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Chad ex-leader's war crimes verdict due
A verdict is due in the war crimes trial of Chad's ex-leader Hissene Habre, who is accused of ordering the killing of 40,000 people during the 1980s.
BBC News | 30-May-2016 11:54

Series of Bombings Rocks Baghdad
More than 20 people are dead in Baghdad after Islamist militants exploded a series of bombs in and around Baghdad Monday, police officials said. Islamic State terrorists claimed responsibility for two attacks, just after the bombs exploded, and amidst an Iraqi offensive in the IS-held city of Fallujah, just west of Baghdad. The most destructive of Monday’s bombings took place in the Shi’ite neighborhood of Shaab in northern Baghdad, killing at least 11 people and wounding more than a... | 30-May-2016 11:49

China Blocks UN Resolution to Curb Lead in Paint
China blocked a much-anticipated United Nations resolution to curb lead in paint during last-ditch negotiations at the U.N. Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi. A campaign to phase out lead paint in developing countries was high on the agenda at last week’s global "parliament of the environment." China was the only country on Friday to reject a proposed section to “encourage” governments to adopt anti-lead paint laws. As a result, a broad U.N. resolution to limit chemicals... | 30-May-2016 11:40

Hong Kong Activist Beaten by Police Sentenced to Prison
A Hong Kong activist whose beating by police was caught on video was sentenced Monday to five weeks in prison on charges related to the confrontation, stirring outrage among pro-democracy supporters. Local broadcaster RTHK said Ken Tsang was sentenced on charges of assaulting police and resisting arrest stemming from the October 2014 incident at the height of street protests that had gripped the semiautonomous southern Chinese city.  A TV station videotaped police officers... | 30-May-2016 11:35

Philippines Military: 54 Muslim Rebels Killed in South
Intense fighting between Philippine troops and a little-known Muslim group apparently inspired by the Islamic State group has killed 54 militants and two soldiers, officials said Monday. Regional military spokesman Maj. Filemon Tan said the operations against the Maute group began last Thursday in southern Lanao del Sur province's Butig town and were still continuing. He said nine soldiers had been wounded in addition to the two who were killed. The military fired artillery and... | 30-May-2016 11:13

Ivory Coast's Aurier arrested in Paris
Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier is arrested and placed in police custody on Monday after being involved in an incident in Paris.
BBC News | 30-May-2016 11:10

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