Dismissal bid

BUCHAREST – Romania’s Justice Minister called for the country’s chief anti-corruption prosecutor to be dismissed for “excess of authority”, triggering street protests and potentially destabilising a crackdown on graft. Tudorel Toader read a summary of a 20-point report arguing for Laura Codruta Kovesi’s dismissal that he compiled himself.

Sexual abuse

UNITED NATIONS – Forty allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse were made during the last three months of 2017 against United Nations peacekeeping missions, agencies, funds and programs and implementing partners. Of the 40 accusations, 15 were reported from peacekeeping operations, 17 came from UN agencies, funds and programs.

Liver disease

REUTERS HEALTH – Men who drink alcohol in late adolescence are more likely to develop severe liver disease decades later than young people who don’t drink at all, a Swedish study suggests. Researchers examined data on alcohol consumption for 43,296 men entering military service in 1969 and 1970 when they were 18 to 20 years old.

Activists’ rights

JUBA – Journalists and rights activists in South Sudan have been killed or arrested and newspapers closed, often by the government, hampering coverage of one of the world’s biggest humanitarian crises. A report stated that 102 journalists and rights activists had their right to free speech violated between July 2016 and December 2017.

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