Afghan President Hamid Karzai criticized NATO efforts to train and transfer power to Afghan forces after a series of attacks from Sunday, April 15, through the evening of Monday, April 16, left at least 50 dead across the nation, l’Express reported. TF1 and le Monde explored the political message being sent by the Taliban, which made it clear through the terrorist action that they could easily infiltrate Kabul after ten years of NATO and U.S. military action to remove the group from power.
Syrian opposition reported at least 55 deaths on Monday, April 16, as United Nations observers entered the nation to oversee the shaky ceasefire that had been brokered more than a week before, and le Point reported. On Saturday, April 14, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution to send 30 observers to the conflict-ridden nation with China and Russia voting in favor after months of resisting any resolution to address the violent repression of anti-government protestors, according to BBC and the New York Times.
After a North Korean attempt to launch a rocket intended to put a satellite into orbit failed on Friday, April 13, the United Nations vowed on Monday, April 16, to strengthen sanctions already put in effect in 2006 and 2009 to dissuade the reclusive nation from continuing its ballistic program, the New York Times and le Nouvel Observateur reported. Despite international outcry against the most recent efforts by North Korea to employ ballistic technology, a North Korean official announced on Monday that the nation would continue its efforts by pursuing the production of an even more powerful rocket, according to le Figaro.
Before the deadline on Monday, April 16, three frontrunners for Egypt’s presidential elections appealed a decision by the nation’s electoral commission on Friday, April 13, that included them in a list of ten candidates barred from participating in the nation’s first presidential elections since the ousting of Hosni Mubarak, the AP and le Nouvel Observateur reported. Khairat el-Shater of the Muslim Brotherhood, ultraconservative Hazem Salah Abu Ismail and Omar Suleiman, past vice president and intelligence chief to Mubarak , have all been controversial frontrunners in the elections set to determine a new president by June 1, according to Reuters.
As trial began for Anders Behring Breivik, charged with a shooting and bombing spree that left 77 dead in Norway on July 22, the 33-year-old claimed responsibility for the acts but pled not guilty, claiming he acted in self defense and denying the legitimacy of the Norwegian courts, which represent a political system that upholds the multiculturalism from which Breivik claimed to be protecting himself, le Nouvel Observateur and TIME reported.