongyang with sanctions in 2006 YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    N. Korea fires ballistic missiles after condemning UN meeting, U.S. drills
     North Korea fired two short range ballistic missiles into the sea on Thursday in the direction of Japan after the return of a U S aircraft carrier to the region and a UN Security Council meeting in response to the North s recent launches The missile launch was the sixth in 12 days and the first since North Korea fired an Intermediate range Ballistic Missile IRBM over Japan on Tuesday which prompted joint South Korean and U S missile drills during which one weapon crashed and burned The launch was reported by South Korea s Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Japanese government This is the sixth time in the short period just counting the ones from the end of September Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters This absolutely cannot be tolerated he added The launch came about an hour after North Korea condemned the United States for talking to the United Nations Security Council about Pyongyang s just counteraction measures of the Korean People s Army on south Korea U S joint drills suggesting its missile tests are a reaction to the allied military moves In a statement released by the reclusive nation s foreign ministry North Korea also condemned Washington for repositioning a U S aircraft carrier off the Korean peninsula saying it posed a serious threat to the stability of the situation The USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group of accompanying warships was abruptly redeployed in response to North Korea s IRBM launch over Japan The United States condemned Thursday s launch a State Department spokesperson said calling it a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions and a threat to regional neighbours and the international community The spokesperson however added that Washington is committed to a diplomatic approach and called on the North to engage in dialogue The United States accused China and Russia on Wednesday of enabling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by blocking attempts to strengthen UN Security Council sanctions on Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes South Korean President Yoon Suk yeol who is due to speak to Kishida by phone on Thursday told reporters that his country will ensure its security through its alliance with the United States and cooperation with Japan He said the U S carrier had entered waters off South Korea late on Wednesday Yoon s national security council warned that North Korea would face a strong international response over the tests Tokyo lodged a vehement protest with North Korea over Thursday s launches through delegations in Beijing Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said The first missile on Thursday likely flew to an altitude of about 100 km and a range of 350 km while the second one had an estimated altitude of 50 kilometers 31 07 miles and covered 800 km likely flying in an irregular trajectory he said Many of North Korea s most recent short range ballistic missiles SRBMs are designed to fly on a lower depressed trajectory and potentially manoeuvre complicating efforts to detect and intercept them North Korea has relentlessly and unilaterally escalated its provocation especially since the beginning of this year Hamada told reporters South Korea s JCS said the missiles were launched from near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang North Korea has launched about 40 missiles this year Its record schedule began in January with the launch of a new hypersonic missile and went on to include long range cruise missiles SRBMs fired from rail cars airports and a submarine its first intercontinental ballistic missile ICBM launches since 2017 and the IRBM shot over Japan It also appears ready to conduct a nuclear test for the first time since 2017 according to officials in Seoul and Washington The United States and its allies have stepped up displays of military force in the region but there appears to be little prospect of further international sanctions from the UN Security Council which has already passed resolutions banning the North s missile and nuclear development China s deputy UN ambassador Geng Shuang said the Security Council needed to play a constructive role instead of relying solely on strong rhetoric or pressure In May China and Russia vetoed a U S led push to impose more UN sanctions on North Korea over its renewed ballistic missile launches publicly splitting the Security Council for the first time since it started punishing Pyongyang with sanctions in 2006 YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    N. Korea fires ballistic missiles after condemning UN meeting, U.S. drills
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    N. Korea fires ballistic missiles after condemning UN meeting, U.S. drills

    North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea on Thursday in the direction of Japan, after the return of a U.

    S. aircraft carrier to the region and a UN Security Council meeting in response to the North’s recent launches.

    The missile launch was the sixth in 12 days and the first since North Korea fired an Intermediate-range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) over Japan on Tuesday, which prompted joint South Korean and U.

    S. missile drills during which one weapon crashed and burned.

    The launch was reported by South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Japanese government.

    “This is the sixth time in the short period, just counting the ones from the end of September,” Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters.

    “This absolutely cannot be tolerated,” he added.

    The launch came about an hour after North Korea condemned the United States for talking to the United Nations Security Council about Pyongyang’s “just counteraction measures of the Korean People’s Army on south Korea-U.

    S. joint drills,” suggesting its missile tests are a reaction to the allied military moves.

    In a statement released by the reclusive nation’s foreign ministry, North Korea also condemned Washington for repositioning a U.

    S. aircraft carrier off the Korean peninsula, saying it posed a serious threat to the stability of the situation.

    The USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group of accompanying warships was abruptly redeployed in response to North Korea’s IRBM launch over Japan.

    The United States condemned Thursday’s launch, a State Department spokesperson said, calling it a violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions and a threat to regional neighbours and the international community.

    The spokesperson, however, added that Washington is committed to a diplomatic approach and called on the North to engage in dialogue.

    The United States accused China and Russia on Wednesday of enabling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by blocking attempts to strengthen UN Security Council sanctions on Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

    South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol, who is due to speak to Kishida by phone on Thursday, told reporters that his country will ensure its security through its alliance with the United States and cooperation with Japan.

    He said the U.

    S. carrier had entered waters off South Korea late on Wednesday.

    Yoon’s national security council warned that North Korea would face a strong international response over the tests.

    Tokyo lodged a “vehement protest” with North Korea over Thursday’s launches through delegations in Beijing, Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada said.

    The first missile on Thursday likely flew to an altitude of about 100 km and a range of 350 km, while the second one had an estimated altitude of 50 kilometers (31.07 miles) and covered 800 km, likely flying in an irregular trajectory, he said.

    Many of North Korea’s most recent short-range ballistic missiles (SRBMs) are designed to fly on a lower, depressed trajectory and potentially manoeuvre, complicating efforts to detect and intercept them.

    “North Korea has relentlessly and unilaterally escalated its provocation especially since the beginning of this year,” Hamada told reporters.

    South Korea’s JCS said the missiles were launched from near the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

    North Korea has launched about 40 missiles this year.

    Its record schedule began in January with the launch of a new “hypersonic missile,” and went on to include long-range cruise missiles; SRBMs fired from rail cars, airports, and a submarine; its first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launches since 2017; and the IRBM shot over Japan.

    It also appears ready to conduct a nuclear test for the first time since 2017, according to officials in Seoul and Washington.

    The United States and its allies have stepped up displays of military force in the region, but there appears to be little prospect of further international sanctions from the UN Security Council, which has already passed resolutions banning the North’s missile and nuclear development.

