Family receives remains of 6 killed in El Salvador massacre

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El Salvador’s forensic institute has turned over to family members the remains of six of the more than 200 rural residents killed by soldiers in August 1982 El Calabozo massacre

Family receives remains of 6 killed in El Salvador massacre

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El Salvador’s forensic institute has turned over to family members the remains of six of the more than 200 rural residents killed by soldiers in August 1982 El Calabozo massacre

El Salvador holds man on charge of promoting migrant caravan

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In one of the first cases of its kind, a court in El Salvador has ordered a man held pending trial on charges he promoted the formation of a migrant caravan

El Salvador holds man on charge of promoting migrant caravan

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In one of the first cases of its kind, a court in El Salvador has ordered a man held pending trial on charges he promoted the formation of a migrant caravan

Trump: Mideast peace plan likely rolled out in days

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President Donald Trump says he’ll likely release the long-awaited White House Mideast peace plan ahead of his meeting Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival Benny Gantz

Trump: Mideast peace plan likely rolled out in days

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President Donald Trump says he’ll likely release the long-awaited White House Mideast peace plan ahead of his meeting Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main political rival Benny Gantz

Firefighting plane crashes in Australia, killing 3 Americans

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Three American crew members have died when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia

Firefighting plane crashes in Australia, killing 3 Americans

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Three American crew members have died when a C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker crashed while battling wildfires in southeastern Australia

Mexican guardsmen break up migrant caravan along highway

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Hundreds of Central American migrants have been hauled onto to buses by Mexican national guardsmen and immigration agents after crossing into the country early Thursday and walking for hours along a rural highway

Mexican guardsmen break up migrant caravan along highway

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Hundreds of Central American migrants have been hauled onto to buses by Mexican national guardsmen and immigration agents after crossing into the country early Thursday and walking for hours along a rural highway

Trump to host Netanyahu, political rival at White House to discuss peace amid impeachment trial

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Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his top political challenger Benny Gantz will visit Washington next week to discuss peace in the Middle East, the White House announced Thursday.

Vice President Mike Pence said he extended the invitation to Netanyahu and Gantz — the leader of Israel’s Blue and White party — during his trip to Jerusalem, on behalf of President Donald Trump.

The timing of the visit could provide a distraction from the ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate.

The Trump administration has repeatedly delayed the release of a plan it’s devised for peace between Israel and its neighbors, as political turmoil in Israel brought criminal charges against Netanyahu and two parliamentary elections in under seven months.

Notably absent from the administration’s announcements was any mention of the Palestinians.

The White House declined to comment on whether it had also extended an invite to Palestinian officials, who cut off relations with the Trump administration in 2017 after the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. They have also openly criticized Trump’s actions as heavily biased in favor of Israel.

Bringing Netanyahu to the White House just over a month before the latest round of Israeli elections, scheduled for March 2, fits a pattern in which Trump has aimed to provide a domestic boost for his ally. The visit would allow the two leaders to put their close relationship before cameras.

While Gantz was also invited, Pence made clear the former military leader was an afterthought invited only after Netanyahu suggested he come, too.

Last year, just weeks before the elections in April, Trump announced in a tweet that the U.S. would recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, an area that overlooks the Jordan Valley; the move widely viewed as an attempt to help Netanyahu.

Days before another vote in September, Trump teased a conversation with Netanyahu about a possible mutual defense treaty.

Both leaders accepted the invitation to come to Washington, according to White House officials, and Netanyahu said he would “gladly” come. Pence told reporters in Jerusalem that the meeting would include a discussion of “regional issues, as well as the prospect of peace here in the Holy Land.”

Amid hundreds of tweets about his impeachment trial, Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday that the U.S. looked forward to hosting Gantz and Netanyahu.

“Reports about details and timing of our closely-held peace plan are purely speculative,” he added.

Netanyahu, who has adopted Trump’s language and messaging tactics in a bid to align himself with the American president — widely popular in Israel — was charged in November with fraud, bribery and breach of trust.

