Habre guilty of crimes against humanity

Image copyright AFP Image caption Mr Habre’s trial is seen as a test case for justice in Africa Chad’s ex-ruler Hissene Habre has been convicted of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison at his war crimes trial in Senegal. The judge also convicted him of rape, sexual slavery and ordering killings. It was the first time an African Union-backed court has tried a former ruler for human…

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Philippine Congress proclaims Duterte winner of presidential election

Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a news conference to apologise to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at a hotel in Davao city, southern Philippines May 26, 2016. Reuters/Stringer MANILA Rodrigo Duterte became the 16th president of the Philippines on Monday when a joint session of Congress declared him winner of a May 9 election, succeeding Benigno Aquino who steps down next month after six years in office. The tough-talking…

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Hopes and fears for jobs as Afghan cement factory reopens

JABAL SARAJ, Afghanistan After a break of 20 years, Afghanistan’s first cement factory is once more clanking noisily in the countryside near Kabul as crushed-up limestone rocks rattle along a battered conveyor belt to the newly restored kiln. In an area desperately short of industry and jobs, workers hope the relaunch of the plant, built by Czech engineers in 1957 and shut by the Taliban in 1995, heralds the revival…

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Japan puts military on alert for possible North Korea missile launch: NHK

TOKYO Japan on Monday put its military on alert for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch, ordering naval destroyers and anti-ballistic missile Patriot batteries to be ready to shoot down any projectile heading for Japan, state broadcaster NHK said. A spokesman for the Japan’s Ministry of Defense in Tokyo declined to say whether such an order has been issued. (Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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Pope gives awards to Richard Gere, George Clooney and Salma Hayek

ROME Pope Francis on Sunday awarded medals to American actors Richard Gere and George Clooney and actress Salma Hayek at an event held at the Vatican to promote the work of a foundation inspired by the pontiff, Scholas Occurrentes. Clooney attended the event with his wife Amal, a lawyer. The foundation, whose name means “schools that meet” in Spanish, links technology with the arts, aiming at social integration and a…

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U.S.-backed Syrian alliance widens offensive near IS capital

BEIRUT A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian militias is widening an offensive against Islamic State near its de facto capital of Raqqa, targeting an area where the group controls a disused air base, a monitoring group and a Kurdish official said on Monday. The Syria Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes the Kurdish YPG militia, launched an attack against Islamic State-held areas north of Raqqa city last week. The city itself is…

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Search resumes for abandoned Japan boy

Image copyright Kyodo Image caption Emergency services and local volunteers are involved in the search The search has resumed for a Japanese seven-year-old boy who was left by his parents in woods in a remote area of Hokkaido as a punishment. The boy has not been seen for two days, after his parents left him alone because he misbehaved. The couple initially told police he got lost as they foraged…

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Seized Mexico footballer Pulido 'rescued'

Image copyright Dean Mouhtaropoulos Image caption Alan Pulido has been found safe and sound, authorities say International football player Alan Pulido, who was abducted in north-east Mexico on Sunday, has been rescued, officials say. Mr Pulido, 25, was seized near Ciudad Victoria, in Tamaulipas state, after leaving a party. Authorities said he was found safe and sound. Pictures on Mexican media showed him with a bandaged hand. The striker plays…

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'Final assault' on Falluja begins

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Iraqi forces began an operation to recapture Falluja a week ago The Iraqi army says it has begun an operation to storm Falluja, a bastion of so-called Islamic State (IS). It comes a week after the government launched a concerted effort to retake the city, which has been held by the jihadists since 2014. An estimated 50,000 civilians are trapped inside, with only a few…

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Manhunt for kidnapped Mexico footballer

Media captionReged Ahmad reports: “Six masked men reportedly took the footballer away by force” Security forces in Mexico have launched a major search operation for international footballer Alan Pulido after he was abducted near his home. Local reporters said they saw soldiers and police officers in the streets of Ciudad Victoria – the capital of the northern border state of Tamaulipas. Mr Pulido, 25, was abducted near Ciudad Victoria after…

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