    China’s deputy UN ambassador, Geng Shuang, said the Security Council needed to play a constructive role “instead of relying solely on strong rhetoric or pressure.

    ” In May, China and Russia vetoed a U.

    S.-led push to impose more UN sanctions on North Korea over its renewed ballistic missile launches, publicly splitting the Security Council for the first time since it started punishing Pyongyang with sanctions in 2006. YEE(
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  •  Despite Chinese threats Germany and Taiwan say they want to further deepen bilateral collaboration because they share common values visiting German lawmakers said on Thursday Klaus Peter Willsch and five German parliamentary colleagues wrapped up their five day official visit to Taiwan amid growing regional tensions with China This country is based on the rule of law a haven of freedom in Asia Willsch told a news conference in Taipei before the delegation started their trip home In Taiwan the cross party Berlin Taipei parliamentary friendship group met with President Tsai Ing wen Vice President Lai Ching te Legislative Speaker You Si kun Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and other Taiwanese lawmakers along with representatives of technology companies and institutions focusing on security Willsch said the Bundestag has made it clear on several occasions that military threats by major countries against neighbours are unacceptable This is not the way we understand international politics Willsch said of Chinese saber rattling against the democratic island republic Willsch said their visit the first official delegation from Germany since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in 2019 shows that bilateral parliament exchange has resumed back to normality The Bundestag s Human Rights Committee plans to visit in late October followed by a visit of young members of the Bundestag planned for next year Willsch said YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    German lawmakers want deeper bilateral collaboration with Taiwan
     Despite Chinese threats Germany and Taiwan say they want to further deepen bilateral collaboration because they share common values visiting German lawmakers said on Thursday Klaus Peter Willsch and five German parliamentary colleagues wrapped up their five day official visit to Taiwan amid growing regional tensions with China This country is based on the rule of law a haven of freedom in Asia Willsch told a news conference in Taipei before the delegation started their trip home In Taiwan the cross party Berlin Taipei parliamentary friendship group met with President Tsai Ing wen Vice President Lai Ching te Legislative Speaker You Si kun Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and other Taiwanese lawmakers along with representatives of technology companies and institutions focusing on security Willsch said the Bundestag has made it clear on several occasions that military threats by major countries against neighbours are unacceptable This is not the way we understand international politics Willsch said of Chinese saber rattling against the democratic island republic Willsch said their visit the first official delegation from Germany since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in 2019 shows that bilateral parliament exchange has resumed back to normality The Bundestag s Human Rights Committee plans to visit in late October followed by a visit of young members of the Bundestag planned for next year Willsch said YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    German lawmakers want deeper bilateral collaboration with Taiwan
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    German lawmakers want deeper bilateral collaboration with Taiwan

    Despite Chinese threats, Germany and Taiwan say they want to further deepen bilateral collaboration because they share common values, visiting German lawmakers said on Thursday.

    Klaus-Peter Willsch and five German parliamentary colleagues wrapped up their five-day official visit to Taiwan amid growing regional tensions with China.

    “This country is based on the rule of law, a haven of freedom in Asia,” Willsch told a news conference in Taipei before the delegation started their trip home.

    In Taiwan, the cross-party Berlin-Taipei parliamentary friendship group met with President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President Lai Ching-te, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and other Taiwanese lawmakers, along with representatives of technology companies and institutions focusing on security.

    Willsch said the Bundestag has made it clear on several occasions that military threats by major countries against neighbours are unacceptable.

    “This is not the way we understand international politics,” Willsch said of Chinese saber-rattling against the democratic island republic.

    Willsch said their visit, the first official delegation from Germany since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in 2019, shows that bilateral parliament exchange has resumed back to normality.

    The Bundestag’s Human Rights Committee plans to visit in late October, followed by a visit of young members of the Bundestag planned for next year, Willsch said.

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  •  An Indian army Cheetah helicopter has crashed in the state of Arunachal Pradesh leaving one pilot killed and another one injured media reported on Wednesday The helicopter with two pilots on board crashed near the village of Tawanga at about 04 30 GMT the Indian news agency ANI reported citing army officials adding that the pilots were evacuated to a military hospital One of the pilots who suffered severe injuries died during treatment the report read The cause of the crash is unknown and the details are being investigated the news agency reported Cheetahs are manufactured by the Indian company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited under a French license based on the Aerospatiale SA 315B Lama model nannews YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Pilot killed as Indian army helicopter crashes in country’s northeast – Reports
     An Indian army Cheetah helicopter has crashed in the state of Arunachal Pradesh leaving one pilot killed and another one injured media reported on Wednesday The helicopter with two pilots on board crashed near the village of Tawanga at about 04 30 GMT the Indian news agency ANI reported citing army officials adding that the pilots were evacuated to a military hospital One of the pilots who suffered severe injuries died during treatment the report read The cause of the crash is unknown and the details are being investigated the news agency reported Cheetahs are manufactured by the Indian company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited under a French license based on the Aerospatiale SA 315B Lama model nannews YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Pilot killed as Indian army helicopter crashes in country’s northeast – Reports
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    Pilot killed as Indian army helicopter crashes in country’s northeast – Reports

    An Indian army Cheetah helicopter has crashed in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, leaving one pilot killed and another one injured, media reported on Wednesday.

    The helicopter with two pilots on board crashed near the village of Tawanga at about 04:30 GMT, the Indian news agency ANI reported, citing army officials, adding that the pilots were evacuated to a military hospital.

    One of the pilots who suffered severe injuries died during treatment, the report read.

    The cause of the crash is unknown and the details are being investigated, the news agency reported.

    Cheetahs are manufactured by the Indian company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited under a French license based on the Aerospatiale SA 315B Lama model.

