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The International Criminal Court in The Hague will allow an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan to go forward. The case implicates the Taliban, the US, and Afghan armed fighters. Afghanistan, where the alleged crimes took place, is a signatory to the international court — the US is not, and rejects the ICC's jurisdiction.
The prosecutor, whose US visa was revoked last year after signaling she intended to pursue the case, has said information shows US forces had “committed acts of torture, cruel treatment, outrages upon personal dignity, rape and sexual violence” in Afghanistan.
The ICC's decision to continue the investigation comes less than a week after the US and the Taliban signed a peace agreement to work torward the end of the 18-year war.
Putin and Erdoğan head to talks over Syria
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are meeting in Moscow to discuss a possible ceasefire in Syria. Last week more than 30 Turkish soldiers were killed, prompting a counteroffensive from Turkey against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces, which are backed by Russia. The increased fighting has worsened an already horrendous humanitiarian situtation, and Turkey has allowed refugees and asylum-seekers to make their way to Europe — a move that runs counter to a 2016 agreement with the EU.
Governments, businesses take measures to halt spread of COVID-19
California has declared a state of emergency over COVID-19 and South Africa has announced its first case of the novel coronavirus. Iran is upping measures against the spread of the disease, including school closures and checkpoints between cities.
In North America, Starbucks has suspended the use of personal and "for here" cups to minimize the potential spread of germs. A recent analysis suggests that some coronaviruses can live on surfaces up to nine days, though the report did not include data from the novel virus that causes COVID-19.
Super Tuesday voters abroad and at home
As far as polling places go, Mike’s Place is pretty hip. It’s an American-style sports bar that overlooks the beach in Tel Aviv, Israel. Budweiser, burgers and hot wings are all on the menu. But on Super Tuesday, people came for a slice of American democracy.
Democrats Abroad Israel ran an event at the bar where American citizens could cast ballots in the 2020 primary.
But in the US, some voters waited hours and hours to cast their ballots — a reminder of the barriers many Americans encounter trying to participate in US elections.
Women's shelters in Mexico struggle to survive amid rise in femicides
At first glance, the 25-year-old woman pushing her son on the swings and cradling her baby looked like a typical mother in Mexico City. But instead of taking her children to the neighborhood playground, she watched over them in the yard of a shelter for women fleeing violence. That’s where they’d been living — or rather, hiding — for the past few days.
"I was always the one at fault, no matter what he did," she said.
The "he" in question was her husband. She might have stayed with him had it not been for the murder of another woman, Ingrid Escamilla, exactly her age.
In Mexico, Escamilla’s killing — followed days later by the kidnapping, rape and murder of a 7-year-girl outside her school — has sparked outrage and calls for strikes to protest violence against women. The issue has led the news in Mexico for weeks.
On March 8, International Women’s Day, marches are expected to take place around the country. The following day, March 9, feminist organizations are organizing a "day without women" — urging women not to appear in public to protest gender-based violence.
But we've got to hand it to the creators of this #HandWashingDance from Vietnam.
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