Thabo Bester prison escape: Murder charge dropped against co-defendant in case of killer accused of faking his own death in South Africa

CNN  —  South African prosecutors have dropped a murder charge against Zolile Sekeleni, the father of the girlfriend of high-profile convicted murderer Thabo Bester, who is accused of escaping from a South African prison after faking his own death in a fire, officials told CNN Monday. Sekeleni’s daughter, Nandipha Magudumana, a prominent medical doctor and […]

Sudan fighting: Gunmen storm homes of UN staff as confusion reigns over ceasefire

CNN  —  Gunfire, explosions and overhead fighter jets were heard across Sudan’s capital Khartoum on Tuesday, as gunmen reportedly stormed the homes of people working for the United Nations and other international organizations, amid conflicting reports of an agreed ceasefire in the country. Fighting between the country’s armed forces and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces […]

Takeaways from Biden’s trip to Ireland

Dublin, Ireland CNN  —  Like so many Americans do each year, President Joe Biden returned to Ireland this week in search of his roots, seeking some connection and some answers in the land his people left so many years ago. He found it in pubs, priests and Parliament, which he said (in the Irish language) […]

US ‘disappointed’ by Chinese court’s decision to uphold death sentence for American citizen

CNN  —  The US State Department said Thursday it is “disappointed” by a Chinese court’s decision to uphold the death sentence for American citizen Mark Swidan and called for his immediate release. “Today the People’s Republic of China’s Jiangmen Intermediate Court denied wrongfully detained US national Mark Swidan’s appeal, and upheld his death penalty with […]

What is the Good Friday Agreement? How a historic deal ended the Troubles in Northern Ireland

London CNN  —  US President Joe Biden will visit Belfast, Northern Ireland, next week to mark the 25th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement (GFA), a peace deal that brought an end to decades of sectarian violence on the island of Ireland known as “the Troubles.”  A lot has changed since 1998, when the deal was reached, but the accord lives large in the imaginations of European […]

Swiss prosecutor probes Credit Suisse takeover

Switzerland’s Federal Prosecutor has opened an investigation into the state-backed takeover of Credit Suisse (AMJL) by UBS Group, the office of the attorney general said Sunday. The prosecutor, based in the Swiss capital Bern, is looking into potential breaches of the country’s criminal law by government officials, regulators and executives at the two banks, which […]

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