News That Matters

Tag: leader

Kim Jong Un hugs South Korean leader in Pyongyang

Kim Jong Un hugs South Korean leader in Pyongyang

World
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has welcomed South Korea's president Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang for their historic summit. The two leaders smiled and hugged each other as they met at Sunan International Airport, joined by their wives, at the start of the three-day visit.They were greeted by thousands of cheering North Koreans waving flowers, North Korean flags and a blue-and-white map symbolising a unified peninsula.Mr Moon is only the third South Korean leader to visit North Korea's capital for a meeting between the two countries since the end of the Second World War. Image: Thousands of people turned out to cheer Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in Image: This is the third summit between the two leaders ...
Rohingya crisis: Myanmar leader Suu Kyi 'should have resigned'

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar leader Suu Kyi 'should have resigned'

World
The outgoing UN human rights chief says Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned over the military's violent campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority last year.Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein told the BBC the Nobel Peace prize winner should have considered returning to house arrest rather than excusing the military.A new UN report says Myanmar's military should be investigated for genocide.Myanmar has rejected the report as one-sided.The army of the Buddhist-majority nation - which has been accused of systematic ethnic cleansing - has previously cleared itself of wrongdoing. The UN report, published on Monday, blamed Ms Suu Kyi, a long-term leader of the pro-democracy movement, for failing to prevent the violenc...
Judge frees Mexican labor leader Elba Gordillo, held for 5 years without trial

Judge frees Mexican labor leader Elba Gordillo, held for 5 years without trial

World
Aug. 9 (UPI) -- A Mexican federal court has freed former teachers union leader Elba Esther Gordillo of embezzlement charges that put her in prison for five years without a trial. Gordillo was arrested the day after an anti-union education reform law was signed in 2013, accused of organized crime and embezzling millions in union funds to pay for personal expenses. She denied the charges and said her arrest was politically motivated because of her opposition to the education reform, which she said was designed to disrupt the union's control of hiring and school administration. Gordillo, then the leader of the Mexican National Educational Workers Union, remained in prison for five years awaiting trial -- until the federal court ruled this week there are insufficient grounds to proceed in her...
Tour de France leader Thomas faces final challenge

Tour de France leader Thomas faces final challenge

Sports
Tour de France, stage 20Coverage: Live text commentary on the BBC Sport website from 13:00 BST. Updates on BBC Radio 5 live from 15:00 BSTBritain's Geraint Thomas can effectively secure victory in the 2018 Tour de France on Saturday.The Welshman goes into the penultimate stage, a 31km individual time trial, leading Dutchman Tom Dumoulin by two minutes and five seconds.Tour convention dictates that the wearer of the yellow jersey is never attacked on the race's final stage. So if Thomas is still leading after Saturday he will just have to cross the line in Paris on Sunday to win.The 32-year-old would be the third Briton to win the Tour de France, after fellow Team Sky riders Sir Bradley Wiggin...
ICC overturns war crimes conviction for ex-Congolese leader Bemba

ICC overturns war crimes conviction for ex-Congolese leader Bemba

World
June 8 (UPI) -- The International Criminal Court on Friday overturned the conviction of former Congolese leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, who had been sentenced to 18 years in prison for war crimes in the Central African Republic. Presiding Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert said Bemba cannot be held accountable for the actions of his rebels, who raped, pillaged and murdered in 2002 and 2003. He sent fighters from the Movement for the Liberation of Congo to CAR to suppress an attempted government coup. The ICC, headquartered in the Netherlands, in 2016 convicted Bemba for the war crimes after a six-year trial, saying he knew about the war crimes. But Van den Wyngaert said the 2016 panel "made serious errors" in considering whether Bemba took reasonable measures to prevent his subordinates from co...