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  •  Japan s lower house on Wednesday passed a resolution condemning North Korea s missile tests including the launch of a ballistic missile over Japanese territory the day before Ongoing missile launches by North Korea and the launch of a ballistic missile that flew over Japanese territory for the first time in five years pose a serious threat to our country and also threaten peace in the region and the world the draft resolution read The consideration of the document by Japan s lower house was broadcast on its official channel North Korea carried out its latest missile launch on Tuesday morning The missile flew over Japanese territory and landed in the Pacific Ocean outside the country s exclusive economic zone The range of its flight according to the Japanese military was about 4 600 kilometers 2 860 miles with a maximum altitude of 1 000 kilometers The test marked the first missile launch over Japan since 2017 Tokyo convened the National Security Council due to the launch and established an emergency headquarters to collect and analyse information about North Korea s missile program Prior to this Pyongyang also launched several presumably ballistic missiles last week Their flight range was 300 400 kilometers while the maximum altitude was about 50 kilometers Some of the missiles flew along a non standard trajectory Since the beginning of 2022 Pyongyang has conducted a total of 23 missiles tests compared to just eight launches a year earlier YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Japan’s lower house adopts resolution condemning N. Korea’s missile launches
     Japan s lower house on Wednesday passed a resolution condemning North Korea s missile tests including the launch of a ballistic missile over Japanese territory the day before Ongoing missile launches by North Korea and the launch of a ballistic missile that flew over Japanese territory for the first time in five years pose a serious threat to our country and also threaten peace in the region and the world the draft resolution read The consideration of the document by Japan s lower house was broadcast on its official channel North Korea carried out its latest missile launch on Tuesday morning The missile flew over Japanese territory and landed in the Pacific Ocean outside the country s exclusive economic zone The range of its flight according to the Japanese military was about 4 600 kilometers 2 860 miles with a maximum altitude of 1 000 kilometers The test marked the first missile launch over Japan since 2017 Tokyo convened the National Security Council due to the launch and established an emergency headquarters to collect and analyse information about North Korea s missile program Prior to this Pyongyang also launched several presumably ballistic missiles last week Their flight range was 300 400 kilometers while the maximum altitude was about 50 kilometers Some of the missiles flew along a non standard trajectory Since the beginning of 2022 Pyongyang has conducted a total of 23 missiles tests compared to just eight launches a year earlier YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Japan’s lower house adopts resolution condemning N. Korea’s missile launches
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    Japan’s lower house adopts resolution condemning N. Korea’s missile launches

    Japan’s lower house on Wednesday passed a resolution condemning North Korea’s missile tests, including the launch of a ballistic missile over Japanese territory the day before.

    “Ongoing missile launches by North Korea, and the launch of a ballistic missile that flew over Japanese territory for the first time in five years, pose a serious threat to our country, and also threaten peace in the region and the world,” the draft resolution read.

    The consideration of the document by Japan’s lower house was broadcast on its official channel.

    North Korea carried out its latest missile launch on Tuesday morning. 

    The missile flew over Japanese territory and landed in the Pacific Ocean outside the country’s exclusive economic zone. 

    The range of its flight, according to the Japanese military, was about 4,600 kilometers (2,860 miles) with a maximum altitude of 1,000 kilometers.

    The test marked the first missile launch over Japan since 2017.Tokyo convened the National Security Council due to the launch and established an emergency headquarters to collect and analyse information about North Korea’s missile program.

    Prior to this, Pyongyang also launched several presumably ballistic missiles last week. 

    Their flight range was 300-400 kilometers, while the maximum altitude was about 50 kilometers. 

    Some of the missiles flew along a non-standard trajectory.

    Since the beginning of 2022, Pyongyang has conducted a total of 23 missiles tests, compared to just eight launches a year earlier.

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  •  International watchdog Human Rights Watch says eight Liberian and international NGOs are urging the United States to support the creation of a war crimes tribunal in Liberia so that victims can finally get justice The calls by the eight NGOs are coming ahead of the visit to the country on Thursday by U S Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack The Liberian people have waited too long for justice and accountability for abuses suffered during the civil wars Adama Dempster of the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform of Liberia and the Secretariat for the Establishment of a War Crimes Court in Liberia two of the groups that signed the petition to the U S said Dempster noted that the U S government has the opportunity to stand with victims of atrocities committed in Liberia s civil wars by assisting Liberia in establishing a war crimes court The West African country was devastated by two civil wars from 1989 1997 and from 1999 2003 which claimed almost 250 000 lives according to the United Nations The conflict saw mass killings the widespread use of child soldiers rape and mutilations No court has yet been set up in Liberia to prosecute the atrocities that happened during its civil wars This is even when Charles Taylor a warlord who became president of Liberia was arrested in 2006 and tried in the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the Hague for his part in the neighboring country s civil war and other cases have been tried by foreign jurisdictions The NGOs pleading for U S involvement include Advocates for Human Rights Global Justice and Research Project and Transitional Justice Working Group in Liberia They want the U S government to replicate the pivotal role it has played in fostering accountability in West Africa such as the prosecution of Charles Taylor by supporting the creation of a similar tribunal in Liberia HRW states YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    U.S. should support creation of Liberian War Crimes Tribunal – NGOs
     International watchdog Human Rights Watch says eight Liberian and international NGOs are urging the United States to support the creation of a war crimes tribunal in Liberia so that victims can finally get justice The calls by the eight NGOs are coming ahead of the visit to the country on Thursday by U S Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack The Liberian people have waited too long for justice and accountability for abuses suffered during the civil wars Adama Dempster of the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform of Liberia and the Secretariat for the Establishment of a War Crimes Court in Liberia two of the groups that signed the petition to the U S said Dempster noted that the U S government has the opportunity to stand with victims of atrocities committed in Liberia s civil wars by assisting Liberia in establishing a war crimes court The West African country was devastated by two civil wars from 1989 1997 and from 1999 2003 which claimed almost 250 000 lives according to the United Nations The conflict saw mass killings the widespread use of child soldiers rape and mutilations No court has yet been set up in Liberia to prosecute the atrocities that happened during its civil wars This is even when Charles Taylor a warlord who became president of Liberia was arrested in 2006 and tried in the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the Hague for his part in the neighboring country s civil war and other cases have been tried by foreign jurisdictions The NGOs pleading for U S involvement include Advocates for Human Rights Global Justice and Research Project and Transitional Justice Working Group in Liberia They want the U S government to replicate the pivotal role it has played in fostering accountability in West Africa such as the prosecution of Charles Taylor by supporting the creation of a similar tribunal in Liberia HRW states YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    U.S. should support creation of Liberian War Crimes Tribunal – NGOs
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    U.S. should support creation of Liberian War Crimes Tribunal – NGOs

    International watchdog, Human Rights Watch says eight Liberian and international NGOs are urging the United States to support the creation of a war crimes tribunal in Liberia so that victims can finally get justice.

    The calls by the eight NGOs are coming ahead of the visit to the country on Thursday by U.

    S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack.

    “The Liberian people have waited too long for justice and accountability for abuses suffered during the civil wars,” Adama Dempster of the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform of Liberia, and the Secretariat for the Establishment of a War Crimes Court in Liberia, two of the groups that signed the petition to the U.

    S., said.

    Dempster noted that “the U.

