Grasswire Digest: March 11

A round-up of news from Grasswire and elsewhere.

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South Sudan

A young girl hangs the South Sudan flag. (Timothy McKulka/USAID/Public Domain)

The United Nations on Friday released a “searing” report on the human rights situation in South Sudan, documenting what the human rights office called a military-perpetrated “scorched earth policy” against civilians.

The report detailed shocking violence perpetrated against South Sudanese, including rape and sexual violence and “cases of civilians being burned alive and cut to pieces.” The report says many of the violations may amount to war crimes and/or crimes against humanity.


Lisbeth Zornig Andersen with a Syrian refugee family she drove to Copenhagen. Pic: Mikael Lindholm

A Danish children’s rights campaigner and her husband were both found guilty on Friday of people trafficking for driving a family of Syrian refugees to their Copenhagen home and then to the city’s railway station.


Opposition politicians release tear gas in parliament to obstruct a session in Pristina, Kosovo on Feb. 19. Agron Beqiri/Reuters

Kosovo’s government is to buy a new body scanner in an attempt to stop opposition members using tear gas in parliament.



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Thousands of documents containing details of Islamic State recruits have been obtained by Syrian news website Zaman al-Wasl, Sky News and German intelligence services.

Ireland’s new parliament met for the first time since the general election on Feb. 26 but failed to elect a new prime minister.

Puerto Rico’s Department of Justice charged a homeless man with the murder of an eight-year-old boy who was killed inside his own home six years ago.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says that the city will stop sending water bills to residents who have been receiving water that is tainted with lead.

Five people including a pregnant woman were killed and three others injured in a shooting on Wednesday night in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania.

North Korea fired two missiles into the Sea of Japan early Thursday morning, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

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