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Syria re-admitted to the Arab League after 12 years

Arab countries on Sunday took an important step towards ending the country’s international exclusion by allowing Syria to rejoin the Arab League, after the country was suspended more than a decade later from the group for using brutal force against its own people. Syria’s membership in the Arab League was revoked in March 2011 after President Bashar Assad ordered strict measures against protesters, plunging the country into a civil war that killed nearly half a million people and displaced 23 million. The senior Jordanian diplomat said that while Assad consolidates control over Syrian territory, Arab states are trying to normalize ties by working towards an “Arab-led political path” to resolve the crisis. Damascus could make a triumphant return to Saudi Arabia at the next Arab League summit this month – perhaps represented by President Assad himself.

Tourist boat capsized in India: 22 dead

At least 22 people, most of them children, were killed when a double-decker tourist boat capsized in the southern Indian state of Kerala on Sunday evening. The next morning, rescuers found eight injured people, four of whom were in critical condition. Some passengers were stranded under the boat, which ended a 5-mile journey at the mouth of the Purapuzha River near the town of Tanur on the southwest coast of India. According to police, the ship was carrying more than double its capacity, which led to a murder case against its owner.

Pakistan’s ex-prime minister arrested, then released, clashes broke out in the country

The arrest of former prime minister Imran Khan in Pakistan on Tuesday sparked nationwide protests and violence until Thursday’s Supreme Court ordered his immediate release. The government condemned the judges’ decision and said it was determined to find other legal ways to arrest the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pti) party. The arrest of 70-year-old Khan in a corruption case by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) during his appearance in court on Tuesday sparked violent protests across the country, prompting the government to call in the military to help restore order. PTI supporters clashed with police across the country and people tried to raid army headquarters by attacking army and government areas, setting fire to a senior general’s residence in Lahore. More than 2,000 people were arrested in the clashes, at least 11 people were killed and dozens injured.

At least seven people died as a result of police shooting at protests in Guinea

At least seven people were killed and 32 injured during demonstrations in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, and other cities. Riot police cracked down on protesters who threw stones and burned tires on Wednesday, during the latest in a series of demonstrations against the military government that came to power in 2021. A total of 56 arrests were reported. Several protests have taken place in Guinea since the military took office, some of which have led to deadly clashes with security forces. The military government is one of the few to seize power in West Africa in a series of coups since 2020 and is now chasing election promises. In October, Guinean officials proposed a two-year transition to democracy from a three-year timetable previously rejected by the regional political and economic bloc, the Economic Community of West African States.

Centre-right wins Chile’s Constituent Assembly elections

Right-wing parties in Chile get a majority of the votes to elect the councilors tasked with drafting a new constitution, marking a sharp shift from the progressive majority that drafted an unsuccessful initial constitutional rewrite. The Chilean Republican Party, led by former conservative presidential candidate Jose Antonio Kast, won nearly 35 percent of the vote in Sunday’s voting. A separate coalition of traditional right-wing parties received more than 20% of the vote, while President Gabriel Boric’s left-wing coalition received about 29%. The centrist parties received the remaining votes. “Today is the first day of a better future, a new beginning for Chile,” said Kast, who lost to Boric in 2021. “Chile defeated a failed government.”

Nicaragua orders the Red Cross to be shut down

The National Assembly of Nicaragua has decided to dissolve the local branch of the Red Cross, a non-profit humanitarian organization, as part of continued crackdown on groups deemed hostile to Daniel Ortega’s government. The law to shut down the Red Cross was passed unanimously in Parliament on Wednesday, controlled by Ortega’s Sandinista party. Instead, lawmakers called for a “new Nicaraguan Red Cross” to function as a “decentralized and autonomous” body within the government’s Ministry of Health. The Nicaraguan government accused the nonprofit health organization of organizing “attacks on peace and stability” for its role in the 2018 anti-government demonstrations. With even greater pressure against Ortega’s administration.

Bolivian general Prado Salmon, who captured Che Guevara, dies

Bolivian general Gary Prado Salmon, who captured communist revolutionary icon Ernesto “Che” Guevara in 1967, died on Saturday, May 6, at the age of 84, his son announced on social media Monday. Prado Salmon led a patrol in southwestern Bolivia that captured the Argentine revolutionary on October 8, 1967, who was wounded during a US-backed military operation against communist rebels. A day later, the Bolivian army executed Guevara, who led the Cuban communist revolution with Fidel Castro. Fearing the growing influence of the communist Soviet Union, the United States took action against left-wing parties and activists in Latin America. Cuba is still under US sanctions. Former US President Barack Obama established diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2015, 50 years later, but this move was reversed by his successor, Donald Trump.

New clashes on the Armenia-Azerbaijan border

Just days after the start of EU-hosted talks to resolve their 30-year territorial dispute, Armenia and Azerbaijan blamed each other for the shootings across their borders. The conflict erupted on Thursday as the two countries negotiated a peace deal to end the decades-old stalemate over Nagorno-Karabakh, a region recognized as part of Azerbaijan but mostly populated by Armenians. The incident occurred a few days before the President of the European Council Charles Michel hosted in Brussels yesterday Nikol Pashinyan and Ilham Aliyev from Armenia for negotiations. The meeting comes after the United States announced last week that it had made “concrete progress” in talks between foreign ministers in Washington aimed at ending the enclave dispute. Armenia and Azerbaijan were republics of the Soviet Union that gained independence in 1991, when the USSR was dissolved.

Tunisian police kill 5 people near oldest synagogue in Africa

A police officer killed three police officers and two visitors near Africa’s oldest synagogue during an annual pilgrimage to the island of Djerba, which attracts hundreds of Jews from Europe and Israel. An officer at a naval facility in Djerba shot a colleague on his way to the holy place on Tuesday and took his ammo. The attacker opened fire indiscriminately at security units near the synagogue, killing two visitors and two other security guards, and wounding four visitors and six officers. Security forces later killed him. Authorities did not identify a reason for the attack, but Islamist militants have targeted the Djerba pilgrimage in the past and have carried out other attacks in the country. According to the organizers, more than 5,000 faithful Jews participated in this year’s pilgrimage to Ghriba, mostly from abroad. The event resumed in 2022 after being suspended for two years due to the pandemic.

Source: Today IT

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