Lebanon: Clashes erupt as Hezbollah allies protest explosion probe
By Abiodun Ogundairo
14 October 2021 | 3:16 pm
Supporters of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah staged a protest after a court dismissed a legal complaint about the judge investigating the 2020 Beirut port explosion.
Over 140 incidents of alleged endorsement of Russia's invasion of Ukraine are being investigated by German police. Many involve the use of the "Z" symbol.
Vehicles were left burnt out and fuel pooled on the ground in Nigeria's Imo state on Sunday following an overnight explosion at an illegal oil refining depot. The state commissioner for petroleum resources, Goodluck Opiah, said late on Saturday that 100 people were killed in the explosion, remarking that they were "burnt beyond recognition."
After years of political and financial crises, Lebanese people are now also in danger of going hungry. Germany has promised more food aid as imports from Ukraine and Russia dwindle.
Dozens of charred bodies were buried in mass graves on Tuesday (April 26) in Nigeria's Imo state as the stench of decomposing flesh hung in the air after more than 100 people were killed during a weekend explosion at an illegal oil refinery. A group of men, some bare-chested and without shoes, used shovels to dig three graves at the site of the explosion, a swampy open space surrounded by burnt out cars and palm trees.
A Colombian judge has rejected the attorney general's office's request to shelve a probe into former President Alvaro Uribe, who has been accused of witness tampering.
A state probe following the 2020 killing of George Floyd found that Minneapolis officers engaged in a "pattern or practice of race discrimination." The findings come days after Floyd's convicted killer filed an appeal.
The imprisonment and political exclusion of former President Lula da Silva was a violation of his rights, the UN has said. Lula is currently leading in polls for October's presidential election.
Lebanon is electing a new parliament soon. Even though many people harbour hope for change, it won't be a walk in the park for the opposition. Traditional power structures remain deeply embedded.
Protesters gathered in Tunis to reject President Kais Saied's rule, blaming him for returning Tunisia to a state of autocratic rule. The New Salvation Front has coalesced several parties to oppose him.
A renounced Al Jazeera journalist was killed last week during an Israeli raid in the West Bank. Shireen Abu Akhleh was wearing a flak jacket with the word "press" clearly marked. Israelis and Palestinians have traded blame over who fired the fatal shot, while Israel has opened an investigation into heavy-handed police tactics used during Abu Akleh's funeral procession, which almost caused her coffin to fall to the ground. We get analysis with Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists.
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