He is currently seeking immunity from prosecution even as he campaigns to hold his office.

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Trump to host Netanyahu, political rival at White House to discuss peace amid impeachment trial

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Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his top political challenger Benny Gantz will visit Washington next week to discuss peace in the Middle East, the White House announced Thursday.

Vice President Mike Pence said he extended the invitation to Netanyahu and Gantz — the leader of Israel’s Blue and White party — during his trip to Jerusalem, on behalf of President Donald Trump.

The timing of the visit could provide a distraction from the ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate.

The Trump administration has repeatedly delayed the release of a plan it’s devised for peace between Israel and its neighbors, as political turmoil in Israel brought criminal charges against Netanyahu and two parliamentary elections in under seven months.

Notably absent from the administration’s announcements was any mention of the Palestinians.

The White House declined to comment on whether it had also extended an invite to Palestinian officials, who cut off relations with the Trump administration in 2017 after the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. They have also openly criticized Trump’s actions as heavily biased in favor of Israel.

Bringing Netanyahu to the White House just over a month before the latest round of Israeli elections, scheduled for March 2, fits a pattern in which Trump has aimed to provide a domestic boost for his ally. The visit would allow the two leaders to put their close relationship before cameras.

While Gantz was also invited, Pence made clear the former military leader was an afterthought invited only after Netanyahu suggested he come, too.

Last year, just weeks before the elections in April, Trump announced in a tweet that the U.S. would recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, an area that overlooks the Jordan Valley; the move widely viewed as an attempt to help Netanyahu.

Days before another vote in September, Trump teased a conversation with Netanyahu about a possible mutual defense treaty.

Both leaders accepted the invitation to come to Washington, according to White House officials, and Netanyahu said he would “gladly” come. Pence told reporters in Jerusalem that the meeting would include a discussion of “regional issues, as well as the prospect of peace here in the Holy Land.”

Amid hundreds of tweets about his impeachment trial, Trump wrote on Twitter Thursday that the U.S. looked forward to hosting Gantz and Netanyahu.

“Reports about details and timing of our closely-held peace plan are purely speculative,” he added.

Netanyahu, who has adopted Trump’s language and messaging tactics in a bid to align himself with the American president — widely popular in Israel — was charged in November with fraud, bribery and breach of trust.

He is currently seeking immunity from prosecution even as he campaigns to hold his office.

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The Latest: VP Pence visits Western Wall in Jerusalem

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Vice President Mike Pence has visited Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray

The Latest: VP Pence visits Western Wall in Jerusalem

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Vice President Mike Pence has visited Jerusalem’s Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray

Islamic leaders make ‘groundbreaking’ visit to Auschwitz

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A high-level delegation of Muslim religious leaders has visited Auschwitz along with a Jewish group

Islamic leaders make ‘groundbreaking’ visit to Auschwitz

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A high-level delegation of Muslim religious leaders has visited Auschwitz along with a Jewish group

How climate change feeds Africa locust invasion

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Locusts by the millions are chomping their way across a large part of Africa in the worst outbreak some places have seen in 70 years

How climate change feeds Africa locust invasion

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Locusts by the millions are chomping their way across a large part of Africa in the worst outbreak some places have seen in 70 years

European Central Bank holds rates, launches policy review

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The European Central Bank is launching a review of how it steers the eurozone economy

European Central Bank holds rates, launches policy review

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The European Central Bank is launching a review of how it steers the eurozone economy

‘Doomsday Clock’ moved 20 seconds closer to catastrophe

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The world just got 20 seconds closer to catastrophe.

Gauging the duel threats of nuclear warfare and climate change, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced on Thursday that the minute hand on the metaphorical “Doomsday Clock” has been moved forward to 100 seconds before midnight, the closest it has come to signaling a global meltdown.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, comprised of world leaders and Nobel Laureates, announced its decision in a live-stream webcast.

The world is now closer to an apocalyptic meltdown with the recalibration of the “Doomsday Clock.”

