No delay for Kenya trial
The Security Council refused to delay the International Criminal Court trial of Kenya’s president and his deputy on crimes against humanity on Friday, opening a rift with the African Union, which lobbied intensively for the yearlong postponement. The African-sponsored resolution to delay the trials of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto was voted down with seven “yes” votes and eight abstentions — short of the minimum nine “yes” votes needed for approval. The African Union argued that the trial delay was essential because Kenya needs its leaders to help fight al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia and at home.
Reward for Benghazi plotters
The Department of State on Friday said it has quietly offered a US$10 million reward since January for information leading to those behind the attack on Sept. 11 last year that killed the ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi. The men died when militants believed to have ties to al-Qaeda affiliates attacked a loosely guarded diplomatic compound and a nearby CIA annex in the eastern Libyan city on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the US.
Suspected cannibal ate heart
A suspected cannibal killed a 90-year-old in a sleepy southern village then pulled his heart and tongue out with the apparent intention of eating them with white beans, sources close to the case said on Friday. The young, homeless man slipped into his victim’s house at the edge of the isolated Nouilhan hamlet on Thursday evening, grabbed a metal object in the barn and smashed the old man’s skull, a source close to the probe said. According to his initial statements to investigators, the 26-year-old, who was responding “to messages or voices in his head,” set fire to the body and then extracted his victim’s heart and tongue to cook and eat them, added the source, who refused to be named, but had seen the crime scene.
Mass graves found
Authorities have unearthed 24 bodies in clandestine graves in regions beset by drug cartel violence, officials said on Friday. Six bodies were discovered on Thursday buried in a lime tree orchard on the outskirts of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, in the southwestern state of Guerrero, local officials said. The 18 other were found in eight pits near the town of La Barca, at the border between the western states of Jalisco and Michoacan, an agent from the federal prosecutor’s office said. Michoacan State is a bastion of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which has been involved in turf wars against the Jalisco New Generation gang.
Man charged over shooting
A white man who shot a black woman who knocked on his door after a late-night car crash in Michigan was charged with murder on Friday in a case that has stirred racial tensions. The death of Renisha McBride, 19, sparked protests and comparisons to Trayvon Martin, the black teenager whose killing last year at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida provoked a national debate on racism and “stand your ground” self-defense laws. The evidence showed that homeowner Theodore Wafer, 54, shot McBride through a locked screen door after opening the storm door, prosecutors said. Wafer was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and use of a gun during a felony.
TARNISHED LEGACY: Woodrow Wilson served as the university’s president before becoming the US’ 28th leader, but his racism was ‘significant and consequential’ Princeton University is removing former US president Woodrow Wilson’s name from its public policy school and one of its residential colleges after trustees concluded that the 28th president’s “racist thinking and policies” made him “an inappropriate namesake.” The Ivy League school’s trustees made the decision on Friday, according to a statement on Saturday. It comes at a time of widespread rethinking of the US’ racial legacy. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, energized by a series of high-profile deaths of black Americans, has resulted in the removal of Confederate monuments, flags and symbols of racism across the US. Deleting Wilson’s name at Princeton
‘FULLY ENCLOSED’: Residents of Anxin County would be confined to their homes and would only be allowed out once a day to buy necessities such as food and medicine China yesterday imposed a strict lockdown on nearly half a million people near the capital to contain a fresh COVID-19 cluster as authorities warned the outbreak was still “severe and complicated.” After China largely brought the virus under control, hundreds have been infected in Beijing and cases have emerged in Hebei Province. Health officials said that Anxin County — about 150km from Beijing — would be “fully enclosed and controlled,” the same strict measures imposed at the height of the pandemic in the city of Wuhan earlier this year. Only one person from each family would be allowed to go out once a
Japan said it opposed changes to the G7 nations as it pushed back against a reform plan by US President Donald Trump that would have rival South Korea this year join in an expanded meeting. Tokyo has told the US it stands against South Korea’s participation on the grounds of differences in policy on China and North Korea, Kyodo News reported this weekend, citing more than one source related to Japanese and US diplomacy. Japan also wants to maintain its status as the only Asian country in the group, the news agency added. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga yesterday told reporters that
The onset of summer has sparked a rise in incidents of “mask rage” in South Korea as more hot and bothered commuters either refuse to wear face coverings or leave parts of their faces exposed. In South Korea, Japan and other countries in East Asia, widespread mask wearing has been cited as one possible explanation for the region’s relative success in bringing the COVID-19 pandemic under control. South Korea, one of the first countries outside China to be affected by the virus, flattened the coronavirus curve in April, although it is now struggling with dozens of daily cases, mainly in and around