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Former leader of Khmer Rouge who was convicted of crimes against humanity transferred to Cambodian prison

Former leader of Khmer Rouge who was convicted of crimes against humanity transferred to Cambodian prison

Khieu Samphan, who was convicted by a U.N.-backed tribunal of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for his role as a leader of the communist Khmer Rouge when they ruled Cambodia in 1975-1979, has been transferred from the tribunal’s jail to serve his life sentence at a state prison.The tribunal, called the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, said in a statement Wednesday that Khieu Samphan was moved on Monday from its custom-built detention facility to serve the remainder of his sentence in the provincial prison in Kandal, which adjoins the capital, Phnom Penh.Khieu Samphan, 91, is the last surviving top leader of the Khmer Rouge, whose radical policies are blamed for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people when they held power.THE LATEST: LAST KHMER ROUGE LEADERS GET LIFE SENTENCESHis transfer came as the tribunal winds down its activities after its last court session in September, when it rejected Khieu Samphan’s final appeal. The tribunal, whose work was carried out by joint teams of Cambodian and international jurists, spent $337 million and 16 years to obtain three convictions.Since Dec. 26, it has handed over its complex of buildings, including the detention facility, to Cambodia’s Defense Ministry, the original owners of the site, said tribunal spokesperson Neth Pheaktra. The tribunal will continue working for three years after the trials’ end on archiving documents and public education, with its remaining staff moved to a new building in the center of the capital.
Khieu Samphan, a former leader of Khmer Rouge, sits in a court during a hearing in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Nov. 16, 2018. Samphan has been transferred from the tribunal’s jail to serve his life sentence at a Cambodian state prison. 
( Mark Peters/Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia via AP, File)TRIBUNAL TO DECIDE GENOCIDE, OTHER VERDICTS OVER KHMER ROUGEKhieu Samphan was the Khmer Rouge’s nominal head of state, but at his trial he denied having real decision-making power when the group carried out a reign of terror to try to establish a utopian agrarian society, but instead caused widespread deaths from execution, starvation and inadequate medical care. The Khmer Rouge were ousted from power in 1979 by an invasion by neighboring Communist Vietnam.Khieu Samphan was convicted in 2018 and sentenced to life in prison. He was already serving another life sentence following his 2014 conviction for crimes against humanity connected with forced transfers and disappearances of masses of people.The Khmer Rouge’s real chief, Pol Pot, escaped justice. He died in a jungle in 1998 at age 72 while the remnants of his movement were fighting their last battles in the guerrilla war they launched after losing power.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBe Tealeng, deputy director-general of the Interior Ministry’s Prison Department, confirmed that Khieu Samphan is now detained at Kandal provincial prison and is being held in a cell separate from other prisoners for the sake of his security and health.Khieu Ratana, Khieu Samphan’s daughter, said her father, who was visited by his family on Tuesday, was in good health and had no complaints about his transfer. Kandal prison is roughly the same traveling time from central Phnom Penh as the tribunal’s facilities were. 

