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The Hague District Court ordered the Dutch state on Wednesday to pay compensation to the relatives of 11 men executed by Dutch soldiers in South Sulawesi in 1946 and 1947. The Indonesian War of Independence took place between 1945 and 1949. As a result of Dutch soldiers’ misconduct during the war, 11 men were killed in [...]

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The Singapore Ministry of Health enacted stay-at-home and social distancing regulations on Thursday amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The penalty for violating the regulations is a fine up to $10,000 or imprisonment up to six months or both. All travelers coming back to Singapore, including citizens and permanent residents, will have to go into quarantine for [...]

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China announced on Thursday that foreign nationals will be suspended from entering China beginning March 28 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The temporary suspension includes those holding visas or residency permits still valid at the time of suspension. In the announcement, China stated: The suspension is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take [...]

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday pardoned former army sergeant Sunil Ratnayake, who was sentenced to death for killing eight Tamil civilians during the country’s civil war. After a 13-year trial, the Colombo High Court found Ratnayake guilty of eight civilian murders and sentenced him to death in June 2015. The Supreme Court upheld [...]

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In a rare move, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an indictment against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro on Thursday. Maduro and 14 current and former Venezuelan officials have been charged with narco-terrorism, corruption, drug trafficking and other crimes. The DOJ alleges that Maduro conspired with the FARC, Colombia’s guerrilla army, prior to becoming the [...]

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The Supreme Court of Israel ruled that Israel’s Parliament must elect a new speaker Thursday after Yuli Edelstein, speaker and ally to the Prime Minister, resigned on Wednesday over a disagreement with the legislative decisions of Parliament during the COVID-19 pandemic. Edelstein raised concerns with the operation of the Supreme Court, stating that democracy could [...]

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The man who opened fire and killed dozens of New Zealand worshipers last March, pleaded guilty to all 51 charges of murder Thursday. New Zealand’s worst mass shooting took place on March 15 of last year, when Australian man Brendon Tarrant opened fire on two Christchurch mosques with an automatic weapon, killing 51 people. Tarrant [...]

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Prosecutors in Istanbul announced Wednesday that they have prepared an indictment of a close aide to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a former deputy head of general intelligence over the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The two men, former deputy head of Saudi Arabia’s general intelligence Ahmed al-Asiri and former [...]

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The UK Supreme Court ruled Wednesday to withhold key evidence from the US government in the trial of two Islamic state detainees because President Donald Trump has not assured that the detainees will not be executed. The detainees in question are known as the Beatles. They are former British citizens who are accused of killing [...]

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