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Opponents of the coup in Myanmar have defied the military and continued to demonstrate despite the increasing use of lethal force.
Also in the programme: how some European countries are giving up on EU procurement and looking to Russia and China for covid vaccines. And a new study reveals that almost all coronavirus deaths are in countries where half the population are obese.
(Photo: Protesters demand the release of detained leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Credit: Getty Images)
The ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said the probe would cover events in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip since June 2014. The ICC has the authority to prosecute those accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes on the territory of states party to the Rome Statute, its founding treaty. Israel has never ratified the Rome Statute, but the court ruled that it had jurisdiction because the United Nations secretary general accepted the Palestinians' accession to the treaty in 2015.
Also on the programme: Violence climbs to new levels in Myanmar, as demonstrators protest against the coup; and Germany's security agency designates the main opposition party as a suspected extremist organisation.
(Picture: Israeli soldiers shoot tear gas from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza border Credit: Reuters/Amir Cohen)
A high-level Chinese report, meant for senior officials but accidentally posted online, has revealed policies in the western region of Xinjiang that are designed to assimilate Muslim Uighurs and other minorities. The paper contains detailed research on a massive relocation scheme that China says will help reduce poverty.
Also in the programme: we hear from a young woman in Mandalay who sheltered friends escaping Myanmar's security forces; and German media are reporting that the country’s main opposition party, the Alternative fuer Deutschland, has been designated as a suspected right wing extremist organisation by the domestic intelligence agency.
(Photo: A 19 year-old woman appeared in a 2017 state media report on labour transfer. Credit: a still taken from Chinese state media footage)
Some of Myanmar’s neighbours pressed its ruling junta on Tuesday to release ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and cease using lethal force against opponents of their Feb. 1 coup.
Also on the programme: The US imposes sanctions on senior Russian officials over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny; and three Afghan women journalist are shot dead in a wave of targeted killings.
(Photo: People make the three-finger salute on a street during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, March 2, 2021. Credit: Reuters).
Hundreds of schoolgirls abducted by gunmen in Nigeria's north-western Zamfara state have been released. The girls were abducted last Friday and taken to a forest, according to police.
Also in the programme: Singapore's Prime Minister calls for Myanmar's military junta to release Aung San Suu Kyi; and the environmental price of mining Bitcoin.
Photo: Abducted Nigerian schools following their release. Credit: Reuters
The United States has urged Saudi Arabia to disband a rapid intervention force sanctioned over the murder of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. The State Department spokesman, Ned Price, said it wanted Saudi Arabia to adopt institutional reforms so anti- dissident activities and operations stopped completely.
Also, the former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is found guilty of corruption and given a prison sentence.
And how the war in Yemen has ripped apart schools, and how one nine year-old is trying to resist.
(Photo: Saudi crown prince. Credit: AFP)