“The bulletin is thus joining with tomorrow’s leaders and today’s most authoritative political ones to assert that the current environment is profoundly unstable and urgent action and immediate engagement is required by all,” Rachel Bronson, president of the organization, said at a news conference.

She went on, “Both the nuclear and climate conditions are worsening, and we note that over the last two years we have seen influential leaders denigrate and discard the most effective methods for addressing complex threats — international agreements with strong verification regimes — in favor of their own narrow interests and domestic political gain. By undermining cooperative science and law-based approaches to managing the most urgent threats to humanity, leaders have help to create a situation that will if unaddressed lead to catastrophe sooner rather than later.”

In January 2019, the atomic scientific group decided not to move the minute hand, a year after it adjusted the clock ahead 30 seconds.

“We are living in a period of great uncertainty caused by both technology and failures of leadership. It is urgent that we collectively work to reduce the instability that causes,” Robert Latiff, a member of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values, said in a statement.

Latiff was scheduled to speak at Thursday’s event along with former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland, and former California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is the executive chairman of the Bulletin of Scientists.

The “Doomsday Clock” was established in 1947, less than two years after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II. The clock was initially set at seven minutes before midnight.

Over the past seven decades, the clock has been adjusted forward and backward. The farthest the minute hand was pushed back from the cataclysmic midnight hour was 17 minutes in 1991 after the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty was revived and then-President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev both announced reductions in the nuclear arsenals of their respective countries.

In 2019, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists decided not to adjust the minute hand citing what they described as “the new abnormal,” a moment in history “in which fact is becoming indistinguishable from fiction, undermining our very abilities to develop and apply solutions to the big problems of our time.”

Bronson said on Thursday that conditions have grown worse and that the world has entered into “a period when danger is high and the margin for error is low.

“To move the clock closer to midnight moves us into a period that requires newfound vigilance and focus from leaders and citizens alike as if every second matters,” Bronson said. “The moment demands attention and new creative responses.”

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‘Doomsday Clock’ moved 20 seconds closer to catastrophe

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The world just got 20 seconds closer to catastrophe.

Gauging the duel threats of nuclear warfare and climate change, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced on Thursday that the minute hand on the metaphorical “Doomsday Clock” has been moved forward to 100 seconds before midnight, the closest it has come to signaling a global meltdown.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, comprised of world leaders and Nobel Laureates, announced its decision in a live-stream webcast.

The world is now closer to an apocalyptic meltdown with the recalibration of the “Doomsday Clock.”

“The bulletin is thus joining with tomorrow’s leaders and today’s most authoritative political ones to assert that the current environment is profoundly unstable and urgent action and immediate engagement is required by all,” Rachel Bronson, president of the organization, said at a news conference.

She went on, “Both the nuclear and climate conditions are worsening, and we note that over the last two years we have seen influential leaders denigrate and discard the most effective methods for addressing complex threats — international agreements with strong verification regimes — in favor of their own narrow interests and domestic political gain. By undermining cooperative science and law-based approaches to managing the most urgent threats to humanity, leaders have help to create a situation that will if unaddressed lead to catastrophe sooner rather than later.”

In January 2019, the atomic scientific group decided not to move the minute hand, a year after it adjusted the clock ahead 30 seconds.

“We are living in a period of great uncertainty caused by both technology and failures of leadership. It is urgent that we collectively work to reduce the instability that causes,” Robert Latiff, a member of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values, said in a statement.

Latiff was scheduled to speak at Thursday’s event along with former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland, and former California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is the executive chairman of the Bulletin of Scientists.

The “Doomsday Clock” was established in 1947, less than two years after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II. The clock was initially set at seven minutes before midnight.

Over the past seven decades, the clock has been adjusted forward and backward. The farthest the minute hand was pushed back from the cataclysmic midnight hour was 17 minutes in 1991 after the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty was revived and then-President George H.W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev both announced reductions in the nuclear arsenals of their respective countries.

In 2019, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists decided not to adjust the minute hand citing what they described as “the new abnormal,” a moment in history “in which fact is becoming indistinguishable from fiction, undermining our very abilities to develop and apply solutions to the big problems of our time.”

