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April 24 (UPI) — France’s National Police said it arrested 143 people after protesters unhappy with the first round of the presidential election took to the streets, some damaging property. Hundreds participated Sunday night in “anti-fascist, anti-capitalist” protests in Paris opposing the final two candidates for the presidential runoff. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will face each other in the runoff election on May 7. Police said some protesters threw bottles at security forces, set cars on fire and broke store windows. Six police officers and three protesters were injured, France 24 reported. Police said they detained 29 people overnight. Macron, a former banker and centrist independent, is favored to win the runoff election over Le Pen, a far-right populist leader. France’s Interior Ministry said Macron secured 23.8 percent of votes compared to Le Pen’s 21.5 percent with 97 percent of votes counted. Turnout for the vote was nearly 79 percent.

April 24 (UPI) — A Philippine lawyer has filed a complaint before the International Criminal Court in The Hague accusing President Rodrigo Duterte and his allies of crimes against humanity. Jude Sabio, lawyer for confessed Davao Death Squad hitman Edgar Matobato, filed the complaint on Monday. Sabio asked the ICC to investigate Duterte for his alleged involvement in the actions of the Davao Death Squad. “Your favorable action on this matter would not only serve the noble ends of international criminal justice but would also be the beginning of the end of this dark, obscene, murderous and evil era in the Philippines,” Sabio told the court in his cover letter. Sabio accused Duterte of overseeing the killings of at least 1,400 people when Duterte was mayor of Davao City. The Davao Death Squad was first identified by Human Rights Watch in 2009. Duterte, 71, who served as the mayor of Davao City for 22 years, …

April 24 (UPI) — Thousands around the world on Monday marked the 102 anniversary of the 1915 Armenian genocide in Turkey’s Ottoman Empire with protest gatherings and marches. Rallies from Istanbul, Beirut and Paris to Ottawa and Los Angeles — home to one of the largest Armenian communities outside Armenia — demanded Turkish authorities stop their denial of the genocide. “Wherever there are Armenians, there will be this ceremony,” said Aram Karadaghlian, 31, one of the Beirut event’s organizers.”It’s a duty. They come show respect and appreciation.” Historians estimate 1.5 million Armenians were killed in massacres organized by the Ottoman Empire government of Young Turks during World War I. But Turkey has long denied genocide took place, arguing that the killings can’t be separated from the upheaval of World War I. “We’re going to stand together to voice our desire for justice,” Simon Izmirian, an executive member of the Armenian National Committee of Canada, said …

April 24 (UPI) — A major earthquake shook the west coast of central Chile on Monday, but no major damage was reported. The quake, off the resort city of Valparaiso, initially registered a magnitude of 7.1 revised down to 6.9, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. An order to evacuate coastal areas was rescinded after authorities ruled out the possibility of a tsunami. Chile, which lies on an arc of fault lines that circles the Pacific Basin, is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. In 2015, an 8.3 quake followed by a tsunami killed 15 people in the northern part of the country. In 2010, an 8.8 quake followed by a tsunami killed more than 500 people in the center and southern parts of the country.

April 24 (UPI) — Thousands around the world on Monday marked the 102 anniversary of the 1915 Armenian genocide in Turkey’s Ottoman Empire with protest gatherings and marches. Rallies from Istanbul, Beirut and Paris to Ottawa and Los Angeles — home to one of the largest Armenian communities outside Armenia — demanded Turkish authorities stop their denial of the genocide. “Wherever there are Armenians, there will be this ceremony,” said Aram Karadaghlian, 31, one of the Beirut event’s organizers.”It’s a duty. They come show respect and appreciation.” Historians estimate 1.5 million Armenians were killed in massacres organized by the Ottoman Empire government of Young Turks during World War I. But Turkey has long denied genocide took place, arguing that the killings can’t be separated from the upheaval of World War I. “We’re going to stand together to voice our desire for justice,” Simon Izmirian, an executive member of the Armenian National Committee of Canada, said …

