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Serbia Cuts Bosnian Army Jail Chief’s Prisoner Abuse Sentence

Balkan Insight | 27 Jan 2023

Husein Mujanovic’s sentence for abusing Serb civilian prisoners held in inhumane conditions in a Bosnian Army military prison in Hrasnica near Sarajevo in 1992 was reduced to four-and-a-half years on appeal. ......

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Opinion: Former CIA analyst offers insights on secrets and secrecy

The Mercury News | 27 Jan 2023

The criminal culpability of Donald Trump and the sloppiness of the staffs of both Joe Biden and Mike Pence have combined to create a crisis over the handling of classified materials. The former involved Trump’s intentionally keeping large amounts of classified material at Mar-a-Lago; the latter led to small amounts of intelligence at Biden’s former...

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India expects 'more' clashes with China troops in Himalayas

The New Arab | 27 Jan 2023

A security assessment by Indian police in the Himalayan region of Ladakh says there could be more clashes between Indian and Chinese troops along their contested frontier there as Beijing ramps up military infrastructure in the region. At least 24 soldiers were killed when the armies of the Asian giants clashed in Ladakh, in the western Himalayas,...

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Rahul Gandhi’s yatra: how a 2,200-mile march revitalised India’s ailing opposition

The Guardian | 27 Jan 2023

Congress has faced bruising electoral defeats, but Gandhi’s pilgrimage across the country has breathed life into historic party On a piercingly cold Punjab morning, as a bitter frost crusted the ground, they gathered. Some were bundled up in blankets, others clutched feeble cups of chai for warmth....

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78 years on, Jewish Holocaust rescuers want their story told

Wtop | 27 Jan 2023

KIBBUTZ HAZOREA, Israel (AP) — Just before Nazi Germany invaded Hungary in March 1944, Jewish youth leaders in the eastern European country jumped into action: They formed an underground network that in the coming months would save tens of thousands of fellow Jews from the gas chambers. This chapter of the Holocaust heroism is scarcely remembered...

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Fiji suspends police commissioner, ends China policing agreement

Al Jazeera | 27 Jan 2023

Fiji’s new government has suspended the police commissioner and signalled the end of a controversial policing agreement with China. Elections last year saw the Pacific island nation’s first change of government in 16 years when Sitiveni Rabuka became prime minister on December 24 after a coalition of parties narrowly voted to install him as leader....

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Russia not invited to Auschwitz liberation ceremony

Yahoo Daily News | 27 Jan 2023

Friday will mark the 78th anniversary of the haunting winter afternoon when Red Army troops liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where more than a million people (the vast majority of them Jews, but also political prisoners and Roma people) had been murdered. But the annual commemoration in Oświęcim, Poland, will not include...

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BuzzFeed soars on reports of Meta deal, plans to use OpenAI

Reuters | 27 Jan 2023

Jan 26 (Reuters) - Shares of BuzzFeed Inc (BZFD.O) jumped on Thursday on reports of a deal with Meta Platforms Inc (META.O) and plans to use artificial intelligence to personalize and enhance the digital media firm's online quizzes and content. The stock was 19% higher in extended trading, after more than doubling in value earlier in the day...

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Otoniel Pleads Guilty: Farewell to Colombia's Last Kingpin

InSight Crime | 26 Jan 2023

Otoniel, the fallen head of the Urabeños crime syndicate, has pleaded guilty to a raft of crimes in New York. His trial marks the end of an era in Colombia's drug trafficking world. Colombia's criminal underworld is now no longer dominated by powerful drug kingpins, those solitary figures with large private armies whose personal decisions...

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Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed in Sudan on first visit since 2021 coup

Al Jazeera | 26 Jan 2023

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has visited neighbouring Sudan on Thursday for meetings with army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, his first visit to Khartoum since a 2021 military coup there. Relations between the neighbours in the Horn of Africa have been fraught with tensions in recent years, including over a border dispute and refugees from...

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South Sudan's displaced hope pope's visit will bring peace

Reuters | 26 Jan 2023

JUBA, Jan 26 (Reuters) - After spending nearly a decade in a camp for the displaced in South Sudan's Juba, Mayen Galuak hopes that Pope Francis' visit to the capital city next week will inspire political leaders to finally restore peace, allowing him to go home. The 44-year-old entered the United Nations camp, just a few kilometres from...

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Govt may announce measures in Budget to further strengthen startup ecosystem

Your Story | 26 Jan 2023

The government is expected to announce in the forthcoming Budget steps to further strengthen the startup ecosystem in the country and address inverted duty issues in certain sectors to promote domestic manufacturing, official sources told PTI. Fiscal incentives under the production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme to some more sectors are also likely...

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Israeli raids: Why have so many Palestinians been killed?

Al Jazeera | 26 Jan 2023

Israel has continued to step up its near-daily raids across the occupied West Bank, killing numerous Palestinians over the past three months. The spike in killings comes as part of intensified nightly raids by Israeli forces that have taken place for more than a year, particularly in the northern occupied cities of Jenin and Nablus, under the...

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Romanian prosecutors search devices in Andrew Tate case

Federal News Radio | 25 Jan 2023

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian prosecutors on Wednesday carried out forensic searches of mobile phones and laptops as they looked for further evidence in the case of social media personality Andrew Tate, who is detained in the country on suspicion of organized crime and human trafficking, an official said. Tate, 36, a dual British-U.S. citizen...

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Witnesses: Drone strike kills 21 civilians in north Nigeria

San Francisco Chronicle | 25 Jan 2023

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — A weapon fired from the air in Nigeria killed at least 21 members of a civilian defense group as they responded to an attack by gunmen in the country's volatile north, witnesses said Wednesday. Authorities have not said who was responsible for the strike, which...

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DR Congo cries ‘act of war’ after Rwanda shoots at fighter jet

La Prensa Latina | 25 Jan 2023

Kinshasa, Jan 25 (EFE).- The Rwandan military has shot at a fighter jet of the Democratic Republic of Congo for allegedly violating the defense airspace, sparking diplomatic tensions with Kinshasa calling it an “act of war.” In a statement, the DRC government denied the military aircraft violated the airspace as it was flying in the Congolese...

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Ex-Lebanese PM Hassan Diab charged in Beirut blast investigation

The Siasat Daily | 25 Jan 2023

Beirut: Former Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab has been charged with homicide with probable intent over the devastating Port of Beirut explosions in 2020 that killed at least 218 people. Tarek Bitar, a Lebanese judge tasked with investigating the explosions, also charged Abbas Ibrahim, chief of Lebanese General Security, State Security director...

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Imran Khan confident of election win, backs IMF role in Pakistan

Indian Express | 25 Jan 2023

Pakistan\u2019s ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan said he\u2019s confident of returning to power this year, and would back a continued role for the International Monetary Fund to prop up the economy and stave off a growing risk of a debt default. The former cricket star, who was removed from office in a confidence vote last year, said in an...

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Is the Indian stock market closed tomorrow for Republic Day?

The Times of India | 25 Jan 2023

The domestic stock markets will remain closed on Thursday on account of Republic Day. There will be no action in the equity segment, equity derivative segment and SLB Segment on Thursday, according to the list of stock market holidays 2023, available on the official BSE website. Trading in the commodity...