The world this week -- Politics
Russia conducted an anti-satellite missile test that blew up one of its own satellites.
The debris it created forced the crew of the International Space Station to take refuge in safety capsules.
Worldwide condemnation followed.
At least 2,000 migrants remained trapped at the Belarus-Poland border.
EU countries have managed, however, to persuade several airlines to stop ferrying people from the Middle East to Belarus, where they have been lured by the Belarusian dictator’s false promise that they will be given refuge in the West.
After a lengthy investigation, the Manhattan district attorney’s office moved to exonerate two of the men convicted of assassinating Malcolm X in 1965.
The DA found that prosecutors, the FBI and the police withheld evidence that would have acquitted the two men, who were released in the 1980s (one has since died).
A third man confessed to the murder and spent 45 years in prison.
An American journalist was released from jail in Myanmar on “humanitarian grounds”, a few days after he had been sentenced to 11 years for unlawful association and other charges.
Danny Fenster is one of the lucky ones.
Dozens of Burmese journalists have been detained since the military coup in February.
November 30th was set as the date for the verdict in the closed-door trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s deposed leader, on a range of charges including corruption and breaking secrecy laws.
The ruling junta has also laid new charges against Ms Suu Kyi of fraud in last year’s general election, which her party won.
Sara Duterte, the daughter of the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, announced her candidacy for vice-president, disappointing her father who had hoped she would run to be his successor.
In the election, due in May, she will be allied with Ferdinand Marcos junior, the son of a former dictator, who is running for president (the vice-president is elected separately).
The late Marcos senior was overthrown in 1986 amid huge “People Power” protests.
Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, a son of the Libyan dictator who was toppled and killed in 2011, registered as a candidate for next month’s presidential election.
He is wanted on charges of war crimes by the International Criminal Court.
A government panel found that the Nigerian army shot dead at least 11 peaceful protesters in Lagos last year.
The victims were taking part in a rally against police brutality.
The finding contradicts the government’s claim that no massacre occurred.
At least 53 people were killed when jihadists attacked a security post in Burkina Faso.
On the other side of Africa four people were killed and many more wounded by two suicide-bombings in Kampala, the capital of Uganda; an affiliate of Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack.
Cuba’s government arrested and threatened dissidents ahead of a planned nationwide “civic march for change” in the communist state, thereby suppressing the protest.
Dissidents had hoped to match big demonstrations in July.
Hundreds were arrested then.