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Justice for Afghanistan Victims At Last? Daily Brief

Plus: Famine fears in Yemen; victory for cancer patients in Armenia; 50 die in Nigeria bombing; cruelty of incendiary weapons; Zimbabwe unrest; China jails human rights lawyer; silencing Russia's climate campaigners; Mosul killings; child soldier row at US State Dept; & marriage discrimination.


  1. US armed forces and the CIA may have "committed war crimes by torturing detainees in Afghanistan", the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor said in a report published yesterday. Prosecutors said they will decide "imminently" whether to seek authorization to open a full-scale investigation in Afghanistan that could lead to war crimes charges.
  2. There are fresh fears of an imminent famine breaking out in Yemen if the Saudi-led coalition does not open up the country's ports to allow food, medicines and aid workers in to help ease the situation.
  3. Some 8,000 people die from cancer in Armenia every year – many of them in excruciating pain, due to the terrible bureaucracy around obtaining proper pain treatment. But that could be about to change, thanks to new government regulations.
  4. At least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Mubi, police say.
  5. Countries should respond to reports of new use of incendiary weapons in Syria by working to strengthen the international law governing these exceptionally cruel weapons.
  6. Zimbabwe's ruling party is to launch impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe today, in the latest bid to oust him from office after a military takeover last week.
  7. A prominent Chinese human rights lawyer has been jailed for "inciting subversion", just the latest move by Beijing to crack down on rights defenders and activists.
  8. Russia's "foreign agents” law, which entered into force five years ago today, has been used to silence some of the most effective environmental groups in the country.
  9. An "orgy of killing" took place in the Iraqi city of Mosul after it was liberated from ISIS control, reports suggest.
  10. About a dozen US State Department officials have formally accused Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign armies from enlisting child soldiers.
  11. And finally, despite the fact that more than two dozen countries have embraced marriage equality, the argument that religious objections should trump LGBT equality is gaining steam globally.