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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Ten Things of Kill and Joy

Srebrenica massacre: Dutch soldiers let 300 Muslims die/Daniel Boffey
  1. The Dutch parliament has passed a motion recognising that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One was a "genocide". More than 20 nations, including France and Russia, as well as Pope Francis, have recognised the 1915 killings as genocide.
  2. Satellite images of Myanmar suggest entire Rohingya villages have been destroyed, campaign group Human Rights Watch says "to erase evidence" of genocide.
  3. Twenty-two aid organisations have said they are "truly sorry" for the sector's failings in the wake of allegations of sexual misconduct by workers in a show of the West's abuse of power in developing countries.
  4. The UN Security Council is struggling to agree a resolution seeking a ceasefire in Syria as a rebel-held area has been bombarded for a sixth day, where hundreds of children have become casualties of war in what has been described as genocidal actions by the Syrian government.
  5. Egypt will elect a president next month in an election process where opponents have been rounded up. Many have been jailed, tortured or disappeared.
  6. An armed officer assigned to the Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last week stood outside the building during the shooting and did not intervene, the local sheriff says.
  7. Hungary, along with Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, have rejected EU migrant quotas, angering Brussels and earning the so-called Visegrad Four (V4) - a reputation as the union's troublemakers.
  8. A letter containing a substance sent to St James's Palace addressed to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is being treated as a "racist hate crime", police said.
  9. Two Russian athletes competing at the Winter Olympics have tested positive for a banned substance.
  10. In the Philippine capital, Manila, meat is recycled from landfill tips, washed and re-cooked. It's called "pagpag" and it's eaten by the poorest people who can't afford to buy fresh meat.

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