Unleashed the hero of Hotel Rwanda and 10 world news not featured on the front page

Jail for insulting opposition leader in India

Rahul Gandhi, leader of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s main opposition party, was found guilty of libel and sentenced to prison on Thursday, the final blow to the party a year before the national elections. Gandhi was immediately released on 30-day bail, but was expelled from Parliament. His party, the Indian National Congress, said it would appeal the sentence. A court in Modi’s hometown of Gujarat sentenced Gandhi to two years in prison. He was convicted in 2019 in connection with a speech he linked to the prime minister’s surname, Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi, two Indian fugitives accused of defrauding millions of dollars. As Gandhi campaigned for the 2019 election, “Why is the common name of all thieves Modi?” Said.

Bombs hidden in USB sticks sent to newspapers in Ecuador, TV presenter injured

An Ecuadorian TV presenter was injured when a bomb disguised as a USB stick exploded while he was plugging it into his computer, after explosive devices were sent to journalists across the country. Lenin Artieda was slightly injured in an explosion at the Ecuavisa TV news center in Guayaquil. The country’s attorney general’s office announced on Monday that it has launched a terrorism investigation after envelopes containing similar explosives were sent to journalists from various newspapers. Located between Colombia and Peru, the world’s two largest cocaine producing countries, Ecuador is a strategic route for drug trafficking thanks to its long Pacific coastline and large shipping and fishing fleets. The country of nearly 18 million people is on the verge of becoming a narco-State, as criminal gangs encouraged by their lucrative ties to Mexican drug cartels use terror tactics to intimidate officials and civilians, analysts say.

The hero who inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda is out of jail

Businessman Paul Rusesabagina, who inspired the movie Hotel Rwanda for his role in saving the lives of more than a thousand people during the 1994 Rwandan genocide, has been released after his 25-year sentence was commuted on a terrorism charge. The Rwandan government’s announcement follows intense US diplomatic activity, where Rusesabagina has permanent residency rights. The historical close ties between the two countries were severely tested with this case. “This is the result of a shared desire to restore relations between the United States and Rwanda,” Stephanie Nymbayire, spokesperson for Rwandan President Paul Kagame, said on Twitter. Rusesabagina was convicted in September 2021 for her links to an organization that opposes the government of President Paul Kagame. Rusesabagina denied all charges and refused to participate in the trial, which she and her supporters called a political comedy. Washington said the man was “wrongfully detained”, in part because of the lack of a fair trial guarantee.

Tigray rebel leader appointed governor of Ethiopia region

The Ethiopian government has appointed a senior official from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) to head the interim regional administration of the region after a peace deal ended two years of brutal armed conflict. The announcement comes just a day after Parliament removed the TPLF from its official list of terrorist organizations and said it would help speed up a peace deal between the rebels and the federal government to be signed in November 2022. The front was officially declared a terrorist organization in May 2021, six months after the start of the Tigray War. The organization agreed to disarmament in exchange for restoring access to Tigray, which had been largely cut off during the war, under the terms of a peace agreement signed in November in the South African capital of Pretoria.

UN calls for international mission to Haiti to combat gang violence

The United Nations has called for the deployment of an international “expert support force” to prevent Haiti from falling into violent chaos after more than 530 people were killed in the first weeks of this year. Marta Hurtado, spokeswoman for the United Nations human rights office, warned Tuesday that “clashings between gangs are becoming more and more violent and frequent” and expressed “serious concern” that the security situation is spiraling out of control. The UN agency said its staff counted 531 murders, 300 injured and 277 kidnappings this year in gang-related incidents, most of them in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, where the gangs took root. At least 208 of these murders and 101 of the kidnappings occurred in the first half of this month. “Many of the victims were killed or injured by snipers who randomly opened fire in their homes or on the street,” Hurtado said. Said.

Tanzania announces outbreak of deadly Marburg virus disease

Tanzania has announced its first outbreak of deadly Marburg virus disease (MVD), after five deaths and three other cases were reported at a hospital in the northwestern Kagera region. According to the World Health Organization (ONS), about 161 people at risk of infection have been identified through contact tracing. The government sent an emergency team to the area, and neighboring countries increased surveillance. Except for Kagera, no cases have been reported yet. MVD was first discovered in 1967 in Marburg and Frankfurt in Germany and in Belgrade, Serbia. It belongs to the same “viral family” as Ebola and causes severe hemorrhagic fever with mortality rates ranging from 24% to 88%. Since its discovery, there have been several outbreaks in Angola, the worst of which was in 2004-2005 with 252 cases and 227 deaths.

Hurricane in Mississippi: At least 23 dead

At least 23 people were killed and dozens injured after hurricanes and severe thunderstorms left more than 100 miles of damage across the Mississippi River in the United States on Friday evening. After a storm hit Silver City, a town of 200 in western Mississippi, four people go missing as search and rescue teams search the devastation for survivors. At least seven people were killed in January after a massive storm system hit some southern states in the US, causing high winds and producing tornadoes in Alabama and Georgia. Last month, a string of tornadoes hit the central US, leaving debris and injuries behind as winter storms caused extreme weather across the country.

11 Iranian militia killed in US operation in Syria

The U.S. military has carried out multiple airstrikes against groups close to Iran, blamed for a deadly drone strike in eastern Syria that killed one contractor, injured another, and also injured five U.S. soldiers. While US forces stationed in Syria have previously been targeted by drones, casualties in their ranks are rare. The US attacks, which killed 11 pro-Iran fighters, were in retaliation for Thursday’s drone attack on a US-led coalition base near Hasakah in the country’s northeast, according to a UK-based war watchdog. US intelligence evaluated that the attacking drone was of Iranian origin. Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin added that the US targeted groups affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and authorized retaliatory raids at the behest of US President Joe Biden.

Israel approves return of Jewish settlers to illegal settlements in Palestine

The Israeli government has approved an amendment that would allow Israelis to return to four illegal settlements in the occupied northern West Bank that were evacuated in 2005. The second and third readings of the law were passed by the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, late Monday evening. Majority of votes 31 in favor and 18 against. This move could allow Israelis to resettle in the evacuated settlements of Homesh, Sa-Nur, Kadim and Ganim, all located around the Palestinian cities of Jenin and Nablus. Although the government has approved the change, the Israeli military has yet to issue a military order allowing Israelis to settle in these areas. Between 650,000 and 700,000 Israeli settlers live in hundreds of illegal Jewish-only settlements and outposts throughout East Jerusalem and the West Bank, many of which are wholly or partially built on private Palestinian land. In August 2005, the secession plan implemented by then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon enabled Israel to withdraw more than 9,000 settlers from 21 illegal settlements in the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied North West Bank. The US said it was “extremely upset” by Tel Aviv’s move.

One killed, 20 arrested during anti-government protests in Kenya

A college student died and more than 200 were arrested in Kenya on Monday in nationwide protests against President William Ruto’s administration over the high cost of living. Protesters took to the streets in the capital, Nairobi and several other cities, in response to a call by opposition leader Raila Odinga. Some set fires in the streets and threw stones at the police. Officers sprayed tear gas and water cannon on Odinga’s convoy, who was calling out to his supporters from the top of his car. Police reported that 24 police officers were injured in the clashes. The person killed was shot in the neck by law enforcement officers when a student at Maseno University in western Kenya fired real ammunition after police officers ran out of tear gas cans and blanks.

Source: Today IT