Bronson said on Thursday that conditions have grown worse and that the world has entered into “a period when danger is high and the margin for error is low.

“To move the clock closer to midnight moves us into a period that requires newfound vigilance and focus from leaders and citizens alike as if every second matters,” Bronson said. “The moment demands attention and new creative responses.”

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Greek high court upholds Vinnik extradition order to France

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A Greek high court has rejected Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik’s final appeal against his extradition to France, ending a more than two-year legal tug of war between three countries seeking to put him on trial

Greek high court upholds Vinnik extradition order to France

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A Greek high court has rejected Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik’s final appeal against his extradition to France, ending a more than two-year legal tug of war between three countries seeking to put him on trial

Three Americans killed in crash of water tanker plane fighting Australian wildfires

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Sjo/iStock(SYDNEY) — Three Americans were killed battling the Australian wildfires Thursday when their water tanker plane crashed in New South Wales.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker went down in the Snowy Mountains’ Monaro region, about 400 miles east of Melbourne, said officials with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS).

The three crew members were believed to be the only ones aboard the plane, according to officials. There were no survivors in the crash.

Authorities said they weren’t yet releasing the names of the crew members.

The plane was performing normal water bombing activities, dumping water on one of an estimated 80 fires currently burning in that area, officials said. Conditions were reported to be hot, dry and windy in the region.

The RFS grounded all other firefighting aircraft immediately following the crash.

“Today is a stark and horrible reminder of the dangerous conditions that our volunteers and our emergency services personnel across a number of agencies undertake on a daily basis,” said New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian at a press conference following the accident. “It demonstrates the dangerous work currently being undertaken and it also demonstrates the conditions that our firefighters are working under.”

The aircraft was owned by Canadian-based aviation company Coulson Aviation, and was being operated under contract to the RFS.

“The aircraft had departed Richmond, NSW with a load of retardant and was on a firebombing mission. The accident is reported to be extensive and we are deeply saddened to confirm there were 3 fatalities,” Coulson Aviation officials said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the three crew members onboard.”

Australia’s devastating wildfires have claimed more than 15 million acres of land and resulted in at least 25 deaths, according to authorities.

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Three Americans killed in crash of water tanker plane fighting Australian wildfires

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Sjo/iStock(SYDNEY) — Three Americans were killed battling the Australian wildfires Thursday when their water tanker plane crashed in New South Wales.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules aerial water tanker went down in the Snowy Mountains’ Monaro region, about 400 miles east of Melbourne, said officials with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS).

The three crew members were believed to be the only ones aboard the plane, according to officials. There were no survivors in the crash.

Authorities said they weren’t yet releasing the names of the crew members.

The plane was performing normal water bombing activities, dumping water on one of an estimated 80 fires currently burning in that area, officials said. Conditions were reported to be hot, dry and windy in the region.

The RFS grounded all other firefighting aircraft immediately following the crash.

“Today is a stark and horrible reminder of the dangerous conditions that our volunteers and our emergency services personnel across a number of agencies undertake on a daily basis,” said New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian at a press conference following the accident. “It demonstrates the dangerous work currently being undertaken and it also demonstrates the conditions that our firefighters are working under.”

The aircraft was owned by Canadian-based aviation company Coulson Aviation, and was being operated under contract to the RFS.

“The aircraft had departed Richmond, NSW with a load of retardant and was on a firebombing mission. The accident is reported to be extensive and we are deeply saddened to confirm there were 3 fatalities,” Coulson Aviation officials said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the three crew members onboard.”

Australia’s devastating wildfires have claimed more than 15 million acres of land and resulted in at least 25 deaths, according to authorities.

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Top UN court rules that Myanmar must prevent genocide of Rohingya minority

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yorkfoto/iStock(LONDON) — The United Nations’ International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Myanmar must “take all measures within its power” to prevent the genocide of its embattled Rohingya minority Thursday, in a move hailed by human rights groups.

