As a ceasefire brokered between Syrian leaders and the United Nations was set to take effect on Tuesday, April 10, Syrian forces opened fire on anti-government protestors, killing at least 50, leading special envoy Kofi Annan to announce that any “signal of peace” was diminishing quickly, le Point and Ouest-France reported. Despite the continued violence and fading hope, Annan vowed that the possibility of peace was still alive. The United Nations has ruled out any possibility of military intervention, and called on Syrian leaders to respect the previously brokered ceasefire by Thursday, April 12, at the latest, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and le Nouvel Observateur.
The Constitutional Court of Mali announced on Tuesday, April 10, that the void left in the nation’s leadership after a coup last month could be filled by National Assembly President Dioncounda Traoré, who is set to be sworn in as interim president on Thursday, April 12, le Nouvel Observateur, the Guardian and la Croix reported. His government must face the challenge of insurrection by Tuareg rebels in the north, who declared independence for the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad last week, and have claimed several key cities. Captain Amadou Sanogo, who led the coup three weeks ago, has said that he will not allow the intervention of foreign troops in the North, as covered by BBC and NPR.
Two suicide bombings in the south and west of Afghanistan on Tuesday, April 10, left at least 15 dead, including a number of police officers, and 33 wounded, NPR and le Point reported. The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for both attacks on government institutions, as insurgents work to undermine the transfer of power from American and allied forces to Afghan security forces, according to CBS, la Croix and CNN.
As Egypt prepares for its first presidential elections since the ousting of leader Hosni Mubarak, the chief of the transitional Supreme Council declared on Monday, April 9, that the military currently in power in the nation would not present any candidates in the May elections, le Figaro reported. This assurance came as Omar Suleiman, former spy chief to the deposed Mubarak, entered the race, causing concern from opponents from the Muslim Brotherhood, according to CNN. As the elections are set to start in little more than a month, candidates from the Muslim brotherhood find themselves in the lead alongside figures from the repressive former regime of Mubarak, as covered by the LA Times and l’Express.
Court officials in Oslo, Norway, announced on Tuesday, April 10, that Anders Behring Breivik had been deemed sane, contradicting a previous psychiatric assessment, meaning that the man responsible for the killing spree that left 77 dead in July 2011 could face imprisonment instead of psychiatric treatment when he goes on trial next week, the LA Times, le Point and the AP.