Month in brief

Life for deaths

In a landmark ruling by an international tribunal, the last two surviving leaders of Cambodia’s ruthless Khmer Rouge regime have received life sentences for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Nuon Chea (92) and Khieu Samphan (87) are the onlysenior Khmer Rouge leaders to be brought to account by the UN-assisted court for a campaign of genocide against Cambodia’s Vietnamese and Cham minorities in the 1970s, during which an estimated 1.7 million people died.


Deadly blast in Kabul

At least 40 people were killed and 60 more wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a hall in the Afghan capital, Kabul. The attack happened as religious scholars met in the city’s Uranus hall in PD15 district to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.While no-one has claimed responsibility for the blast, Islamic State was behind deadly attacks in August and October. Ongoing violence by the Taliban is also putting pressure on security forces, although in November, Taliban militants attended an international meeting, hosted by Russia, to discuss ending the country’s conflict.


North Korean tests

The North Korean military’s test-firing of an ‘ultramodern tactical weapon’ in the presence of leader Kim Jong-un has highlighted Pyongyang’s apparent determination to stand up to Washington.North Korean state media reported that Kim ‘supervised’ a test of a weapon that is said to be ‘a decisive turn in the fighting capacity of the Korean People’s Army’, and believed by the South Korean government to be a long-range artillery piece.


Lost award for the Lady

Human rights group Amnesty International is stripping Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, of its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, in light of her failure to speak out for the country’s persecuted Rohingya minority. The revoking of the award – which the Nobel peace prize laureate received in 2009, when she was living under house arrest – is the latest in a string of accolades to be withdrawn as Suu Kyi continues to deny crimes against humanity have taken place against the Rohingya.


Marcos to appeal guilty verdict

The Philippines’ former first lady, Imelda Marcos, has been convicted on corruption charges. The country’s special anti-corruption Sandiganbayan court sentenced the 89-year-old congresswoman to serve 6 to 11 years in jail for each of the seven counts of violating an anti-corruption law when she illegally siphoned some $200 million to Swiss foundations in the 1970s as Metropolitan Manila governor. Human rights activists have welcomed the conviction as long overdue, though Marcos’ lawyers plan to appeal the decision.


Temple stand-off

Indian police arrested 68 people taking part in protests around Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple ahead of a Supreme Court ruling about whether it should be given more time to implement the decision to permit women to enter. The Hindu temple in the southern Indian state has become a combat zone between Hindu radicals and gender activists in the wake of the SC order to let women between the ages of 10 and 50 enter the temple, which flouts an age-old religious tradition.


A widow’s wedding

An Indonesian woman whose fiancé was killed in the Oct. 29 Lion Air plane crash near Jakarta has gone ahead with their wedding alone. Intan Syari and her late boyfriend Rio Nanda Pratama planned to marry on November 11 but Rio was among the 189 on board Lion Air Flight JT610 when it crashed soon after take-off, with no survivors. Before leaving, Rio had joked that if he wasn’t back by November 11, Intan should have the wedding anyway. She did, wearing the dress he chose for her.


The long wait

A loyal dog whose owner died in a car accident on a busy road in the Inner Mongolian city of Hohhot has been waiting for her at the scene for almost three months. Video clips of the dog have attracted the attention of over a million netizens on Chinese social media platform Weibo, and locals have left food for the animal. A local charity is trying to find it a new home as winter looms.

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