NEWS OF THE DAY
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.