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CAMBODIA: Former Khmer Rouge regime member Ieng Thirith will be set free after a court ruled today that she was medically unfit to stand trial for genocide.
It said that the 80-year-old suffers from a degenerative illness that diminishes her mental capacity.
“There is no prospect that the accused can be tried,” the tribunal said.
Ieng Thirith was the Khmer Rouge minister for social affairs, the regime’s most senior woman and Pol Pot’s sister-in-law.
AUSTRALIA: A 23-year-old man was charged with terrorism offences today following raids on six Melbourne properties.
Police said firearms, computer equipment and a USB stick containing what they said were “violent extremist materials” were seized.
One of the properties raided was the al-Furqan Islamic Information Centre, which hosts an Islamic book store and library and offers youth activities.
PAKISTAN: Gunmen have killed seven road construction workers in the country’s south-west, a government official said today.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack that took place in the Mastung district near Quetta.
The area is home to both Islamist militants and separatists who want greater autonomy from the government and a larger share of the province’s natural resources.
TAJIKISTAN: The Asian Development Bank said today it will give £62 million to help improve its road links with neighbour Uzbekistan.
The dilapidated 70-mile Aini-Penjikent road forms part of a 6,200-mile road network connecting western Europe and Russia to the Middle East and south Asia.
The work will rebuild the road up to Uzbekistan’s border and is thought will strengthen regional co-operation and cut costs for freight.
US: An effort to posthumously restore citizenship of an Ohio car-factory worker who died while challenging his conviction of nazi war crimes was dismissed on Tuesday.
Ukrainian-born John Demjanjuk was convicted in Germany on 28,060 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he served as a guard at the Sobibor death camp in occupied Poland.
He denied serving as a guard in any camp and died in March aged 91 while appealing.
AMERICAN SAMOA: The governer has said that he wants to get rid of the death penalty.
Togiola Tulafono said on Tuesday there’s no way to humanely impose the death penalty and wants to make life in prison the only punishment for those convicted of first-degree murder.
The US territory hasn’t witnessed an execution in more than 50 years, when a man was hanged for killing another man with a machete.
KOREAN PENINSULA: North Korea rejected South Korea’s offer to send aid for flood victims today, with officials calling the amount and types of the goods an insult.
After Pyongyang asked what aid items the South could send, Seoul proposed providing 10,000 tons of flour, three million packages of noodles and medical supplies.
The North’s Red Cross Society characterised it as a “negligible quantity of goods.”
UAE: Three international banks that backed out of a $10 billion (£6.2bn) debt restructuring talks with a company controlled by Dubai’s ruler are pursuing action against the firm.
The banks said today that they preferred not to take their case against Dubai Group to court but felt they had with no alternative.
Dubai Group said it believes it can still reach an agreement with the banks.
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