International update: What's going on in the world?

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The Americas

Florida cities brace for civil unrest in light of the Zimmerman trial verdict 

Police and city leaders in Florida say they have taken precautionary steps for the possibility of mass protests or even civil unrest, which can be the potential responses if George Zimmerman is acquitted in the killing of unarmed African American teen Trayvon Martin.

Boston bombing suspect pleads not guilty
Photo courtesy of VOA/Wikimedia Commons.

Photo courtesy of VOA/Wikimedia Commons.

In his first court appearance, the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges, including 17 charges punishable by death.

 

Middle East

Massacre in Cairo deepens the Egyptian crisis

A deadly shooting at the site of a sit-in by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo, demanding the reinstatement of ousted President Morsi, has left at least 42 people dead and more than 300 injured. This latest violent outburst occurred this past Monday, raising further political tensions and further deepening the divide between pro-Morsi and anti-Morsi groups.

gavel2Morsi loyalists vow to keep up ‘peaceful’ protests

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood vowed to continue its resistance in defiance of the military’s ouster of the country’s Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. A Brotherhood statement on Thursday also hoped to clarify its lack of involvement in the recent assassination attempt on Wednesday against a senior army commander in the Sinai Peninsula, asserting that the group adheres to peaceful measures.

Egypt: The return of the King? 

 

Amnesty International accuses Israeli government of judicial bullying

Two female Palestinian activists have gone on trial in an Israeli military court over their involvement in weekly demonstrations against an Israeli settlement in the occupied West bank. Human rights groups and activists said on Tuesday that the prosecution of the two activists coincides with a rise in Israeli arrests of Palestinian protest organizers in recent weeks. Amnesty issued a written statement earlier that urged Israeli authorities to stop the “judicial bullying” of Palestinian activists.

Also emerging: Israel detains 5-year-old Palestinian boy

 

Radovan Karadzic. Photo courtesy of opendemocracy/Flickr.

Radovan Karadzic.
Photo courtesy of opendemocracy/Flickr.

Europe

UN judges reinstate second genocide charge against Radovan Karadzic

Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic, who allegedly masterminded the genocide of Bosnian Croats and Muslims during a 1992-1995 war that cost 100,00 lives, must stand trial on two counts of genocide, reinstating one count that had been previously struck down.

Ancient Jewish tombstones found in Vienna

Jewish leaders in the Austrian capital have announced the recovery of old Jewish tombstones that were hidden underground from the Nazis.

 

Asia

China revives plans for world’s longest sea tunnel

The Chinese government plans to invest 260 billion yuan ($42 billion) to revive plans for the world’s longest undersea tunnel across the Bohai Strait linking the country’s eastern and northeastern regions.

 

Africa

Photo courtesy of South Africa The Good News/Wikimedia Commons.

Photo courtesy of South Africa The Good News/Wikimedia Commons.

South African leader Nelson Mandela’s health in critical condition

Mandela was admitted to a hospital on June 8 for a lung infection. The South African government reported on Thursday that he was in critical but stable condition and responding to treatment.

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