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Congolese ex-vice president convicted at international court

Congolese preisent convicted in ICCThe International Criminal Court convicted a former Congolese vice president Monday of murder, rape and pillage committed by members of his militia in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003. The judgment was hailed as a landmark in the fight against impunity for sex crimes in conflict.

The unanimous conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba marked the first time the court has convicted a suspect based on his role as a military commander. It also was the court's first judgment recognizing rape as a war crime and crime against humanity.

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Nearly half of Jewish Israelis want to expel Arabs, survey shows

Israeli Jews want to expel Arab citizensNearly half of Jewish Israelis agree that Arabs should be expelled or transferred from Israel, and a solid majority (79 percent) maintain that Jews in Israel should be given preferential treatment, according to a Pew Research Center in Israel survey published on Tuesday.

The poll, with 5,601 in-person interviews of Israeli adults, conducted between October 2014 and May 2015, found that Israeli Jews increasingly believe the West Bank settlements help, rather than hurt, Israel’s security – and most (61%) believe Israel was given by God to the Jewish people.

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Migrant crisis: At least 18 dead as boat sinks

migrant boat sinksA boat carrying migrants from Turkey to Greece has sunk, killing at least 18 people, Turkey's state news says.

The boat capsized near the Turkish resort of Didim, the Anadolu Agency reported.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says at least 321 migrants drowned trying to get to Greece between 1 January and 3 March.

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Mass hunger strike at Egypt's infamous Scorpion prison

Mass hunger strike in infamous Egyptian prisonAt least 32 prisoners held inside one of Egypt's most notorious jails have gone on a mass hunger strike to highlight alleged abuses, including the beating of family members who come to visit.

Dubbed by activists "Egypt's Guantanamo", prisoners at the maximum security al-Aqrab prison about 20km south of Cairo began refusing food last month, according to a group of family members of al-Aqrab detainees.

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Israel demolishes Palestinian-owned homes in West Bank

Isrel destroys homes in West BankIsraeli forces have demolished dozens of structures including a school in the northern West Bank this week, leaving 10 families homeless, according to a new United Nations report.

In as statement issued on Friday, the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Assistance and Development Aid said the demolitions took place on Wednesday in the village of Khirbet Tana, south of Nablus in the northern West Bank.

In total, 41 buildings were destroyed, displacing 36 Palestinians including 11 children, the UN said.

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Berta Cáceres, Honduran environment and human rights activist, murdered

Berta Caceres murdered in HondurasBerta Cáceres, the Honduran indigenous and environmental rights campaigner, has been murdered, barely a week after she was threatened for opposing a hydroelectric project.

Her death prompted international outrage at the murderous treatment of campaigners in Honduras, as well as a flood of tributes to a prominent and courageous defender of the natural world.

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Palestinian journalist ends hunger strike

Palestinian journalist ends hunger strikeA Palestinian activist and journalist has ended his three-month hunger strike and will be released in three months.

The family of Mohammad al-Qeeq, who worked for a Saudi media outlet, announced on Friday that he was ending his fast.
Fayha, Qeeq's wife, described the announcement as "a very big victory for us and for him".

Under a deal with Israel, he will remain in custody until May 21, but his so-called administrative detention will not be renewed after that.

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