News Roundup 26 December – 1 January

About the author(s):

Begümhan I. Simsir is a policy and research intern at the IFRC. She holds an LL.M. in IHL and human rights from the Geneva Academy. Her LL.M. thesis focused on the protection of wounded and sick hors de combat with a focus on mental health. She graduated from the Turkish German University Law School with a thesis focused on the protection of girl soldiers during and after armed conflicts. She has worked with various organizations, including Human Rights Measurement Initiative, Generation Human Rights, UNESCO, Airwars and the International Review of the Red Cross.

Colombia’s president announces cease-fire agreement with main armed groups

Jihadi violence takes root in Benin, its spread worries West Africa

Armed group ZUF signs to cease operation

Congolese rebel M23 group kidnaps suspected fighters in the east

Major junta offensive in northern Shan State fails to capture Kokang base

Libyan authorities find mass grave in ex-ISIL stronghold

Daesh claims attack on Egypt police that killed 4

DRC: M23 rebels threaten gorillas in Virunga National Park

Syria’s Kurdish-led forces ‘on alert’ for Daesh attacks

Hezbollah ‘supporter’ detained in probe of UN peacekeeping killing

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