Russia-Ukraine war: Biden may meet with Zelenskyy in Poland later this month

Russia-Ukraine war: Biden may meet with Zelenskyy in Poland later this month

Upcoming trips to Poland slotted for President Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy could mean the pair will meet once again as soon as later this month. According to Polish news outlet Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, Zelenskyy plans to visit Poland by the end of the month to present a 10-step peace plan and propose and international conference to address the war in Ukraine. President Biden said Monday that he does intend to visit Poland, though he said he did not know when that would be in response to reports that suggested his trip would coincide with the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion.
President Joe Biden and President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy meet at the White House in Washington D.C.
(Ukrainian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)BORIS JOHNSON: THE WEST MUST GIVE UKRAINE ALL THEY NEED ‘AS FAST AS POSSIBLE’Biden first traveled to Poland one month into the war, when he met with Polish officials and Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war-torn nation. Biden infamously referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “butcher” after meeting with Ukrainian mothers and children outside of Warsaw, roughly 170 miles from the shared northern Ukrainian border. One month into the war, the U.N. had assessed that 3.7 million people had fled Ukraine to neighboring nations with Poland having received the vast majority with 2.2 million refugees. The number of Ukrainian refuges spread across Europe has since climbed to 8 million with nearly 6 million internally displaced inside Ukraine. 
President Biden meets with Ukrainian refugees and humanitarian aid workers during a visit to PGE Narodowy Stadium, Saturday, March 26, 2022, in Warsaw, Poland.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)RUSSIA NOT COMPLYING WITH NUCLEAR ARMS TREATY, STATE DEPARTMENT WARNS CONGRESSDefense officials have been sounding the alarm that Russia is expected to launch a major offensive in Ukraine ahead of the one-year anniversary as it looks to turn the tide in the war. Russia has seen little gains for months after losing significant territory with the liberation of Kharkiv in September followed by Russia’s withdrawal from the city of Kherson in November. Moscow has continued to bombard Kyiv through shelling campaigns, and brutal fighting has continued despite winter conditions in Ukraine’s Donbas region. Kherson also continues to be pummeled by Russian forces despite their withdrawal to the eastern side of the Dnieper River, which U.K. authorities claimed on Wednesday, is part of Russia’s plan to deter a counter-offensive across the river. 
A Ukrainian serviceman patrols area near the Antonovsky Bridge which was destroyed by Russian forces after withdrawing from Kherson, Ukraine. The Biden administration announced Friday another $275 million in military aid to Ukraine. 
(AP)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWestern nations have ramped up arms and equipment supplies to Ukraine as the offensive looms, and Ukraine has said it is ready to launch its own defensive campaign.Specific details on strategic plans to gain ground by either Russia or Ukraine remains unknown.

Resolution introduced to relist Nigeria as a 'country of particular concern' for Christian persecution

Resolution introduced to relist Nigeria as a 'country of particular concern' for Christian persecution

Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., introduced a bipartisan resolution to add Nigeria to the State Department’s annual list of countries that violate religious freedom on Tuesday.The resolution comes as Secretary Antony Blinken omitted Nigeria as a “country of particular concern” (CPC) in the State Department’s 2021 and 2022 International Religious Freedom Reports.According to the Pew Research Center, Nigeria has the largest Christian population of any country in Africa, with over 80 million believers. 
Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama speaks during a meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Abuja, Nigeria, on Nov. 18, 2021.
(Andrew Harnik/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)Christians in Nigeria face threats of murder, physical injury, abduction and sexual violence from militant groups such as Boko Haram.The co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission said in a press release that “the Biden administration’s totally unjustified decision to retreat from the noble and necessary fight to protect victims of religious persecution puts even more people in jeopardy.”RELIGIOUS FREEDOM SUMMIT BRINGS TOGETHER POLITICIANS FROM BOTH SIDES OF AISLE FOR GLOBAL EVENTDavid Curry, president and CEO of Global Christian Relief, spoke at the International Religious Freedom Summit on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., and said Nigeria should still be a country of particular concern.Since 2013 the Nigerian military has run a secret mass abortion program in the war against Boko Haram. A recent Reuters investigation revealed at least 10,000 pregnancies among women and girls ended after many had been kidnapped and raped.”The army forced abortions on at least 10,000 women without their consent or consideration of their religious views after they had been kidnapped and raped by Boko Haram terrorists. Yet, rather than be intimidated into silence, 33 of these women spoke openly to journalists about these unspeakable, grotesque violations of their bodily autonomy and created international awareness of the situation,” he said.NIGERIAN HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICIALS TO INVESTIGATE REPORT THE MILITARY FORCED ABORTIONS ON THOUSANDS OF WOMENFormer Rep. Frank Wolf, R- Va., says still no action has been taken to help Christians in Nigeria. He mentioned the “Bring Back Our Girls” movement, which was an effort to find the mostly Christian female students aged from 16 to 18 who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power stands between Aisha Yesufu, left, and Bring Back Our Girls co-founder Obiageli Ezekwesili during a vigil in Abuja, Nigeria, April 21, 2016.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)”Does anyone remember hashtag BringBackOurGirls? Well, whatever happened, we’re all those guys who went on television and [posted] the hashtag… 50% of the girls did not return. I met with some of the Chibok parents. They wonder what in the name is the world doing,” he stated.The World Index of Christian Persecution cites Nigeria as the first in terms of violence against Christians, stating 89% of Christians killed throughout the world are located in the country. The report also states 7,600 Nigerian Christians were reportedly murdered between January 2021 and June 2022.NIGERIAN CHURCH ATTACK CASUALTIES REVISED DOWN TO 22 KILLED, 50 INJUREDA State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital, “The secretary determined that the status of religious freedom in Nigeria did not meet the legal threshold to justify Nigeria’s designation as a Country of Particular Concern or their inclusion on the Special Watch List. We continue to have concerns about religious freedom in Nigeria, which are well documented in the annual IRF Report, and we will continue to press the government to address these.””The State Department has redesignated Boko Haram and ISIS-WA as Entities of Particular Concern for religious freedom. It has also designated these entities Foreign Terrorist Organizations and Specially Designated Global Terrorists,” the spokesperson added. Nigeria has denied it persecutes Christians. According to media reports last year, Nigeria’s minister for information and culture said it was not true that his country persecuted anyone due to their religious faith. A request for comment was sent to Nigeria’s foreign ministry.