    S. government has the opportunity to stand with victims of atrocities committed in Liberia’s civil wars by assisting Liberia in establishing a war crimes court.

    ” The West African country was devastated by two civil wars from 1989-1997 and from 1999-2003, which claimed almost 250,000 lives, according to the United Nations.

    The conflict saw mass killings, the widespread use of child soldiers, rape, and mutilations.

    No court has yet been set up in Liberia to prosecute the atrocities that happened during its civil wars.

    This is even when Charles Taylor, a warlord who became president of Liberia, was arrested in 2006 and tried in the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the Hague for his part in the neighboring country’s civil war, and other cases have been tried by foreign jurisdictions.

    The NGOs pleading for U.

    S. involvement include Advocates for Human Rights, Global Justice and Research Project, and Transitional Justice Working Group in Liberia.

    They want the U.

    S. government to replicate the pivotal role it has played in fostering accountability in West Africa, such as the prosecution of Charles Taylor, by supporting the creation of a similar tribunal in Liberia, HRW states.

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  •  Ukrainian forces have broken through Russian defences in the south of the country while expanding their rapid offensive in the east seizing back more territory in areas annexed by Russia and threatening its troops supply lines Making their biggest breakthrough in the south since the war began Ukrainian forces recaptured several villages in an advance along the strategic Dnipro River on Monday Ukrainian officials and a Russian installed leader in the area said Ukrainian forces in the south destroyed 31 Russian tanks and one multiple rocket launcher the military s southern operational command said in a nightly update without providing details of where the fighting occurred Reuters could not immediately verify the battlefield accounts The southern breakthrough mirrors recent Ukrainian advances in the east even as Russia has tried to raise the stakes by annexing land ordering mobilisation and threatening nuclear retaliation Ukraine has made significant advances in two of the four Russian occupied regions Moscow last week annexed after what it called referendums votes that were denounced by Kyiv and Western governments as illegal and coercive In a sign Ukraine is building momentum on the eastern front Reuters saw columns of Ukrainian military vehicles heading on Monday to reinforce the rail hub of Lyman retaken at the weekend and a staging post to press into the Donbas region President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine s army had seized back towns in a number of areas without giving details New population centres have been liberated in several regions Heavy fighting is going on in several sectors of the front Zelensky said in a video address Serhiy Gaidai the governor of Luhansk one of two regions that make up the Donbas said Russian forces had taken over a psychiatric hospital in the town of Svatovo a target en route to recapturing the major cities of Lysychansk and Sivierodonetsk There is quite a network of underground rooms in the building and they have taken up defensive positions he told Ukrainian television In the south Ukrainian troops recaptured the town of Dudchany along the west bank of the Dnipro River which bisects the country Vladimir Saldo the Russian installed leader in occupied parts of Ukraine s Kherson province told Russian state television YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ukraine forces break through Russian defences in south, advance in east
     Ukrainian forces have broken through Russian defences in the south of the country while expanding their rapid offensive in the east seizing back more territory in areas annexed by Russia and threatening its troops supply lines Making their biggest breakthrough in the south since the war began Ukrainian forces recaptured several villages in an advance along the strategic Dnipro River on Monday Ukrainian officials and a Russian installed leader in the area said Ukrainian forces in the south destroyed 31 Russian tanks and one multiple rocket launcher the military s southern operational command said in a nightly update without providing details of where the fighting occurred Reuters could not immediately verify the battlefield accounts The southern breakthrough mirrors recent Ukrainian advances in the east even as Russia has tried to raise the stakes by annexing land ordering mobilisation and threatening nuclear retaliation Ukraine has made significant advances in two of the four Russian occupied regions Moscow last week annexed after what it called referendums votes that were denounced by Kyiv and Western governments as illegal and coercive In a sign Ukraine is building momentum on the eastern front Reuters saw columns of Ukrainian military vehicles heading on Monday to reinforce the rail hub of Lyman retaken at the weekend and a staging post to press into the Donbas region President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine s army had seized back towns in a number of areas without giving details New population centres have been liberated in several regions Heavy fighting is going on in several sectors of the front Zelensky said in a video address Serhiy Gaidai the governor of Luhansk one of two regions that make up the Donbas said Russian forces had taken over a psychiatric hospital in the town of Svatovo a target en route to recapturing the major cities of Lysychansk and Sivierodonetsk There is quite a network of underground rooms in the building and they have taken up defensive positions he told Ukrainian television In the south Ukrainian troops recaptured the town of Dudchany along the west bank of the Dnipro River which bisects the country Vladimir Saldo the Russian installed leader in occupied parts of Ukraine s Kherson province told Russian state television YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ukraine forces break through Russian defences in south, advance in east
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    Ukraine forces break through Russian defences in south, advance in east

    Ukrainian forces have broken through Russian defences in the south of the country while expanding their rapid offensive in the east, seizing back more territory in areas annexed by Russia and threatening its troops’ supply lines.

    Making their biggest breakthrough in the south since the war began, Ukrainian forces recaptured several villages in an advance along the strategic Dnipro River on Monday, Ukrainian officials and a Russian-installed leader in the area said.

    Ukrainian forces in the south destroyed 31 Russian tanks and one multiple rocket launcher, the military’s southern operational command said in a nightly update, without providing details of where the fighting occurred.

    Reuters could not immediately verify the battlefield accounts.

    The southern breakthrough mirrors recent Ukrainian advances in the east even as Russia has tried to raise the stakes by annexing land, ordering mobilisation, and threatening nuclear retaliation.

    Ukraine has made significant advances in two of the four Russian-occupied regions Moscow last week annexed after what it called referendums – votes that were denounced by Kyiv and Western governments as illegal and coercive.

    In a sign Ukraine is building momentum on the eastern front, Reuters saw columns of Ukrainian military vehicles heading on Monday to reinforce the rail hub of Lyman, retaken at the weekend, and a staging post to press into the Donbas region.

    President Volodymyr Zelensky said Ukraine’s army had seized back towns in a number of areas, without giving details.

    “New population centres have been liberated in several regions.

    “Heavy fighting is going on in several sectors of the front,” Zelensky said in a video address.

    Serhiy Gaidai, the governor of Luhansk – one of two regions that make up the Donbas – said Russian forces had taken over a psychiatric hospital in the town of Svatovo, a target en route to recapturing the major cities of Lysychansk and Sivierodonetsk.

    “There is quite a network of underground rooms in the building and they have taken up defensive positions,” he told Ukrainian television.

