NEWS OF THE DAY

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1 Ethiopia politics: Scores gath­ered Satur­day in the cap­i­tal, Addis Ababa, to wel­come re­turn­ing lead­ers of the on­ce­banned Oromo Lib­er­a­tion Front amid sweep­ing re­forms to bring op­po­si­tion groups back into politics. The OLF and two other or­ga­ni­za­tions were re­moved from a list of ter­ror groups this year af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Abiy Ahmed took of­fice. He in­vited them to re­turn as he vowed to broaden po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion in the coun­try. About 1,500 OLF fight­ers re­turned from neigh­bor­ing Eritrea. The group since the 1970s has ad­vo­cated the “right to na­tional self-de­ter­mi­na­tion” for the Oromo peo­ple, Ethiopia’s largest eth­nic group.

2 Kash­mir fight­ing: One man was killed and more than a dozen oth­ers were in­jured Satur­day when gov­ern­ment forces fired at anti-In­dia demon­stra­tors in In­dian-con­trolled Kash­mir af­ter sol­diers killed five rebels, police and res­i­dents said. In­dian troops laid a siege around a south­ern vil­lage on a tip that mil­i­tants were hid­ing there, police said. A gun­bat­tle erupted, killing the five lo­cal Kash­miri rebels. The fight­ing sparked protests against In­dia as hun­dreds of res­i­dents tried to march to the site of the bat­tle in sol­i­dar­ity with the mil­i­tants. Rebels have been fight­ing In­dian con­trol since 1989.

3 Bri­tain di­vorce: The gov­ern­ment is propos­ing to in­tro­duce “no-fault” divorces and make other changes to make it eas­ier for mar­ried cou­ples to di­vorce. Jus­tice Sec­re­tary David Gauke be­gan a con­sul­ta­tion process Satur­day to re­vise laws he said were “out of touch with mod­ern life.” Un­der the pro­pos­als, it would no longer be nec­es­sary to prove mis­con­duct such as adul­tery or to live apart for a cer­tain num­ber of years be­fore a cou­ple could di­vorce. The pro­pos­als have drawn a gen­er­ally pos­i­tive re­sponse from di­vorce lawyers who said it would re­duce con­flict be­tween cou­ples at a dif­fi­cult time.

4 Mex­ico vi­o­lence: Police in the north­ern state of Sonora said six sev­ered hu­man heads were found in a cooler left on a road­side. There was no im­me­di­ate in­for­ma­tion on the iden­tity of the men, nor were their bod­ies found. The heads were dis­cov­ered Fri­day near the city of Ci­u­dad Obre­gon. Drug gangs of­ten leave sev­ered heads as a warn­ing to ri­vals or au­thor­i­ties.

5 Cor­rup­tion claim: Pros­e­cu­tors in El Sal­vador are seek­ing the ex­tra­di­tion of for­mer Pres­i­dent Mauri­cio Funes and three fam­ily mem­bers on cor­rup­tion charges. Funes, the rel­a­tives and ex-of­fi­cials are ac­cused in con­nec­tion with the al­leged em­bez­zle­ment of $351 mil­lion in pub­lic funds. Funes and his fam­ily have been liv­ing since 2016 in Nicaragua, which granted them po­lit­i­cal asylum. He de­nies wrong­do­ing. The ex­tra­di­tion pe­ti­tion was filed Fri­day with the judge over­see­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and, if ap­proved, the re­quest will be re­ferred to the For­eign Re­la­tions Min­istry.

6 Pris­on­ers re­leased: A prom­i­nent Rwan­dan op­po­si­tion leader walked free on Satur­day af­ter the gov­ern­ment ap­proved the early re­lease of more than 2,100 pris­on­ers with lit­tle ex­pla­na­tion. Vic­toire Ingabire Umuhoza’s re­lease sur­prised many be­cause it is un­usual for long­time Pres­i­dent Paul Kagame to par­don po­ten­tial chal­lengers. She quickly urged Kagame to re­lease all other po­lit­i­cal pris­on­ers. Ingabire, head of the FDU-Inkingi op­po­si­tion party, was ar­rested in 2010 and found guilty of con­spir­acy to un­der­mine the gov­ern­ment and deny­ing Rwanda’s 1994 geno­cide, charges she de­nied. Still de­tained is Diane Rwigara, who tried to chal­lenge Kagame in last year’s elec­tion. She was charged with in­cit­ing in­sur­rec­tion.

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