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Artículo Wednesday briefing: 'Butcher of Bosnia' warlord Ratko Mladić convicted of genocide News


Wednesday briefing: 'Butcher of Bosnia' warlord Ratko Mladić convicted of genocide



More news from around the world including Zimbabwe's soon-to-be new president, David Cassidy's death, and pollution's adverse effects on sperm

Anna Freeman

22 Noviembre 2017 13:30

Bosnian justice - Ratko Mladić, the former commander of the Bosnian Serb army and one-time fugitive from international justice, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity by a UN tribunal at The Hague. More than 20 years after the Srebrenica massacre, the soldier nicknamed the ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ has been found guilty of multiple offences. Mladić reportedly shouted at the judge as he read his sentence out at court.

New era - Zimbabwe’s former vice-president will return to the country on Wednesday to be sworn in as president on Friday, the state broadcaster has reported. Emmerson Mnangagwa fled for his safety two weeks ago when he was sacked by Robert Mugabe, triggering a political crisis that culminated in the resignation of the 93-year-old autocrat on Tuesday.

Death of an idol - Teen idol David Cassidy, best known as Keith Partridge on the hit 1970s series The Partridge Family, has died at the age of 67 from organ failure. His death was confirmed by publicist Jo-Ann Geffen, who shared a statement from his family. ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy. David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years.’

Dog fight - Wu-Tang Clan producer and rapper RZA has sued a Brooklyn dog-walking company for breach of copyright, after they named themselves Woof-Tang Clan. Court papers stated that Wu-Tang Clan’s name and logo were ‘unmistakably associated’ with the group since their formation in Staten Island in 1993, and that Woof-Tang Clan’s attempt to trademark their name violates the music group’s trademarks.

Pollution’s high cost - High levels of air pollution are associated with poor sperm quality and could be partly responsible for the sharp drop in male fertility, according to a new study. The report, published in the journal Occupational & Environmental Medicine, said that although the effect is ‘relatively small in clinical terms’ it might still lead to infertility for a ‘significant number of couples’.

Data leak - Uber concealed a hack that affected 57 million customers and drivers, the company has confirmed. The 2016 breach was hidden by the ride-sharing firm which paid hackers $100,000 (£75,000) to delete the data. The company's former chief executive Travis Kalanick knew about the breach over a year ago, according to Bloomberg.