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West African high court denies Niger's request for sanctions relief, deems junta illegitimate

West African high court denies Niger's request for sanctions relief, deems junta illegitimate

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West Africa’s top court on Thursday rejected a request by Niger’s junta for a lifting of coup-related sanctions imposed by its neighbors, ruling that the junta is unconstitutional and therefore lacks the authority to make such a request. Following the July coup that toppled Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum, the West African regional bloc ECOWAS imposed sanctions including shutting borders with the member country, suspending financial transactions and freezing Niger’s assets. Neighboring Nigeria cut off power that supplied 70% of Niger’s electricity. Niger challenged the sanctions at the ECOWAS Court of Justice in the Nigerian capital Abuja arguing they were causing severe hardship for Niger’s citizens, including by curtailing supplies of food and medicine. Niger’s coup leaders asked for a...
Belal Jadallah, A Giant In Palestinian Journalism, Killed In Israeli Bombing In Gaza

Belal Jadallah, A Giant In Palestinian Journalism, Killed In Israeli Bombing In Gaza

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A Gaza journalist regarded as a giant in the Palestinian media industry was killed Sunday by Israeli bombing, the latest in a growing series of journalist deaths in the region. Belal Jadallah was killed by an airstrike that hit his car in Gaza City, which has been under sustained attack by Israel since Oct. 7, when Hamas militants killed hundreds of Israelis in a series of surprise attacks. Jadallah’s death was reported by the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate, Al Qahera News and Cairo-based Youm7 and confirmed by members of his family. Jadallah was the director of Press House-Palestine, a nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom, provides legal protection for media workers and helps support and train Palestinian journalists. On Sunday, the organization said it “mourns its...
Founder Of Binance, World’s Largest Crypto Exchange, Pleads Guilty To Anti-Money Laundering Charge

Founder Of Binance, World’s Largest Crypto Exchange, Pleads Guilty To Anti-Money Laundering Charge

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SEATTLE (AP) — The founder of Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge that he failed to take steps to prevent money laundering as the company agreed to pay more than $4 billion following an investigation by the U.S. government. CEO Changpeng Zhao pleaded guilty to one count of failure to maintain an effective anti-money-laundering program in federal court in Seattle. Binance is a Cayman Islands limited liability company. The plea comes as the company agreed to pay over $4 billion as part of an agreement with the U.S. government, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press. The person confirmed the amount on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details of the agreement ahead of...
Indonesian Aid Group Running Besieged Gaza Hospital Calls Out Biden In Searing Letter

Indonesian Aid Group Running Besieged Gaza Hospital Calls Out Biden In Searing Letter

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The leader of an Indonesian medical aid group running a hospital that’s been under assault in northern Gaza has called out President Joe Biden over the U.S. government’s refusal to demand a cease-fire. Israeli forces have been attacking the area around the Indonesian Hospital, which has housed thousands of patients and displaced Palestinians, for weeks. Despite the fighting ― and a shell that struck the hospital’s second floor Monday, killing at least a dozen people ― medical workers have managed to evacuate hundreds of patients south with the help of the United Nations and the International Committee for the Red Cross, according to The Associated Press. The Indonesian Hospital is run by the Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C), an Indonesian aid group that helps provide medica...
Temporary Cease-Fire In Gaza And Hostage Release To Start Friday, Qatar Says

Temporary Cease-Fire In Gaza And Hostage Release To Start Friday, Qatar Says

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DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — A four-day cease-fire in Gaza between Israel and Hamas was set to begin Friday morning, Qatar said after a daylong delay extended the agony for those hoping for some relief from the deal, which is to bring the release of dozens of hostages held by militants and Palestinians imprisoned by Israel. The diplomatic breakthrough promised some relief for the 2.3 million Palestinians in Gaza who have endured weeks of Israeli bombardment, as well as families in Israel fearful for the fate of their loved ones taken captive during Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack that triggered the war. The cease-fire was originally set to begin Thursday morning, but it appeared to hit a snag the night before when Israel’s national security adviser, Tzachi Hanegbi, announced a one-day delay...
Far-Right Populist Javier Milei Wins Argentina's Presidential Runoff Election

Far-Right Populist Javier Milei Wins Argentina's Presidential Runoff Election

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Populist Javier Milei resoundingly won Argentina’s presidential election Sunday, swinging the country to the right following a fiercely polarized campaign in which he promised a dramatic shake-up to the state to deal with soaring inflation and rising poverty. With 99.4% of votes tallied in the presidential runoff, Milei had 55.7% and Economy Minister Sergio Massa 44.3%, according to Argentina’s electoral authority. It is the highest percentage that a presidential candidate has received since the South American country’s return to democracy in 1983. In the streets of Buenos Aires, drivers honked their horns and many took to the streets to celebrate in several neighborhoods. Outside Milei’s party headquarters, a hotel in downtown Buenos Aires, a full-on p...
The Guardian Deletes Osama Bin Laden Letter After TikTok Panic

The Guardian Deletes Osama Bin Laden Letter After TikTok Panic

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The Guardian has taken down a letter written by Osama bin Laden after it inspired social media posts co-signing his critique of the United States. The outlet replaced a transcript of the jihadist’s 2002 “letter to the American people” with a context note after a surge of related TikToks made it the second-most-viewed page on the site Wednesday. In place of the 4000-word letter, The Guardian’s link now reads, “This page previously displayed a document containing, in translation, the full text of Osama bin Laden’s ‘letter to the American people’, which was reported in the Observer on Sunday 24 November 2002. The document, which was published here on the same day, was removed on 15 November 2023.” While it is rare for news outlets to remove reporting and primary documents like letters...
Humanitarian Thought To Be Among Hamas Hostages Confirmed Dead

Humanitarian Thought To Be Among Hamas Hostages Confirmed Dead

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Vivian Silver, the Canadian Israeli humanitarian believed to have been abducted by Hamas militants during their Oct. 7 attack, was confirmed dead Monday by Israeli authorities, according to her sons. Silver, a 74-year-old retiree, had for years dedicated herself to the cause of peace between Israelis and Palestinians. She was at home in Kibbutz Be’eri near the Gaza Strip when militants stormed the community, prompting her to flee to a safe room where she was able to text loved ones until intruders set the house ablaze. Her sons, Yonatan Zeigen and Chen Zeigen, told multiple outlets that Silver’s remains were identified from the rubble of her home. While the safe room had been incinerated, no body was initially found. For five weeks, her family and friends thought she was one of ar...