Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ghana Takes in Ex-Guantanamo Bay, Rwandan Detainees

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ghana Takes in Ex-Guantanamo Bay, Rwandan Detainees

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Iraq proposes mediation for Saudia Arabia, Iran

Iraq on Wednesday offered to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran after tension soared following the kingdom's execution of a Shiite cleric and attacks on two Saudi diplomatic posts in the Islamic Republic.

The standoff has seen Saudi Arabia sever diplomatic ties with its longtime regional rival and could hinder efforts to resolve conflicts in Syria and Yemen, where Riyadh and Tehran back opposite sides, as well as affect the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal.

Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari proposed mediation during a news conference in Tehran, but also referred to the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr as a "crime." Saudi Arabia and its allies say al-Nimr was found guilty of terrorism charges, and that condemnations of the execution amount to meddling in Riyadh's internal affairs.

Iraq has undertaken a delicate balancing act amid the regional turmoil. The Shiite-led government in Baghdad relies on Iranian help to battle the Islamic State group, but is also trying to repair ties to Saudi Arabia, which last week sent an ambassador to Baghdad for the first time in 25 years.

Ghana will take in refugees, former detainees * Ghana's foreign ministry says two former Guantnamo detainees of Yemeni origin will be settling for two years in the West African nation at the request of the United States.

The ministry said Wednesday that two other people from Rwanda who were tried by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda will also be allowed to settle in Ghana. It said the two were part of a group of people who had been acquitted, or sentenced and served time.

It said the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East means it will also provide refuge for some displaced Syrians with relatives in Ghana.

The government said that all those coming in will be monitored.

Former Guatemalan leaders arrested * Guatemalan prosecutors on Monday announced the arrest of several former military and government officials for alleged crimes against humanity committed during Guatemala's civil war, and initiated human rights proceedings against an ally of President-elect Jimmy Morales. …

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