    In the south, Ukrainian troops recaptured the town of Dudchany along the west bank of the Dnipro River, which bisects the country, Vladimir Saldo, the Russian-installed leader in occupied parts of Ukraine’s Kherson province, told Russian state television.

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  •  The Russian lower house of parliament ratified the incorporation of four occupied Ukrainian regions on Monday and fast tracked the relevant legislation as the West rallied further to Kiev s aid More than 400 deputies in the Russian Duma in a move unrecognised by most of the international community voted unanimously in favour of Luhansk Donetsk Zaporizhzhya and Kherson becoming part of the Russian Federation as well as enacting various laws The laws fully strengthen the main social and economic guarantees of people living in the territories and create a system of legal protection for citizens Pavel Krasheninnikov head of the Duma legal committee said according to the Interfax news agency Russian citizenship is to be granted to all residents of the occupied regions who apply for a passport and take an oath to the country s constitution which will prompt pension payments and health care The Russian rouble will be introduced as the currency but until the end of the year residents will still be able to pay with Ukrainian hryvnia By June 1 2023 new administrative bodies will be created President Vladimir Putin whose forces invaded Ukraine in February signed the treaties of accession on Friday with the Duma having to approve them A similar rubber stamping by the upper house the Federation Council is considered a formality Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was a guest at the Duma and accused the United States of moving against Russia just like Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler once did against the Soviet Union The U S has subjugated practically the entire collective West and mobilised it to make Ukraine an instrument of war with Russia just as Hitler gathered the majority of the countries of Europe for an invasion of the Soviet Union Lavrov said International condemnation in recent days included several European countries including Italy Germany the Czech Republic Poland Lithuania and Belgium summoning the Russian ambassador to condemn Moscow s illegal land grab Meanwhile the European Union on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding on providing Ukraine with another 5 billion 4 9 billion in macro financial aid German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also said her country was well aware Putin s threat of nuclear war could be real but would not allow itself to be blackmailed by Moscow We take his words very seriously anything else would be negligent she told the Neue Osnabr cker Zeitung newspaper Ukraine has been backed by massive Western arms and Putin has mentioned the possible use of nuclear weapons in the conflict with his quest to capture the whole country having stalled Further nuclear worries have been exacerbated by fighting near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant On Monday International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA chief Rafael Grossi tweeted that he had received confirmation that plant director Ihor Murashov had been returned to his family after having been abducted On the battlefield Ukrainian troops again recorded successes in their counter offensive advancing against Russian invaders in the east and south In the Luhansk region Ukrainian soldiers have already established themselves near the city of Lysychansk a military spokesperson for the Moscow controlled Luhansk separatists wrote on Monday on the Telegram news service But the Ukrainian units are nevertheless under constant fire from the Russian army Previously President Volodymyr Zelensky had also confirmed an advance of Ukrainian forces in the southern region of Kherson and the recapture of the local towns of Archanhelske and Myrolyubivka Faced with stiff Ukrainian resolve Putin has called for a partial mobilization of new Russian troops But the mobilization is plagued by organizational problems and a lack of enthusiasm among potential conscripts The Defense Ministry in Moscow said first recruits called up as part of the mobilization have been transferred to Donetsk and Luhansk Mobilized servicemen are undergoing their combat training in the Donetsk People s Republic the Defence Ministry said on its Telegram channel It also posted a video showing soldiers conducting live fire exercises But in the Khabarovsk region in Russia s far east Governor Mikhail Degtyarev said that half of the several thousand conscripts had returned home The men in question had been called up for duty even though they did not meet criteria The governor did not explain how the mistakes could have happened The responsible head of the district military office had been dismissed Degtyarev wrote on Telegram Meanwhile Putin loyalist Ramzan Kadyrov said he wants to send three of his underage sons to the war against Ukraine Kadyrov the notorious head of the Russian republic of Chechnya said that his boys Achmat Selimchan and Adam aged 14 to 16 are ready to put the combat skills they have trained for to the test in Russia s current special military operation in Ukraine And I m not joking he wrote on Telegram Soon they will be sent to the front and will be in the most difficult sections of the contact line He also published a video showing his sons doing target practice At least 300 000 reservists are to be drafted from across Russia to fight in the occupied Ukrainian territories Hundreds of thousands of Russians have fled abroad to avoid being sent into military service YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Russian Duma ratifies annexation of Ukrainian regions as West rallies
     The Russian lower house of parliament ratified the incorporation of four occupied Ukrainian regions on Monday and fast tracked the relevant legislation as the West rallied further to Kiev s aid More than 400 deputies in the Russian Duma in a move unrecognised by most of the international community voted unanimously in favour of Luhansk Donetsk Zaporizhzhya and Kherson becoming part of the Russian Federation as well as enacting various laws The laws fully strengthen the main social and economic guarantees of people living in the territories and create a system of legal protection for citizens Pavel Krasheninnikov head of the Duma legal committee said according to the Interfax news agency Russian citizenship is to be granted to all residents of the occupied regions who apply for a passport and take an oath to the country s constitution which will prompt pension payments and health care The Russian rouble will be introduced as the currency but until the end of the year residents will still be able to pay with Ukrainian hryvnia By June 1 2023 new administrative bodies will be created President Vladimir Putin whose forces invaded Ukraine in February signed the treaties of accession on Friday with the Duma having to approve them A similar rubber stamping by the upper house the Federation Council is considered a formality Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was a guest at the Duma and accused the United States of moving against Russia just like Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler once did against the Soviet Union The U S has subjugated practically the entire collective West and mobilised it to make Ukraine an instrument of war with Russia just as Hitler gathered the majority of the countries of Europe for an invasion of the Soviet Union Lavrov said International condemnation in recent days included several European countries including Italy Germany the Czech Republic Poland Lithuania and Belgium summoning the Russian ambassador to condemn Moscow s illegal land grab Meanwhile the European Union on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding on providing Ukraine with another 5 billion 4 9 billion in macro financial aid German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also said her country was well aware Putin s threat of nuclear war could be real but would not allow itself to be blackmailed by Moscow We take his words very seriously anything else would be negligent she told the Neue Osnabr cker Zeitung newspaper Ukraine has been backed by massive Western arms and Putin has mentioned the possible use of nuclear weapons in the conflict with his quest to capture the whole country having stalled Further nuclear worries have been exacerbated by fighting near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant On Monday International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA chief Rafael Grossi tweeted that he had received confirmation that plant director Ihor Murashov had been returned to his family after having been abducted On the battlefield Ukrainian troops again recorded successes in their counter offensive advancing against Russian invaders in the east and south In the Luhansk region Ukrainian soldiers have already established themselves near the city of Lysychansk a military spokesperson for the Moscow controlled Luhansk separatists wrote on Monday on the Telegram news service But the Ukrainian units are nevertheless under constant fire from the Russian army Previously President Volodymyr Zelensky had also confirmed an advance of Ukrainian forces in the southern region of Kherson and the recapture of the local towns of Archanhelske and Myrolyubivka Faced with stiff Ukrainian resolve Putin has called for a partial mobilization of new Russian troops But the mobilization is plagued by organizational problems and a lack of enthusiasm among potential conscripts The Defense Ministry in Moscow said first recruits called up as part of the mobilization have been transferred to Donetsk and Luhansk Mobilized servicemen are undergoing their combat training in the Donetsk People s Republic the Defence Ministry said on its Telegram channel It also posted a video showing soldiers conducting live fire exercises But in the Khabarovsk region in Russia s far east Governor Mikhail Degtyarev said that half of the several thousand conscripts had returned home The men in question had been called up for duty even though they did not meet criteria The governor did not explain how the mistakes could have happened The responsible head of the district military office had been dismissed Degtyarev wrote on Telegram Meanwhile Putin loyalist Ramzan Kadyrov said he wants to send three of his underage sons to the war against Ukraine Kadyrov the notorious head of the Russian republic of Chechnya said that his boys Achmat Selimchan and Adam aged 14 to 16 are ready to put the combat skills they have trained for to the test in Russia s current special military operation in Ukraine And I m not joking he wrote on Telegram Soon they will be sent to the front and will be in the most difficult sections of the contact line He also published a video showing his sons doing target practice At least 300 000 reservists are to be drafted from across Russia to fight in the occupied Ukrainian territories Hundreds of thousands of Russians have fled abroad to avoid being sent into military service YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Russian Duma ratifies annexation of Ukrainian regions as West rallies
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    Russian Duma ratifies annexation of Ukrainian regions as West rallies

