Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Week So Far

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

The Week So Far

Article excerpt

1. Africa

A former Rwandan army chief has been sentenced to 30 years in jail for his role in the country's 1994 genocide. Augustin Bizimungu was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. The general is one of the most senior figures yet to be tried by the tribunal.

2. Middle East

At least 15 people were killed during demonstrations on Israel's borders on 15 May. Israeli troops shot at protesters after they reportedly breached the fenced ceasefire line between Israel and Syria in the Golan Heights. The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, called for calm but remained defiant. "We are determined to defend our borders and sovereignty," he said.

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3. North America

Donald Trump dropped out of the race for the Republican candidacy in the 2012 US presidential election. The businessman and reality TV show host declared that he was "not ready to leave the private sector". His explanation has led to claims that the run was a publicity stunt.

4. Asia

The Burmese government has started to release or reduce the sentences of approximately 15,000 prisoners as part of an amnesty announced on 16 May. Critics dismiss the move as a gimmick, pointing out that few of the country's estimated 2,200 political prisoners are among those being released.

5. Latin America

Twenty-seven farmworkers were killed in a massacre on a rah in Guatemala on 15 May. …

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