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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Myanmar and Bangladesh reach deal to return some Rohingya refugees

  • Zimbabwe prepares to swear in new leader

  • Former Serb warlord Ratko Mladic found guilty of genocide

  • 2 more women accuse Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate touching

  • Rep. Joe Barton caught on tape threatening ex-lover with the police

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement on Thursday to allow an unspecified number of Rohingya Muslims, who fled across the border to escape violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, to return home. More than 620,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when an army crackdown started in response to attacks on a police post by Rohingya insurgents. Bangladesh said the first repatriations would start in two months. The news came a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson referred to the violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as "ethnic cleansing."

Source: The Associated Press, The Hill

Emmerson Mnangagwa, who served as Zimbabwe's vice president until ousted leader Robert Mugabe fired him on Nov. 6, will be sworn in as the new president on Friday, according to the speaker of the country's Parliament. Mnangagwa's firing had triggered the chain of events that led to Mugabe's forced resignation Tuesday. This will be country's first transfer of power since independence in 1980. In a welcome address to the public Wednesday, Mnangagwa said the military's intervention was the start of a "new democracy," one that required all Zimbabweans to work together to turn the country around. "We want to grow our economy, we want jobs, jobs, jobs," he said.

Source: Al Jazeera, The New York Times

An international tribunal at The Hague on Wednesday found Ratko Mladic, the former Serb warlord known as "the Butcher of Bosnia," guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity. Judge Alphons Orie read the verdict after a trial that lasted four years, saying Mladic's crimes while commanding forces that carried out some of the worst atrocities of the Balkan wars "rank among the most heinous known to humankind." Mladic, 74, had been too ill to attend the trial, and he was removed from the courtroom before the verdict was read after shouting insults at the judge. Nearly 600 witnesses testified during the trial, including people who had been held in concentration camps during a military campaign against Bosnian Muslims.

Source: The Washington Post

Two more women have said Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) groped their butts, The Huffington Post reported Wednesday. The report came days after radio host and model Leeann Tweeden said Franken kissed and groped her during a 2006 USA tour, and another woman, Lindsay Menz, said Franken squeezed her buttocks while they posed for a photo at the Minnesota State Fair in 2010. The two new accusers spoke on the condition of anonymity, and said they did not know about each other's stories. Franken told HuffPost: "It's difficult to respond to anonymous accusers, and I don’t remember those campaign events."

Source: The Huffington Post

In 2015, after a sexually explicit, mainly online relationship with a woman ended, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) threatened to report the woman to the Capitol Police, according to a recording obtained by The Washington Post. Barton had reportedly sent the woman sexually explicit photos, videos, and messages over the course of their relationship, which began on Facebook in 2011. "I am ready if I have to, I don't want to, but I should take all this crap to the Capitol Hill Police and have them launch an investigation," he said, according to the 2015 recording. On Wednesday, Barton apologized to his constituents after naked photos of him circulated on social media. In a statement Barton admitted he had sexual relationships "with other mature adult women" while separated from his second wife, before their divorce in 2015. The Capitol Police have, according to Barton, opened up an investigation to see if the congressman was the victim of "revenge porn" — posting explicit images online without consent, which is a misdemeanor offense in Texas.

Source: The Washington Post
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