    The Russian lower house of parliament ratified the incorporation of four occupied Ukrainian regions on Monday and fast-tracked the relevant legislation as the West rallied further to Kiev’s aid.

    More than 400 deputies in the Russian Duma, in a move unrecognised by most of the international community, voted unanimously in favour of Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya, and Kherson becoming part of the Russian Federation as well as enacting various laws.

    “The laws fully strengthen the main social and economic guarantees of people living in the territories and create a system of legal protection for citizens,” Pavel Krasheninnikov, head of the Duma legal committee, said according to the Interfax news agency.

    Russian citizenship is to be granted to all residents of the occupied regions who apply for a passport and take an oath to the country’s constitution, which will prompt pension payments and health care.

    The Russian rouble will be introduced as the currency, but until the end of the year residents will still be able to pay with Ukrainian hryvnia.

    By June 1, 2023, new administrative bodies will be created.

    President Vladimir Putin, whose forces invaded Ukraine in February, signed the treaties of accession on Friday with the Duma having to approve them.

    A similar rubber-stamping by the upper house – the Federation Council – is considered a formality.

    Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was a guest at the Duma and accused the United States of moving against Russia just like Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler once did against the Soviet Union.

    “The U.

    S. has subjugated practically the entire collective West and mobilised it to make Ukraine an instrument of war with Russia – just as Hitler gathered the majority of the countries of Europe for an invasion of the Soviet Union,” Lavrov said.

    International condemnation in recent days included several European countries – including Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, and Belgium – summoning the Russian ambassador to condemn Moscow’s illegal land grab.

    Meanwhile, the European Union on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding on providing Ukraine with another €5 billion ($4.9 billion) in macro-financial aid.

    German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also said her country was well aware Putin’s threat of nuclear war could be real but would not allow itself to be blackmailed by Moscow.

    “We take his words very seriously; anything else would be negligent,” she told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung newspaper.

    Ukraine has been backed by massive Western arms and Putin has mentioned the possible use of nuclear weapons in the conflict, with his quest to capture the whole country having stalled.

    Further nuclear worries have been exacerbated by fighting near the Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant.

    On Monday, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi tweeted that he had “received confirmation” that plant director Ihor Murashov had been “returned to his family” after having been abducted.

    On the battlefield, Ukrainian troops again recorded successes in their counter-offensive, advancing against Russian invaders in the east and south.

    In the Luhansk region, Ukrainian soldiers have already established themselves near the city of Lysychansk, a military spokesperson for the Moscow-controlled Luhansk separatists wrote on Monday on the Telegram news service.

    But the Ukrainian units are nevertheless under constant fire from the Russian army.

    Previously, President Volodymyr Zelensky had also confirmed an advance of Ukrainian forces in the southern region of Kherson and the recapture of the local towns of Archanhelske and Myrolyubivka.

    Faced with stiff Ukrainian resolve, Putin has called for a partial mobilization of new Russian troops.

    But the mobilization is plagued by organizational problems and a lack of enthusiasm among potential conscripts.

    The Defense Ministry in Moscow said first recruits called up as part of the mobilization have been transferred to Donetsk and Luhansk.

    “Mobilized servicemen are undergoing their combat training in the Donetsk People’s Republic,” the Defence Ministry said on its Telegram channel.

    It also posted a video showing soldiers conducting live-fire exercises.

    But in the Khabarovsk region in Russia’s far east, Governor Mikhail Degtyarev said that half of the “several thousand” conscripts had returned home.

    The men in question had been called up for duty even though they did not meet criteria.

    The governor did not explain how the mistakes could have happened.

    The responsible head of the district military office had been dismissed, Degtyarev wrote on Telegram.

    Meanwhile Putin loyalist Ramzan Kadyrov said he wants to send three of his underage sons to the war against Ukraine.

    Kadyrov, the notorious head of the Russian republic of Chechnya, said that his boys Achmat, Selimchan and Adam – aged 14 to 16 – are ready to put the combat skills they have trained for to the test in Russia’s current “special military operation” in Ukraine.

    “And I’m not joking,” he wrote on Telegram.

    “ Soon they will be sent to the front and will be in the most difficult sections of the contact line.

    ” He also published a video showing his sons doing target practice.

    At least 300,000 reservists are to be drafted from across Russia to fight in the occupied Ukrainian territories.

    Hundreds of thousands of Russians have fled abroad to avoid being sent into military service.

