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Pentagon admits Kabul strike killed civilians, including children

WASHINGTON—The Pentagon retreated from its defense of a drone strike that killed multiple civilians in Afghanistan in late August, announcing Sept. 17 that a review revealed that only civilians were killed in the attack, not an Islamic State extremist as first believed. “The strike was a tragic mistake,” Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, told a Pentagon...

Elections represent an opportunity for stability and unity in Libya

With just over 100 days until landmark elections in Libya, political leaders must join forces to ensure the vote is free, fair and inclusive, the UN envoy for the country told the Security Council on Sept.10.  Ján Kubiš, special representative of the secretary-general and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) briefed ambassadors on developments ahead of presidential and parliamentary elections due...

UN human rights chief calls for global halt to sales of dangerous AI technologies

‘The power of AI to serve people is undeniable, but so is AI’s ability to feed human rights violations at an enormous scale with virtually no visibility.’ By Brett Wilkins, CommonDreams.org Noting the ubiquity of artificial intelligence in modern life, the United Nations’ top human rights official on Sept. 15 called for a moratorium on the sale and use of AI systems...

‘Journey of torture’: ‘Ugly’ interrogation welcomes re-arrested Palestinians in Israeli jails

Lawyers for the Palestinian prisoners, who were recently rearrested by Israeli troops after staging a daring escape from a maximum-security Israeli jail, recount the horrifying situation that has come to face them back in Israeli captivity. The hair-raising accounts were given by Mohammed and Mahmoud al-Ardah, two of the four inmates, who were recaptured by the Israeli forces earlier in...

In Somalia, deputy UN chief encourages progress on women’s political participation, and peaceful elections

The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, visited Somalia on Sept. 12, to express her solidarity with Somali women’s calls for full and equal participation in political life, and the support of the international community for timely, inclusive, peaceful and credible elections. In her various meetings in the capital, Mogadishu, Ms. Mohammed highlighted the country’s parliamentary elections as an...

Spain restarts talks to resolve Catalan secession crisis

BARCELONA, Spain—Spain’s prime minister and Catalonia’s leader met Sept. 15 to restart negotiations in hopes of finding a solution to the ongoing political crisis caused by the region’s separatist movement. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said the two-hour meeting with regional president Pere Aragonès was important to continue mending relations between their governments, but that there would be no quick fix...

Haiti and Haitians still in turmoil, fighting to recover

A shake-up has entered Haiti’s government, after Prime Minister Ariel Henry came under scrutiny by a top prosecutor who wanted him charged in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. The accusations have prompted high-level changes in the country’s cabinet, and calls for resignations, as the Caribbean nation also continues to recover a month after a devastating earthquake.  Government fallout Port-au-Prince prosecutor...

Is the Biden administration, U.S. corporate media under-mining integrity of the Ethiopian government?

KHARTOUM, Sudan—Is the West deliberately trying to destroy the reputation of the 2019 Noble Peace Prize winner, the Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed? The 45-year-old Ahmad won the award for his “efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation.” Ethiopia is becoming a regional power with its Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Damn (GERD), designed to supply electricity to much of Africa. The...

West African bloc to send delegation to Guinea after coup

ACCRA, Ghana—A delegation of West African leaders is to travel to Guinea to meet with the junta that toppled President Alpha Conde in a coup in early September. Top officials of West Africa’s influential economic bloc, ECOWAS, are expected to meet in Conakry, the capital, with the military officers now ruling the country and press them to immediately return the...

Over 400 militants lay down arms in Dara’a after truce deal with Syrian army: Military source

More than 400 militants holed up in Syria’s southwestern province of Dara’a have agreed to lay down their arms and renounce violence following breaches of a truce agreement they reached with the national army recently. A Syrian military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Russia’s Sputnik news agency on Sept. 6 that a total of 430 militants, who had...