The Journal Gazette
Sunday, September 22, 2019 1:00 am


Neighbor labels Maduro criminal

Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia – Colombia's president compared Nicolás Maduro to Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic as he goes on a diplomatic offensive to corral the Venezuelan socialist, warning that he would be making a “stupid” mistake if he were to attack his U.S.-backed neighbor.

Ivan Duque spoke Saturday to The Associated Press before traveling to New York, where he is expected to condemn Maduro before the United Nations General Assembly as an abusive autocrat. Duque not only blames Maduro for the country's humanitarian catastrophe but says he is a threat to regional stability for his alleged harboring of Colombian rebels.

While Duque refused to rule out a military strike against the Marxist rebels he claims are hiding out across the border, he said any aggression by Venezuela's armed forces would immediately trigger a regional response that could include additional sanctions and diplomatic actions.

Suspect arrested in 1985 hijacking

Greek police said Saturday they have arrested a suspect in the 1985 hijacking of a flight from Athens that became a multi-day ordeal and included the slaying of an American.

Police said a 65-year-old suspect in the hijacking was arrested Thursday on the island of Mykonos in response to a warrant from Germany.

TWA Flight 847 was commandeered shortly after taking off from Athens on June 14, 1985. The hijackers beat, then shot and killed U.S. Navy diver Robert Stethem, 23. They released the other 146 passengers and crew members during an ordeal that included stops in Beirut and Algiers. The last hostage was freed after 17 days.

Doctor spearheads abuse reparations

A Nobel Peace Prize-winning surgeon has launched a fund with the goal of providing reparations for survivors of conflicts around the world.

Dr. Denis Mukwege said Saturday that he and his team at Panzi Hospital in Congo could physically and mentally help victims of rape and other abuse. But he says the only way to right the wrong that was done to them is through reparations.

He says legal action can be taken against an alleged perpetrator, but even when women win, “there is no reparation.” Mukwege says reparations can be individual or collective, symbolic or financial, depending on the case.

Hong Kong riots erupt in flames

Protesters in Hong Kong threw gasoline bombs and police fired tear gas Saturday in renewed clashes over anti-government grievances.

Reporters saw at least one person arrested after violence erupted following an afternoon march by several thousand people in Tuen Mun, a district in the northwest of the Chinese territory.

Hong Kong's weekend protest, in their fourth month, started with opposition to a proposed extradition law and have expanded to include demands for greater democracy.

Egypt cracks down on rare protests

Rare anti-government protests broke out in several Egyptian cities late Friday calling on President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to step down. The small street rallies were quickly dispersed by riot police with batons and tear gas. Dozens were arrested, including at least two journalists, according to the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights.

El-Sissi, a former army general, has overseen an unprecedented political crackdown, silencing critics and jailing thousands.

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