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  •  A strong election night for allies of President Jair Bolsonaro have given his party the most seats in both chambers of Congress highlighting the enduring strength of his conservative movement even if he falls short of re election His right wing Liberal Party PL won 99 seats in the 513 member lower house up from 77 and right leaning parties allied with Bolsonaro now control half the chamber The bigger surprise in Sunday s voting was in the Senate where Bolsonaro s party won 13 of the 27 seats up for grabs with two more possible in second round runoffs a party spokesman said Against all odds and everyone we won 2 million more votes this year than in 2018 Bolsonaro posted on social media in Monday s early hours We also elected the largest benches in the lower house and the Senate which was our main priority he added Bolsonaro helped elect allies to the Senate who had trailed in opinion polls such as former ministers Damares Alves and Paulo Pontes Alves an evangelical ally defeated the Senate candidate from Bolsonaro s own party The strong right wing showing in legislative and gubernatorial races especially in more affluent southeast Brazil made Bolsonaro the election s big winner He also denied his leftist presidential rival Luis Inacio Lula da Silva outright victory and consolidated a political base that can help him govern if he wins the Oct 30 run off While most political analysts still see former president Lula winning his victory is no longer a slam dunk Lula s Workers Party won 10 more seats in the lower house of Congress where it remains the second largest party with 68 representatives But if elected Lula will face a harder time getting legislation through a more conservative Congress Bolsonaro s allies also made advances in state politics including races for governor His former Infrastructure Minister Tarcisio Freitas who took part in motorcycle rallies with Bolsonaro won the most votes for governor of Sao Paulo Brazil s largest state and will face Lula ally Fernando Haddad in an Oct 30 runoff Bolsonaro boasted of helping to get eight governors elected outright with hopes of electing eight more in the second round This is the greatest victory for patriots in the history of Brazil 60 per cent of the Brazilian territory will be governed by those who defend our values and fight for a freer nation he tweeted Lula put an optimistic spin on the result saying he was looking forward to another month on the campaign trail and the chance to debate Bolsonaro head to head YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Right-wing wins in Brazil’s Congress show staying power of ‘Bolsonarismo’
     A strong election night for allies of President Jair Bolsonaro have given his party the most seats in both chambers of Congress highlighting the enduring strength of his conservative movement even if he falls short of re election His right wing Liberal Party PL won 99 seats in the 513 member lower house up from 77 and right leaning parties allied with Bolsonaro now control half the chamber The bigger surprise in Sunday s voting was in the Senate where Bolsonaro s party won 13 of the 27 seats up for grabs with two more possible in second round runoffs a party spokesman said Against all odds and everyone we won 2 million more votes this year than in 2018 Bolsonaro posted on social media in Monday s early hours We also elected the largest benches in the lower house and the Senate which was our main priority he added Bolsonaro helped elect allies to the Senate who had trailed in opinion polls such as former ministers Damares Alves and Paulo Pontes Alves an evangelical ally defeated the Senate candidate from Bolsonaro s own party The strong right wing showing in legislative and gubernatorial races especially in more affluent southeast Brazil made Bolsonaro the election s big winner He also denied his leftist presidential rival Luis Inacio Lula da Silva outright victory and consolidated a political base that can help him govern if he wins the Oct 30 run off While most political analysts still see former president Lula winning his victory is no longer a slam dunk Lula s Workers Party won 10 more seats in the lower house of Congress where it remains the second largest party with 68 representatives But if elected Lula will face a harder time getting legislation through a more conservative Congress Bolsonaro s allies also made advances in state politics including races for governor His former Infrastructure Minister Tarcisio Freitas who took part in motorcycle rallies with Bolsonaro won the most votes for governor of Sao Paulo Brazil s largest state and will face Lula ally Fernando Haddad in an Oct 30 runoff Bolsonaro boasted of helping to get eight governors elected outright with hopes of electing eight more in the second round This is the greatest victory for patriots in the history of Brazil 60 per cent of the Brazilian territory will be governed by those who defend our values and fight for a freer nation he tweeted Lula put an optimistic spin on the result saying he was looking forward to another month on the campaign trail and the chance to debate Bolsonaro head to head YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Right-wing wins in Brazil’s Congress show staying power of ‘Bolsonarismo’
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    Right-wing wins in Brazil’s Congress show staying power of ‘Bolsonarismo’

    A strong election night for allies of President Jair Bolsonaro have given his party the most seats in both chambers of Congress, highlighting the enduring strength of his conservative movement even if he falls short of re-election.

    His right-wing Liberal Party (PL), won 99 seats in the 513-member lower house, up from 77, and right-leaning parties allied with Bolsonaro now control half the chamber.

    The bigger surprise in Sunday’s voting was in the Senate where Bolsonaro’s party won 13 of the 27 seats up for grabs, with two more possible in second-round runoffs, a party spokesman said.

    “Against all odds and everyone, we won 2 million more votes this year than in 2018,” Bolsonaro posted on social media in Monday’s early hours.

    “We also elected the largest benches in the lower house and the Senate, which was our main priority,” he added.

    Bolsonaro helped elect allies to the Senate who had trailed in opinion polls, such as former ministers Damares Alves and Paulo Pontes.

    Alves, an evangelical ally, defeated the Senate candidate from Bolsonaro’s own party.

    The strong right-wing showing in legislative and gubernatorial races, especially in more affluent southeast Brazil, made Bolsonaro the election’s big winner.

    He also denied his leftist presidential rival Luis Inacio Lula da Silva outright victory and consolidated a political base that can help him govern if he wins the Oct. 30 run-off.

    While most political analysts still see former president Lula winning, his victory is no longer a slam dunk.

    Lula’s Workers Party won 10 more seats in the lower house of Congress, where it remains the second-largest party with 68 representatives.

    But if elected, Lula will face a harder time getting legislation through a more conservative Congress.

    Bolsonaro’s allies also made advances in state politics, including races for governor.

    His former Infrastructure Minister Tarcisio Freitas, who took part in motorcycle rallies with Bolsonaro, won the most votes for governor of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest state, and will face Lula ally Fernando Haddad in an Oct. 30 runoff.

    Bolsonaro boasted of helping to get eight governors elected outright, with hopes of electing eight more in the second round.

    “This is the greatest victory for patriots in the history of Brazil: 60 per cent of the Brazilian territory will be governed by those who defend our values ​​and fight for a freer nation,” he tweeted.

