Jun 21 2017
More than 3300 people have been killed in central Congo's volatile Kasai provinces since August, according to a document released by the Catholic church, as the United Nations called for an global investigation after accounts of babies with machete wounds and pregnant women sliced open.
The minister also said Congolese opposition leader Moise Katumbi, who has been overseas since he was accused of plotting against the state a year ago, was free to come back to Congo whenever he wants, although he would have to face justice.
The clashes have triggered fears of a wider conflict in the central African giant, a tinderbox of ethnic rivalry and competing claims over mineral resources.
Wars at the turn of the century killed millions and involved more than a half-dozen neighbouring countries.
"This will also send a strong signal about the need to uphold human rights in the rest of the country, where lack of progress in implementing the 31 December Agreement, and continued restrictions on political rights and freedoms, are generating frustration and deepening grievances", said the High Commissioner, noting that he would also remain in touch with the International Criminal Court (ICC).
He added that teams deployed by his Office (OHCHR) witnessed children as young as two, whose limbs had been chopped off, and babies with machete wounds and severe wounds.
US House speaker Paul Ryan vows to complete tax reform in 2017
But Republicans continue to disagree on various components of a tax bill, in addition to whether tax reform should be permanent. Paul Ryan is delivering a "major speech" on taxes today at the National Association of Manufacturers conference.
DC police to charge 12 Turkish security agents
Nine people were injured, with several going to the hospital for treatment of head injuries, broken teeth, deep cuts and bruises. Ankara told the U.S. ambassador that the decision to issue the warrants was "wrong" and "unacceptable", Anadolu Agency reported.
Critic's Notebook: Jeff Sessions Dodges and Demurs His Way Through Senate Testimony
I never met with them. "I affirmed his concern that we should be following the proper guidelines of the Department of Justice. It's unfair to say that the Trump administration is failing to make any progress. "That's much more of a gray area".
"The sad truth is that they are looking for mass graves everywhere except where they may actually exist", she told the council. "One 2-month-old baby seen by my team had been hit by two bullets four hours after birth; the mother was also wounded".
Serious human rights violations by members of the security forces themselves - including summary executions and rape - have been reported during several operations against villages allegedly controlled by the Kamuina Nsapu militia. "At least two pregnant women were sliced open and their fetuses mutilated".
Kinshasa on Monday (June 19) reiterated its stands on not admitting an independent investigation into violence in its Kasai region. But the report will carry considerable weight in a country where about 40 per cent of the population identifies as Catholic.
As NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports, the violence in the central Kasai region erupted last August, "when the military killed Kamuina Nsapu, a chief who was calling for government forces to leave the region".
Human Rights Minister Marie-Ange Mushobekwa-Likulia instead told the United Nations council in Geneva that the Kinshasa government would allow United Nations investigators to help a national probe into the abuses.
Alexis Thambwe Mwamba expressed opposition to European Union resolution at the Human Rights Council that seeks an worldwide, independent mission to investigate rights violations and allegations of mass graves in the wake of hundreds of killings in the Kasai provinces.
Jun 21 2017
Qatar Air plans court claim in Gulf spat, condemns ICAO inaction
There is $18 billion due to banks that have cut ties with Qatar, most of it short-term deposits, Al Jaida said. A base in Qatar houses the headquarters of United States air power in the Middle East.
Jun 21 2017
Coalition shoots down Iran-made drone in Syria
Russian Federation has previously threatened to take military action in response to USA attacks on its allies elsewhere in Syria . "We do not want to continue this everyday [as it] distracts from our goal to defeat" the Islamic State , he said.
Jun 20 2017
Barclays Africa says "no obligation" to pay SA govt
Absa‚ which has not yet seen the report that contains the order‚ said it would study it before a possible legal review. She also said the government and the Reserve Bank had failed in their role.
Jun 19 2017
Theresa May pledges £5M for Grenfell Tower victims
The residential tower was built in 1974 and had been extensively refurbished in works that were completed previous year . Very early in the morning on Wednesday, a fire erupted in high rise apartment building Grenfell Tower in West London .
Jun 18 2017
Zidane can stay at Real Madrid for life, says Perez
At the end of the 25th season of the Champions League , Ronaldo is the first player to score in three of the competition's finals. The 4-1 win over Juventus allowed Madrid to become the first team to win back-to-back titles in the Champions League era.
Jun 18 2017
American Student Freed By North Korea Arrives Home
Otto Warmbier , a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, was released after 17 months of detention in the communist nation. Hours before Otto was scheduled to land, there was a row of reporters standing outside the airport, lined up facing the runway.
Jun 17 2017
Russia Says It May Have Killed ISIS Leader in Airstrike
She noted that the Russians have said they are still investigating whether al-Baghdadi was actually at the meeting they bombed. Sputnik also claimed that Syrian state television reported on Sunday that al-Baghdadi was killed in a US -led airstrike.
Jun 17 2017
Gambia Refuses To Take Sides In Saudi Arabia-Qatar Dispute
There is no prospect that the crisis will deepen, and the deal between the U.S. and Qatar is another indication in this direction. However, a few days later, the State Department insisted that the harsh economic sanctions are "hindering" the war effort.
Jun 16 2017
Paddy Barnes: I'd love to see Conor McGregor knock out Floyd Mayweather
Mayweather will come off a two-year retirement in a bout that McGregor has been pushing for almost that long. Honestly, did you expect anything less from Sheri's Ranch for an event being tabbed "The Money Fight? ".
Jun 15 2017
Nadal dominates to win historic 10th French Open title
The pair each pocketed €2.1 million (£1.8 million) for winning from an overall tournament purse of €36 million (£32 million). Nadal's ascendency to his 10th French Open title was never in doubt after the first serve of the match.
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