The Gambia, a small West African country, filed the lawsuit against Myanmar in November on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a coalition of countries with significant Muslim populations, asking the ICJ to investigate whether Myanmar’s government has violated the Geneva Convention.

The Court also ruled that Myanmar must take measures to present the destruction of evidence and ensure that its military and any militia units do not commit any acts that serve as “direct and public incitement to genocide.” The Rohingya, a Muslim-majority ethnic minority, “remain extremely vulnerable” and were at “serious risk of genocide,” the ruling judges added.

The Gambian Ministry of Justice said in a statement that the ruling was a “major step towards holding Myanmar accountable for alleged acts of genocide.”

Myanmar must now submit a report showing they have complied with the order within four months, and will have to present further reports every six months after that.

Over 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since a campaign by the country’s military to push them out and raze their villages began in August 2017. Myanmar, previously called Burma, has denied any wrongdoing, saying that the campaign was against an Islamist extremist group.

The ruling follows a 2017 report by the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Myanmar found the treatment of the Rohingya appears to “bear the hallmarks of genocide.” A further U.N. fact-finding mission in 2018 said the human rights violations were “principally committed by the Myanmar security forces,” and recommended that they “should be investigated and prosecuted in an international criminal tribunal for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.”

Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar who was once hailed as a global icon when she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and spent 15 years under house arrest, had appeared at the ICJ in The Hague to defend her regime against the accusations of genocide last month.

Writing in the Financial Times before the ruling Thursday morning, Suu Kyi said that war crimes “may have been committed” by members of the Myanmar Defence Services, but said that Rohingya refugees had provided “exaggerated information,” stopping short of saying that genocide had been committed.

Amnesty International said that the ruling sent a message to Myanmar that the “world will not tolerate their atrocities.”

The case represented a “victory” for the Rohingya, although it was limited in its scope, Laura Haigh, Amnesty International’s Myanmar researcher told ABC News. The ruling on “provisional measures” was a dispute between two states, and did not concern whether or not Myanmar breached its obligations as a state party to the U.N.’s genocide convention, she said.

“I think it absolutely is a victory for the Rohingya, and more broadly for justice and accountability in Myanmar,” Haigh said. “Importantly it’s going to put a lot of political pressure on Myanmar now. I think it’s going to be very hard for Myanmar to not engage in this process further.”

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Top UN court rules that Myanmar must prevent genocide of Rohingya minority

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yorkfoto/iStock(LONDON) — The United Nations’ International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Myanmar must “take all measures within its power” to prevent the genocide of its embattled Rohingya minority Thursday, in a move hailed by human rights groups.

The Gambia, a small West African country, filed the lawsuit against Myanmar in November on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, a coalition of countries with significant Muslim populations, asking the ICJ to investigate whether Myanmar’s government has violated the Geneva Convention.

The Court also ruled that Myanmar must take measures to present the destruction of evidence and ensure that its military and any militia units do not commit any acts that serve as “direct and public incitement to genocide.” The Rohingya, a Muslim-majority ethnic minority, “remain extremely vulnerable” and were at “serious risk of genocide,” the ruling judges added.

The Gambian Ministry of Justice said in a statement that the ruling was a “major step towards holding Myanmar accountable for alleged acts of genocide.”

Myanmar must now submit a report showing they have complied with the order within four months, and will have to present further reports every six months after that.

Over 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since a campaign by the country’s military to push them out and raze their villages began in August 2017. Myanmar, previously called Burma, has denied any wrongdoing, saying that the campaign was against an Islamist extremist group.

The ruling follows a 2017 report by the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Myanmar found the treatment of the Rohingya appears to “bear the hallmarks of genocide.” A further U.N. fact-finding mission in 2018 said the human rights violations were “principally committed by the Myanmar security forces,” and recommended that they “should be investigated and prosecuted in an international criminal tribunal for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.”

Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar who was once hailed as a global icon when she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 and spent 15 years under house arrest, had appeared at the ICJ in The Hague to defend her regime against the accusations of genocide last month.

