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Two former policemen in Nigeria have been sentenced to death over the most infamous case in the country's history. Three other former police officers, who all denied involvement of killing six civilians, were acquitted for lack of evidence.
Aid agencies say they are urgently seeking clarity from the South Sudanese government after it signalled that it would ramp up the cost of work permits for foreign aid workers, days after a famine was declared in the country. Aid groups said the move by the labour ministry to increase the cost of permits from $100 to up to $10,000 was “terrible timing” in a country where 100,000 people are starving and a further one million are on the brink of starvation.
South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has become the country's first democratically elected leader to be forced from office. Judges unanimously upheld parliament's decision to impeach Park over her role in a corruption scandal involving her close friend. She now loses her presidential immunity and could face criminal charges.
Europol has warned that the number of criminal gangs operating in Europe has surged to at least 5,000, with alarming increases in human smuggling activity and digital attacks on businesses known as “ransomware”. The EU’s law enforcement agency said it had identified another 17,500 individuals suspected of involvement in smuggling people across borders, adding to a list that already topped 50,000 in 2014.
European Union leaders confirmed Donald Tusk for a second term as their president Thursday, earning the wrath of his native Poland and opening up a new rift at a time when EU unity is essential. The 27 other EU leaders overrode weeks of objections from the nationalist government in Warsaw, which has a long and bitter rivalry with former Prime Minister Tusk and opposed giving him another term at the EU.
Islamic State terrorists have claimed responsibility for the Afghan military hospital attack on Wednesday. Four gunmen disguised as doctors killed at least 30 people at the main military hospital. Afghan forces fought with the terrorists for seven hours to regain control.
U.S. marines have arrived in Syria to support the fight against ISIS in Raqqa. The Americans set up an outpost from which they will be able to use their artillery to help Syrian forces.
Iran’s hardline former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has become the latest political figure to join Twitter, despite having been instrumental in getting it banned in the country. Despite the service being blocked for ordinary citizens, many of Iran’s top officials tweet regularly, including the president, Hassan Rouhani, and the foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif. Even the office of the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, maintains accounts in several languages.
The number of undocumented immigrants crossing into the United States from Mexico declined by 40% from January to February, the homeland security secretary, John Kelly, said on Wednesday. The downturn came after Donald Trump took office on 20 January, vowing to deport many of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
The Republican Party proposal to replace Obamacare cleared its first hurdle earlier this week when the House Ways and Means Committee approved the legislation despite heavily criticized by experts and health practitioners. Democrats fought the plan that House Speaker Paul Ryan called “good Republican healthcare reform”.
A rapid fire tore through a state-run shelter for teens on the outskirts of Guatemala’s capital on Wednesday, killing 22 girls and injuring dozens more. The fire began when someone set fire to mattresses in a girls dorm after dozens attempted to escape the overcrowded facility, to no avail, as many were locked in their dorms.
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractors were reportedly behind the leak of documents released by WikiLeaks earlier this week. The documents, which appeared authentic, described hacking tools the CIA can use to spy on smartphones and other gadgets.