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South African President Jacob Zuma entered parliament in Cape Town to chants of “thief” by members of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Members of the EFF scuffled with security guards who ejected them from the chamber after several punches were thrown.
More than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims might have been killed in a Myanmar army crackdown, according to two senior United Nations officials dealing with refugees fleeing the violence, reports The Guardian. The officials suggested that the death toll is far greater than previously reported.
U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed to honor America’s “One China” policy in a phone call with Chinese president Xi Jinping. China was stunned when Trump had an unorthodox telephone call with the president of Taiwan in December following his election win. Previous U.S. leaders have followed China’s lead in not recognizing Taiwan as an independent nation.
The Eiffel Tower will soon be protected by bulletproof glass walls 2.5 meters high as part of a plan to prevent attacks at the monument, Parisian authorities said on Thursday. The city said the enclosure was part of a set of renovations at the landmark that would cost 300 million euros, or about $320 million, over 15 years.
Russian airstrikes accidentally killed three Turkish soldiers in northern Syria. The strike hit a building near the town of al-Bab. Eleven others were wounded in the incident. President Vladimir Putin has sent his condolences from the Kremlin.
Campaigners in the UK claimed that ministers have not worked with local council to find enough places for vulnerable child refugees from Europe. The High Court case argues that ministers have failed to work hard enough to find sufficient places for the children.
Israel’s parliament has approved a controversial bill to retroactively “legalize” illegal Jewish outposts built on privately owned Palestinian land, reports The Guardian. The new law—which is likely to face an almost immediate challenge in the courts—was condemned by the Israeli opposition leader, Isaac Herzog, who warned before the vote that it would lead to Israel being tried at the international criminal court.
U.S. special forces operatives carried out a raid in central Yemen this past week targeting a suspected leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula which killed several civilian casualties. Yemen has asked for a reassessment of the mission although it has not suspended future raids by U.S. Special Operation forces.
The United States appeals court has rejected President Donald Trump’s attempt to reinstate his controversial ban on visitors from seven majority Muslim countries. The court said there was “no evidence that any alien from any of the countries named in the order” had committed terror attacks in the U.S.
Capping a bitter and racially charged nomination battle, Jeff Sessions was confirmed as U.S. attorney general. The senator from Alabama will shape how the government protects civil rights and applies immigration laws.
Peruvian judge Richard Concepcion ordered the arrest of former President Alejandro Toledo (2001-2006) on suspicion of taking bribes from a Brazilian construction company. Concepcion accepted prosecutors’ request that Toledo be jailed for allegedly taking 20 million USD in bribes.