April 24 (UPI) — International food aid to North Korean children may be suspended by October due to a lack of funds at the World Food Program, Voice of America reported. The U.N. agency has been curtailing food aid in recent months and in March already announced it could no longer provide nutritional bars to 190,000 North Korean children. On Monday, the WFP confirmed the shortage and added if funding deadlines are not met by the end of April, the agency has no choice but to suspend all food to children in the country. The U.N. agency has been meeting the needs of North Korean preschoolers with micronutrient-fortified biscuits, which satisfies two-thirds of the U.N. recommended daily amount. But the WFP’s funding crisis could place North Korean children, pregnant and breastfeeding women at risk of malnutrition, the organization said. Other groups, however, are undertaking relief projects in North Korea. The London-based NGO Save the Children …

April 24 (UPI) — The attorney general for Mexico’s Michoacán state said a shootout between rival drug cartels left nine civilians dead near in the Churumuco municipality. Authorities said the shootout occurred Saturday afternoon. Local media outlets presume the shootout involved the Jalisco New Generation Cartel and the New Familia Michoacana Cartel — both of which carry out illicit operations in the area. Police said eight bodies were found on a main road in the area of Poturo, which is populated by about 1,200 people, while authorities found another body off in a mountainous area. “Nine civilians lost their lives after confrontation by antagonistic groups … the victims were wounded by firearm projectiles,” the Michoacán prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Sunday. In early April, Mexican security forces captured Iván “El Terrible” Margarito Esquivel García, a leader of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

April 24 (UPI) — Afghanistan‘s defense minister and army chief of staff resigned Monday, days after a Taliban attack that left at least 136 Afghan soldiers dead, the Afghan president said. “Defense Minister Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim stepped down with immediate effect,” an announcement by President Asraf Ghani’s office said. The resignations came as U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Kabul for an unannounced visit, and after the Afghan legislature voted to summon Habibi for an explanation of Friday’s attack. A suicide attack in northern Balkh province on the base of the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan army was launched by at least 10 Taliban members dressed in Afghan military uniforms. The insurgents attacked as most of the Afghan troops were at noon prayers on Friday, opening the base to enter shooting. The majority of the Afghan soldiers were young recruits who struggled to determine fellow soldiers …

April 24 (UPI) — A nuclear-powered U.S. submarine is to arrive at the South Korean port city of Busan on Tuesday, the same day North Korea is expected to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army. The USS Michigan, the second Ohio-class nuclear-powered guided missile submarine in the U.S. Navy, is to make a visit to South Korea to send a strong message of warning to Pyongyang, South Korean newspaper Donga Ilbo reported Monday. The U.S. supercarrier Carl Vinson is also expected to arrive near the peninsula this week, a move that is being met with threats from North Korea. “Our revolutionary forces are combat-ready to sink a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier with a single strike,” the Rodong Sinmun stated in an editorial. A South Korean military official who spoke anonymously said the Michigan will receive a hull inspection upon arrival at Busan port, then leave for training exercises in …

April 24 (UPI) — Colombia’s National Liberation Army rebel group said hostage Voskanya Arcen Levoni, a Russian-Armenian wildlife trafficker, has escaped. The rebel group, also identified as the ELN, said it captured Arcen Levoni in November in the jungle region of the Choco Department while he was “collecting poisonous frogs to traffic them on the international market.” The ELN said that on Wednesday, its Cimarrón Guerrilla Front was transporting Arcen Levoni to an area to carry out a “safe release operation.” Arcen Levoni disarmed a militant and attacked the ELN unit, injuring five. Arcen Levoni escaped with injuries near the Alto Baudó municipality in Chocó. The ELN said it had been negotiating with Russia’s Embassy in Colombia to release Arcen Levoni. “We regret not having been able to successfully conclude the release of Voskanya Arcen Levoni, of Russian-Armenian nationality,” the ELN said in a statement Saturday. The ELN, like the FARC rebel group, began as …

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