Saturday, Feb 24 2018 | Time 13:45 Hrs(IST)
image
image image
  • PM Modi to visit Puducherry tomorrow
  • Germany issues travel advisory after WO-18 hockey win
  • Pakistan land of saints, not terrorists: PM Abbasi
  • CFI announces Indian cycling team for Commonwealth Games 2018
  • Pak to go on FATF Greylist in June
  • Rajnath Singh to participate in Mahamasthakabhisheka tomorrow
  • Time is money, says EC prez on EU budget
  • Despite rain, Kashmir highway through for one-way traffic
  • Polling begins on a peaceful note for Bijepur Assy byelection
  • Sugar rates steady in Kolhapur market today
  • Airtel and Motorola partner to offer 4G smartphones starting at Rs 3999
  • Militants attack Afghan army post killing 18 soldiers
  • US imposes 'heaviest sanctions' on DPRK
  • Man stabbed to death, three injured
  • Sensex rises by 131 39 points on firm global cues
World Share

Colombia court approves peace tribunals ahead of congressional vote

BOGOTA, Nov 15 (Reuters) Colombia's constitutional court said in a ruling late on Tuesday that special justice tribunals outlined in a peace deal between the government and the Marxist FARC rebels are constitutional, ahead of a congressional vote on the subject.
The court upheld most of the provisions agreed in the 2016 peace accord for the special courts, which will mete out alternative sentences like landmine removal for ex-guerrilla leaders from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who are convicted of war crimes.
Congress is holding debates on a law which would approve the tribunals. The bill has been backed by committees in both the upper and lower houses and is expected to be put to floor votes this week.
President Juan Manuel Santos, speaking on television after the court's decision, urged congress to pass the law as quickly as possible.
Guerrilla leaders participating in politics as part of the FARC's new political party will still have to comply with sentences from the court, he said, while Colombians, many of whom despise the group, must accept that the deal allows them to run for office.
"Colombians, with our votes, will decide if we accept their ideas and proposals or if we reject them. Without a doubt it is better to have the FARC giving speeches than shooting bullets," Santos said.
The court made several modifications to the law, local media reported, opening the possibility that ex-rebels could be extradited for crimes committed after the peace process ends and that former guerrillas elected to public office could lose their seats if they fail to comply with the tribunal process.
REUTERS SV 1038
More News
Fresh threats loom over Rohingya children: UNICEF

Fresh threats loom over Rohingya children: UNICEF

24 Feb 2018 | 1:22 PM

United Nations, Feb 24 (UNI) Rohingya children are facing threats either from severe weather approaching Bangladesh where hundreds of thousands are sheltered in squalid, overcrowded refugee camps, or by ongoing violence in their Myanmar homeland, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has warned, calling urgently for scaled-up assistance ahead of the region’s storm season and to address the root causes of the crisis.

 Sharesee more..

Pakistan land of saints, not terrorists: PM Abbasi

24 Feb 2018 | 1:20 PM

Islamabad, Feb 24 (UNI) Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that Pakistan was the land of saints and not the terrorists, a Saturday report in the Dunya News said.

 Sharesee more..

Pak to go on FATF Greylist in June

24 Feb 2018 | 1:11 PM

Paris, Feb 24 (UNI) The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has decided to place Pakistan back on its terror financing watch-list on a list of countries that financially aid terrorism with effect from June this year even as Islamabad believed the decision was politically motivated that might affect its future cooperation, the media reports have said.

 Sharesee more..

Time is money, says EC prez on EU budget

24 Feb 2018 | 1:00 PM

Brussels, Feb 24 (UNI) On the European Union (EU) budget, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said that time was money -- underlining that delays in agreeing the EU budget would cost 5000 research jobs for every single month that we do not agree and up to 600,000 Erasmus places in 2021 alone.

 Sharesee more..

Stronger support urged for Syrians

24 Feb 2018 | 12:46 PM

United Nations, Feb 24 (UNI) Senior United Nations officials have called for greater support for Syrian refugees as well as the communities hosting them amid escalating violence in the war-torn country.

 Sharesee more..
image