World News Briefs For Saturday, 13 April 2019
Hello Australia!! - If there are to be consequences from the Afghan War, they won't be heard in court - Health officials worry the Ebola outbreak will spill over - Analyzing a lunar disaster - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
The International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague says there is "a reasonable basis" to consider war crimes committed in Afghanistan, but will not investigate because "would not serve the interests of justice". The court's chief prosecutor asked for a formal investigation into alleged war crimes committed by the Taliban, the Haqqani network, Afghan forces, the US military, and the CIA - in the latter case, running black sites to torture terror suspects. But the US never ratified the ICC's Rome Statute, meaning any judicial proceedings were unlikely to lead to the arrest of CIA officers or US military personnel. The Taliban killed as many as 17,000 civilians in attacks on mosques, schools, and hospitals.
The head of Sudan's military has stepped down, as day after leading a coup that toppled president Omar al-Bashir after three decades of rule. Defence Minister Awad Ibn Auf announced his decision after protesters who opposed al-Bashir refused to leave the streets, saying the military was too close to the fallen despot. The US and Western nations are rejecting the military's three month state of emergency and democratic elections in two years, saying the polling and civilian rule must come much sooner.
The Ebola outbreak in the DR Congo is not a global emergency, yet. The UN World Health Agency (WHO) says the second biggest in history - infecting 1,206 people and killing 764 - shows no sign of being contained anytime soon. Efforts by healthcare workers are being helped by better preparation and new treatments, but hindered by rebel attacks and a "rising number of security incidents". Although they've got the killer virus contained to two provinces, cases have been increasing in recent weeks and the WHO says the risk of the virus spreading to neighboring countries is "very high".
An ex-soldier in Slovakia has confessed to the double murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee last year. The case caused outrage and political change in the country, breaking the grip of far-right populism on at least one corner of eastern Europe with the election of center-Left politician Zuzana Caputova as president. Kuciak had been investigating alleged ties between Slovak businessmen and an Italian mafia clan.
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Israeli scientists are determining the cause of a "technical glitch" that caused the main engine on the Beresheet Lunar Probe to shut down, and in turn cause the spacecraft to crash onto the Moon instead of making the planned soft landing. Engineers have not yet identified the faulty component. The joint project of SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) was the first privately funded probe to attempt a soft landing on the Moon.