Writing in the Financial Times before the ruling Thursday morning, Suu Kyi said that war crimes “may have been committed” by members of the Myanmar Defence Services, but said that Rohingya refugees had provided “exaggerated information,” stopping short of saying that genocide had been committed.

Amnesty International said that the ruling sent a message to Myanmar that the “world will not tolerate their atrocities.”

The case represented a “victory” for the Rohingya, although it was limited in its scope, Laura Haigh, Amnesty International’s Myanmar researcher told ABC News. The ruling on “provisional measures” was a dispute between two states, and did not concern whether or not Myanmar breached its obligations as a state party to the U.N.’s genocide convention, she said.

“I think it absolutely is a victory for the Rohingya, and more broadly for justice and accountability in Myanmar,” Haigh said. “Importantly it’s going to put a lot of political pressure on Myanmar now. I think it’s going to be very hard for Myanmar to not engage in this process further.”

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French president loses his cool in argument with Israeli guards in Jerusalem

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AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images(PARIS) — French President Emmanuel Macron got into a testy exchange with Israeli security guards at the Church of Saint Anne in Jerusalem on Wednesday, accusing the guards of violating rules preventing them from entering what is considered French territory.

The Ottoman Empire gifted the church, built by French crusaders in the 12th century, to France in 1856.

“I don’t like what you did in front of me,” Macron shouted at police outside the church.

The special status dates back to France’s involvement in the Crimean War, which opposed the Ottoman Empire and the Russian Empire. At the end of the war, Abdülmecid I offered the Church of Saint Anne to Napoleon III to thank him for France’s engagement alongside the Ottomans.

“You do a good job in the city and I appreciate it, but please respect the rules established for centuries,” the president said. “They will not change with me, I can tell you.”

Late French President Jacques Chirac had a similar confrontation at the church during his visit in 1996, refusing to see armed men enter French territory and declining to enter Saint Anne until Israeli police left.

The trip is Macron’s first to Israel and the Palestinian territories as president of the French Republic, and is set to culminate in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on Thursday at the memorial of Yad Vashem.

Macron has planned several symbolic visits to reassure the Jewish community, while France experiences a resurgence of anti-Semitic acts. Police said anti-Semitic attacks rose by 74% in France in 2018, according to a Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights report.

Just over one-third of French people of Jewish faith or culture say they feel threatened every day because of their religious affiliation, according to an IfopOpinion study for FondaPol and AJC Paris. According to Ifop, 60% of Israelis are worried for the security of French Jews.

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French president loses his cool in argument with Israeli guards in Jerusalem

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AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images(PARIS) — French President Emmanuel Macron got into a testy exchange with Israeli security guards at the Church of Saint Anne in Jerusalem on Wednesday, accusing the guards of violating rules preventing them from entering what is considered French territory.

The Ottoman Empire gifted the church, built by French crusaders in the 12th century, to France in 1856.

“I don’t like what you did in front of me,” Macron shouted at police outside the church.

The special status dates back to France’s involvement in the Crimean War, which opposed the Ottoman Empire and the Russian Empire. At the end of the war, Abdülmecid I offered the Church of Saint Anne to Napoleon III to thank him for France’s engagement alongside the Ottomans.

“You do a good job in the city and I appreciate it, but please respect the rules established for centuries,” the president said. “They will not change with me, I can tell you.”

Late French President Jacques Chirac had a similar confrontation at the church during his visit in 1996, refusing to see armed men enter French territory and declining to enter Saint Anne until Israeli police left.

The trip is Macron’s first to Israel and the Palestinian territories as president of the French Republic, and is set to culminate in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on Thursday at the memorial of Yad Vashem.

Macron has planned several symbolic visits to reassure the Jewish community, while France experiences a resurgence of anti-Semitic acts. Police said anti-Semitic attacks rose by 74% in France in 2018, according to a Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights report.

Just over one-third of French people of Jewish faith or culture say they feel threatened every day because of their religious affiliation, according to an IfopOpinion study for FondaPol and AJC Paris. According to Ifop, 60% of Israelis are worried for the security of French Jews.

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