Published: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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Ben Ali handed third life sentence

Ben Ali handed third life sentence
Afp, Tunis

Tunisia’s ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was handed a third life sentence yesterday since he fled to Saudi Arabia in January 2011 during a mass uprising against his rule.
The military court in Sfax, southeast Tunisia, convicted Ben Ali over the violent repression of protests in the region during the revolution in which one person died and two others were injured, the official TAP news agency reported.


Libya justice ministry under siege
Reuters, Tripoli

Gunmen in pick-up trucks surrounded Libya’s justice ministry to step up demands for former aides to deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi to be barred from senior government posts, Reuters witnesses said yesterday.
Militiamen first ringed the foreign ministry on Sunday and have targeted other state buildings to push for a law to be passed to ban former aides to Gaddafi, who was overthrown and killed in a 2011 uprising, from government service.


Venezuela vote audit begins
Afp, Caracas

Venezuelan authorities on Monday began a partial audit of the disputed election won by the late Hugo Chavez’s handpicked successor, as the opposition rejected the move as insufficient.
Opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who says he was the real winner of the April 14 presidential vote, has accused election officials of rejecting his appeal for a full recount on the orders of the ruling Socialist Party. The Board has insisted it is legally impossible to carry out a full recount, and that no audit can reverse Maduro’s win.


’260,000 died in Somalia famine’

Officials in East Africa say a report to be released this week estimates that 260,000 people died in Somalia’s 2011 famine, more than double previously estimated.
The report by two US Government-funded famine and food agencies gives the highest toll from Somalia’s 2011 famine. One previous estimate said between 50,000 and 100,000 people died.
A Western official briefed on the report told The Associated Press that it says 260,000 people died, and that half the victims were five years of age and under.


'Tymoshenko detention unlawful'‘Tymoshenko detention unlawful’
Afp, Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled that Ukraine’s detention of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko was unlawful but threw out accusations of ill-treatment.
“The Court considered that the detention had been arbitrary and unlawful during the entire period,” the judges of the Strasbourg-based court said.
European officials have said that Tymoshenko’s release was a key objective as the bloc reviews ties with Ukraine and the possible signing of an association and trade accord.

Ben Ali handed third life sentence