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Within the next few hours, the ex-president of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, will become the first former head of state to stand trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Mr. Gbagbo is charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, after his refusal to admit defeat to his rival, Alassane Ouattara, in elections in 2010. One of his advisers, Abdon Bayeto, was asked how Mr. Gbagbo would plead.
He's going to plead, as you know, not guilty. I mean I don't know why you should ask this question, when you know yourself there has been a parody of justice here. Somebody has been, you know, imprisoned for five years with no proof, so he is going to plead not guilty. With more details, Anna Holigan reports from The Hague.
Seventy-year-old Laurent Gbagbo is accused of deliberately targeting civilians based on their political allegiances, religion or ethnicity. According to the ICC, this case demonstrates that no one is above the law. And yet despite casualties on both sides, not one of President Alassane Ouattara's supporters has been charged, leading to accusations of victor’s justice.
Sweden's Interior Minister says he expects up to 80,000 failed asylum-seekers who arrived last year to be expelled. Anders Ygeman said that because of the large numbers involved, the expulsions will probably take a number of years. More than 160,000 migrants arrived in Sweden in 2015.
The British government has announced that it will take in more unaccompanied children from refugee camps near Syria. That will be in addition to the 20,000 Syrian refugees who'll be resettled in Britain over the next five years. Kerry Walker reports.
The government's been under pressure from charities and opposition parties to accept 3,000 refugee children as part of its response to the migrant crisis. Now, the Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire, has asked the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to identify unaccompanied children and help to bring them to the U.K. But they'll come from the countries neighbouring Syria, not from among the one million refugees who've arrived in Europe. And the government has not put a figure on how many it will take.
The Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, has urged Latin American to unite in combating the Zika virus. Brazil is at the centre of an outbreak of the virus, which has been linked to babies born with abnormally small heads. The President told a summit in Ecuador that sharing knowledge was the only way that disease would be beaten.
The leader of an anti-government protest in the U.S. state of Oregon has urged his supporters to go home, nearly a month after they occupied a wildlife refuge. In a statement issued by his lawyer, Ammon Bundy said the fight should not be pursued in the courts. On Tuesday, a man was shot dead in a confrontation with police.
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The outgoing President of Taiwan has flown to a disputed island in the South China Sea to reassert a claim to sovereignty. Ma Ying-jeou's visit, his first since taking office eight years ago, has been condemned by the United States as extremely unhelpful. The island of Itu Aba, which Taiwan calls Taiping, is part of an archipelago which is subject to competing territorial claims from China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei.
Sudan's state media says the border with South Sudan is to open for the first time since the South declared independence five years ago. The decree by President Omar Bashir follows the decision earlier this week by South Sudan to pull its army back from the border and to send an envoy to the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, to promote the normalisation of ties. Sudan closed the border in 2011, accusing the South of supporting rebels in the north.
The Vietnamese Communist Party has ended a week-long conference, in which it reelected its Secretary-General as leader. Nguyen Phu Trong, a staunch defender of one-party rule, was the only candidate to be nominated, after the reformist Prime Minister pulled out. Jenison Head reports from Hanoi.
At the age of seventy-one, Mr. Trong, a low-key party veteran, is unlikely to make any dramatic changes in direction. The Vietnam’s economy is now deeply integrated into the global trading system. The export-led manufacturing boom has brought millions of jobs and raised living standards. And for all the talk at this congress of keeping socialism at the heart of the economy, the restructuring of inefficient state-owned industries will continue, though perhaps at a slower pace.
Five people suspected of involvement in the escape of three inmates from a maximum security jail in California have been arrested. But the fugitive prisoners are still on the run. They escaped on Friday.