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World in brief June 25 2020

KOSOVO: President Hashim Thaci and nine others have been indicted “for nearly 100 murders” committed in the 1998-9 Yugoslavia war by the Kosovo specialist chambers, a Kosovo court located in The Hague.
Mr Thaci commanded fighters in the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which fought alongside Nato to separate the territory from Yugoslavia, now Serbia. The charges relate to the killings of Serb, Kosovar Albanian and Roma civilians.
Other charges include enforced disappearance, persecution, and torture.

SYRIA: Turkish drones killed three women in Helince in Kobane yesterday, according to the Kongra Star Women’s Movement.
The group denounced “a direct attack on us as women” and added that “every day there are reports of women being abducted or murdered by the jihadist groups supported by the Turkish state.”
It said that Russia controlled the air space over Kobane and must have allowed the Turkish attack.

INDONESIA: Fishermen have rescued 94 Rohingya found adrift in a wooden boat of the coast of Aceh province, authorities said yesterday.
The Rohingya were rescued and boarded the fishermen’s boat, and have been provided with food, water and donated clothes from local villagers, but the boat has not yet returned to shore as local officials are awaiting permission.Local police said they had been unable to communicate with the refugees, part of a persecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar, because none could speak English or Malay.

BOLIVIA: Three more local Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) leaders were arrested on Tuesday.
The party of ousted president Evo Morales, who was overthrown in a military coup last November, has faced serious persecution from authorities since. 
The government plans to charge the three with terrorism and sedition, but the party says it is being targeted because it still leads in the polls and would win any election.


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