A.U. urged to de­ploy troops more quickly

The Washington Post Sunday - - THE WORLD -

The African Union’s peace and se­cu­rity coun­cil on Satur­day rec­om­mended that the or­ga­ni­za­tion has­ten plans for send­ing troops to Bu­rundi if vi­o­lence in the cen­tral African na­tion wors­ens, and it called for in­ves­ti­ga­tions into rights abuses there. The coun­cil also said the A.U. would im­pose sanc­tions against any­one who in­cited fur­ther vi­o­lence in Bu­rundi.

Bu­rundi has suf­fered months of vi­o­lent tur­moil since Pres­i­dent Pierre Nku­run­z­iza an­nounced in April that he would seek a third term, a move that trig­gered protests and a failed coup. The op­po­si­tion said the pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion vi­o­lated the con­sti­tu­tion and a peace deal that ended a civil war in 2005. Nku­run­z­iza won the July 21 elec­tion, which was boy­cotted by his op­po­nents.

In re­cent weeks, Bu­rundi has seen in­creased shoot­ings and gre­nade at­tacks tar­get­ing top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion.

— Reuters Syr­ian troops ad­vance in Aleppo: Gov­ern­ment troops in Syria, backed by Hezbol­lah and Ira­nian fight­ers, made ad­vances in their of­fen­sive to re­take ter­ri­tory around the north­ern city of Aleppo from in­sur­gents and ji­hadist fight­ers, a mon­i­tor­ing group said. The Bri­tain-based Syr­ian Ob­ser­va­tory for Hu­man Rights said the army and its al­lies re­claimed three vil­lages amid fierce fight­ing in which at least 17 Is­lamist fight­ers and eight sol­diers or al­lied forces were killed. Saudi-led airstrikes hit al­lies in Ye­men: Airstrikes from the Saudi-led coali­tion tar­get­ing Ye­men’s Shi­ite Houthi rebels mis­tak­enly struck a pro-gov­ern­ment mil­i­tary en­camp­ment, killing at least 20 fight­ers and wound­ing 20 oth­ers in the lat­est in­stance of friendly fire in the anti-rebel camp, se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said. The fight­ers had just wrested the en­camp­ment from the Houthis in the south­ern prov­ince of Taiz when airstrikes hit them, pro­gov­ern­ment se­cu­rity of­fi­cials said. Nige­rian gen­eral dis­missed for los­ing to Boko Haram: A Nige­rian gen­eral has been dis­missed from the army and jailed for los­ing a ma­jor bat­tle in which Boko Haram Is­lamist ex­trem­ists killed hun­dreds of civil­ians, the mil­i­tary said. Brig. Gen. Eni­tan Ran­some Kuti — a nephew of Afrobeat mu­sic leg­end Fela Kuti — was sen­tenced to six months in jail for los­ing weapons to Boko Haram, said Col. Sani Us­man, an army spokesman. He was dis­missed from the mil­i­tary for “fail­ure to per­form mil­i­tary du­ties.” Condé wins re­elec­tion as Guinea leader: Guinean Pres­i­dent Al­pha Condé won re­elec­tion with about 58 per­cent of votes cast, ac­cord­ing to a tally of re­sults by the elec­toral com­mis­sion. Chal­lenger Cel­lou Dalein Diallo, who won about 31 per­cent in last Sun­day’s bal­lot­ing, has said he would not rec­og­nize the re­sult and would call on his sup­port­ers to protest fraud and rig­ging. Sev­eral peo­ple have been killed in elec­tion­re­lated clashes in a coun­try with a his­tory of po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence. Tai­wan Na­tion­al­ists switch can­di­dates: Tai­wan’s rul­ing Na­tion­al­ist Party has se­lected its chair­man, Eric Chu, to run for the pres­i­dency in the up­com­ing elec­tion, a move aimed at avoid­ing a trounc­ing by an op­po­si­tion it fears could de­rail warm­ing ties with China. Chu re­places Hung Hsiu-chu, a former teacher who was cho­sen three months ago and is trail­ing in the polls.

— From news ser­vices


Mo­line Linel, a stu­dent dressed to rep­re­sent Haitian in­de­pen­dence hero Gen. Jean-Jacques Des­salines, at­tends a cer­e­mony in Port-au-Prince mark­ing the 209th an­niver­sary of Des­salines’s as­sas­si­na­tion.

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