'Historic' day as last FARC-EP members gather to turn in arms – UN mission in Colombia About 300 members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) today arrived in central Colombia's Agua Bonita zone, bringing the number to close to 6,900, to lay down their arms under United Nations verification, and to begin a transition to social, economic and political life, the UN Mission in the country said today.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST Famine declared in region of South Sudan – UN Famine has been formally declared in parts of South Sudan, the United Nations said today, warning that war and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation there and a further 1 million people are classified as being on the brink of famine.
Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 EST UN, international organizations condemn attacks on civilians in parts of Central African Republic Voicing deep concern over the security situation in the Central African Republic, in particular in the Ouaka and Hautte-Kotto prefectures, the United Nations together with the Economic Community of Central African States, the African Union, the Organization of La Francophonie and the European Union have condemned the acts of violence by armed groups that have exasperated an already alarming humanitarian situation.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:19:29 +0000 Israel: Law on the Regulation of Settlement in Judea and Samaria (Feb. 16, 2017) On February 6, 2017, the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, passed a law for the regulation of settlements on land in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). (Law on Regulation of Settlement in Judea and Samaria, 5777-2017, SEFER HAHUKIM [BOOK OF LAWS, SH] (the official gazette) No. 2604 p. 394 at 410 (Feb. 13, […]
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:30:04 +0000 Japan: Act on Promotion of Use of Bicycles (Feb. 16, 2017) The Act on Promotion of the Use of Bicycles was promulgated on December 16, 2016. (Act No. 113 of 2016, KANPO, Extra Ed. No. 278 (Dec. 16, 2016) at 38 (in Japanese).) The Act will be effective within six months of the promulgation date. (Id. Supp. Provisions, art. 1.) This is the […]
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:30:54 +0000 Australia: Bill Passed Requiring Notification of Data Breaches (Feb. 15, 2017) On February 13, 2017, the Australian Senate voted to pass the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016 (Parliament of Australia website). The House of Representatives had passed the bill on February 7, 2017. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) currently has a voluntary notification system for data breaches and has […]
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:30:32 +0000 Kenya: High Court Declares Penal Code Provision on Criminal Defamation Unconstitutional (Feb. 14, 2017) On February 6, 2017, the Constitutional and Human Rights Division of the High Court of Kenya at Nairobi found unconstitutional article 194 of the country’s 1930 Penal Code, which relates to criminal defamation. (Jacqueline Okuta & another v Attorney General & 2 others  eKLR, Kenya Law website.) Two individuals, Jacqueline Okuta and […]
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:53:12 GMT Syria crisis: Footage shows girl 'Aya' rescue Footage released by Syria Civil Defence shows a girl being pulled alive from rubble, apparently in Damascus' Tishreen neighbourhood amid reported air strikes.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:36:51 -0500 Poland in response to EU: rule of law not under threat WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland appeared to dismiss on Monday demands that it implement judiciary reforms deemed essential by the European Commission to uphold the rule of law, raising the danger Warsaw could be stripped of its voting right in the 28-member bloc.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:32:19 -0500 Russia's U.N. envoy Churkin dies suddenly in New York MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:29:18 -0500 Colombian police suspect ELN rebels behind bullring explosion BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian authorities suspect Marxist ELN rebels were behind a bomb attack near Bogota's bullring on Sunday, leaving dozens of police officers injured as they prepared for anti-bullfighting protests in Colombia's capital.
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