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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has been acquitted by the country’s top appeals court of conspiring in the death of hundreds of protesters during the 2011 uprising. Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison in 2012 but Thursday’s ruling means that the 88 year old may be freed from jail.
Salomé Karwah, a woman named a Time magazine person of the year in 2014 for her frontline work fighting Ebola in west Africa, has died from childbirth complications in Liberia. Hospital staff were reluctant to treat her because of the stigma that still surrounds the disease, according to her family.
Malaysia has unveiled its first sanctions against North Korea for the killing of Kim Jon Nam, rescinding visa-free travel from North Korea. The ban came amid disputes regarding who is responsible for the killing of Kim, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, after North Korean diplomats suggest that he died of a heart attack while Malaysian authorities claim that it was a premeditated murder. Kim died at an airport in Kuala Lumpur.
Human Rights Watch has reported that President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines may have committed crimes against humanity by inciting violence during his anti-drug campaign that has already killed thousands of people. Duterte’s spokesperson claimed that the country is in “a war on criminality not a war on humanity.”
Struggling to find new recruits for its military and wary of Russia’s military drills in the Baltics, Sweden will decide whether to make military service mandatory for citizens born from 1999 onwards — the first military draft would entail roughly 4,000 people.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen’s immunity from prosecution has been lifted by the European Parliament. She is under investigation for posting several graphic images of Islamic State killings in 2015, including the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley.
A mass grave containing the remains of babies and children has been discovered at a former Catholic orphanage in Ireland where it has been alleged up to 800 perished, government-appointed investigators said on Friday.
Syrian government forces and their Russian counterparts have completely recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from Islamic State militants. Syria’s ambassador to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, confirmed the recapture on Thursday, saying that the city has been “liberated from the hands of the terrorist organization.”
Ten U.S. officials have reported that no significant intelligence information has been found in the devices seized in last month’s counterterrorism raid in Yemen, contrary to statements by President Donald Trump in his joint session to Congress on Tuesday night.
Israel’s main government watchdog has criticized the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in a damning report on the 2014 Gaza war, saying the country was badly prepared for the threat of Hamas tunnels, and that many senior cabinet members were kept in the dark about vital information.
Reports suggest that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then a Republican senator from Alabama, spoke twice with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign. During his confirmation hearing earlier this year, Sessions claimed that he “did not have any communications with the Russians.” Democrats claim that Sessions lied to Congress and should resign. Sessions has since recused himself from any investigation into charges that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported that there are only 20 million USD “existing funds and resources” available to build a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border. The thousand mile proposal that was promised throughout Donald Trump’s campaign may have hit a financial roadblock since Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto's administration remains adamant about not paying for the wall.
Millions of people are without water after heavy rains struck Chile over the weekend during the country’s usually dry summer months, leaving three people dead and at least 19 missing. The drinking-water supply for over a million households in Santiago had been affected, and Aguas Andinas, the company that provides water to the capital, said rains were making repairs difficult.
Bipartisan lawmakers introduced the State Cyber Resiliency Act which would fund the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funding would be welcome by the states and localities that have found themselves at the center of electoral cyberattacks.