Plus: Three-year-old girl is the latest victim in Philippines "drug war"; the Afghan war’s terrible toll on children; Hungary renews its war on academic freedom; EU needs to up pressure on Nicaragua; reforms fall short in Malaysia; DR Congo's Bosco Ntaganda at the International Criminal Court; women fighting flooding crisis in US; and some good news for environmental activists in Kenya.
By sending asylum seekers to wait in Mexico during their US immigration court proceedings, US border officials are stranding mothers with small children and other vulnerable migrants in Mexican border cities where their safety and security are at risk.
Yesterday, a Taliban truck bomb apparently aimed at a Ministry of Defense facility in Kabul blew out the windows of a nearby school, injuring many civilians, including dozens of children. The attack is a grim reminder of the war in Afghanistan’s horrific toll on children.
Academic freedom in Hungary suffered a fresh blow today, when the parliament, where ruling party Fidesz has a two-thirds majority, adopted a controversial bill undermining the independence of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Next week, a panel of three judges of the International Criminal Court is due to deliver its verdict in the case against Bosco Ntaganda for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ituri, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2002 and 2003.