    Lula put an optimistic spin on the result, saying he was looking forward to another month on the campaign trail and the chance to debate Bolsonaro head-to-head.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Somalia s government says it has killed Abdullahi Nadir one of the co founders of the armed group al Shabab in an operation with international partners The country s information ministry said in a statement late on Sunday that the operation that killed Nadir happened on Saturday It said he was al Shabab s chief prosecutor and was in line to replace the group s leader Ahmed Diriye who is sick His death is a thorn removed from the Somali nation the statement said The government is grateful to the Somali people and international friends whose cooperation facilitated the killing of this leader who was an enemy of the Somali nation In recent weeks Somali security forces have touted gains made against the al Qaeda linked group while fighting alongside local self defence groups But al Shabab has continued to conduct deadly raids including two last Friday that killed at least 16 people Since 2006 the group has killed tens of thousands of people in bombings in its fight to overthrow Somalia s Western backed central government and implement its interpretation of Islamic law Somalia s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud elected by lawmakers in May has promised to take the fight to the rebels after three years in which his predecessor consumed by political infighting took little action against al Shabab In August Mohamud appointed a former al Shabab spokesman Muktar Robow into his new cabinet Somalia s military is supported by U S troops and drones and an African Union peacekeeping mission It was not immediately clear which international partners participated in the operation that killed Nadir YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Somalia says it killed al Shabaab co-founder
     Somalia s government says it has killed Abdullahi Nadir one of the co founders of the armed group al Shabab in an operation with international partners The country s information ministry said in a statement late on Sunday that the operation that killed Nadir happened on Saturday It said he was al Shabab s chief prosecutor and was in line to replace the group s leader Ahmed Diriye who is sick His death is a thorn removed from the Somali nation the statement said The government is grateful to the Somali people and international friends whose cooperation facilitated the killing of this leader who was an enemy of the Somali nation In recent weeks Somali security forces have touted gains made against the al Qaeda linked group while fighting alongside local self defence groups But al Shabab has continued to conduct deadly raids including two last Friday that killed at least 16 people Since 2006 the group has killed tens of thousands of people in bombings in its fight to overthrow Somalia s Western backed central government and implement its interpretation of Islamic law Somalia s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud elected by lawmakers in May has promised to take the fight to the rebels after three years in which his predecessor consumed by political infighting took little action against al Shabab In August Mohamud appointed a former al Shabab spokesman Muktar Robow into his new cabinet Somalia s military is supported by U S troops and drones and an African Union peacekeeping mission It was not immediately clear which international partners participated in the operation that killed Nadir YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Somalia says it killed al Shabaab co-founder
    Foreign4 days ago

    Somalia says it killed al Shabaab co-founder

    Somalia’s government says it has killed Abdullahi Nadir, one of the co-founders of the armed group al-Shabab, in an operation with international partners.

    The country’s information ministry said in a statement late on Sunday that the operation that killed Nadir happened on Saturday.

    It said he was al-Shabab’s chief prosecutor and was in line to replace the group’s leader, Ahmed Diriye, who is sick.

    “His death is a thorn removed from the Somali nation,” the statement said.

    “The government is grateful to the Somali people and international friends whose cooperation facilitated the killing of this leader who was an enemy of the Somali nation.

    ” In recent weeks, Somali security forces have touted gains made against the al-Qaeda-linked group while fighting alongside local self-defence groups.

    But al-Shabab has continued to conduct deadly raids, including two last Friday that killed at least 16 people.

    Since 2006, the group has killed tens of thousands of people in bombings in its fight to overthrow Somalia’s Western-backed central government and implement its interpretation of Islamic law.

    Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, elected by lawmakers in May, has promised to take the fight to the rebels after three years in which his predecessor, consumed by political infighting, took little action against al-Shabab.

    In August, Mohamud appointed a former al-Shabab spokesman Muktar Robow into his new cabinet.

    Somalia’s military is supported by U.

    S. troops and drones and an African Union peacekeeping mission.

    It was not immediately clear which international partners participated in the operation that killed Nadir.

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  •  Endeavour Mining s operations in Burkina Faso are unaffected by recent political events the gold miner said on Monday after the West African nation s second military coup of the year on Friday Endeavour is the biggest mining company in Burkina Faso with four gold mines Hound Mana Boungou and Wahgnion and two exploration projects The company also has mines in Senegal and Ivory Cost but its Burkina mines account for 54 per cent of expected 2022 production Berenberg analysts said Endeavour said it is monitoring the situation and would provide further updates if appropriate Endeavour s London listed shares fell 1 6 per cent West African Resources said its Sanbrado gold mine in Burkina Faso is operating as normal staff and contractors are safe and the communities around Sanbrado remain calm Its shares fell 10 per cent to hit a one year low IAMGOLD which runs the Essakane mine in the country did not respond to Reuters questions about the potential impact of the coup YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Burkina Faso miners say work continues despite coup
     Endeavour Mining s operations in Burkina Faso are unaffected by recent political events the gold miner said on Monday after the West African nation s second military coup of the year on Friday Endeavour is the biggest mining company in Burkina Faso with four gold mines Hound Mana Boungou and Wahgnion and two exploration projects The company also has mines in Senegal and Ivory Cost but its Burkina mines account for 54 per cent of expected 2022 production Berenberg analysts said Endeavour said it is monitoring the situation and would provide further updates if appropriate Endeavour s London listed shares fell 1 6 per cent West African Resources said its Sanbrado gold mine in Burkina Faso is operating as normal staff and contractors are safe and the communities around Sanbrado remain calm Its shares fell 10 per cent to hit a one year low IAMGOLD which runs the Essakane mine in the country did not respond to Reuters questions about the potential impact of the coup YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Burkina Faso miners say work continues despite coup
    Foreign4 days ago

    Burkina Faso miners say work continues despite coup

    Endeavour Mining’s operations in Burkina Faso are “unaffected by recent political events”, the gold miner said on Monday after the West African nation’s second military coup of the year on Friday.

    Endeavour is the biggest mining company in Burkina Faso, with four gold mines – Houndé, Mana, Boungou, and Wahgnion – and two exploration projects.

    The company also has mines in Senegal and Ivory Cost, but its Burkina mines account for 54 per cent of expected 2022 production, Berenberg analysts said.

    Endeavour said it is monitoring the situation and would provide further updates “if appropriate”.

    Endeavour’s London-listed shares fell 1.6 per cent.

    West African Resources said its Sanbrado gold mine in Burkina Faso is operating as normal, staff and contractors are safe and the communities around Sanbrado remain calm.

    Its shares fell 10 per cent to hit a one-year low.

    IAMGOLD, which runs the Essakane mine in the country, did not respond to Reuters questions about the potential impact of the coup.

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