'Warning sign': Iran's military reportedly sending warships to Brazil, Panama Canal in challenge to US

'Warning sign': Iran's military reportedly sending warships to Brazil, Panama Canal in challenge to US

The United States is tracking warlike announcements by Iran’s regime that it deployed two military ships to Brazil that are also headed for the Panama Canal, where Tehran declared it will establish a military presence. A U.S. State Department spokesperson told Fox News Digital on Tuesday, “We are aware of these claims by Iran’s navy. We continue to monitor Iran’s attempts to have a military presence in the Western Hemisphere.”The Iranian regime-controlled news outlet Tehran Times reported Saturday that “Iran’s 86th flotilla warships is now sailing along the western shores of Latin America, the Navy second-in-command said.”Fox News Digital learned on Tuesday from a Western security source that Iranian warships have not yet docked in Brazil.Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told Fox News Digital in a statement that “Iran’s growing presence in the Western Hemisphere should come as no surprise as the Biden Administration has a history of appeasement and engaging with authoritarian regimes. Tehran’s ability to expand its military presence in our hemisphere should be a warning sign, especially as it seeks to support the left-wing Marxist regimes that will undermine peace and stability throughout the region.”
The Iranian navy vessel Makran and another ship are reportedly on their way to dock in Rio de Janeiro.
(Royal Danish Air Force / AP)IRAN HOLDS TOP MILITARY DRILLS IN MAJOR OIL WATERWAY IN ‘WAR BEFORE THE WAR’ Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., told Fox News Digital, “Iran has been aggressively strengthening its ties to the Western Hemisphere through like-minded socialist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba. They are also looking for opportunities elsewhere, and it’s no coincidence that Iranian ships are docking in Brazil just a month after a socialist retook power in the country.”She added, “Instead of supporting the Iran-friendly socialist and left-wing regimes in Latin America, the Biden administration should be strengthening political forces committed to keeping our hemisphere free of antisemitic terror.”Iran’s regime has been classified by successive administration’s as the world’s worst state-sponsor of international terrorism.In early January, the commander of the Islamic Republic’s navy, Rear Adm. Shahram Irani, told the Iranian regime-controlled Fars News, “We have been present in all the strategic straits of the world, and we have not been present in only two straits — in one of which we will be present this year, and we are planning to be present in the Panama Canal.”WHITE HOUSE ACCUSES IRAN OF GIFTING ‘SEVERAL HUNDRED’ DRONES TO RUSSIA 
An Iranian navy official told regime media that Tehran plans on being “present” in the Panama Canal, above, this year. (Reuters / Carlos Jasso / File)

Dozens of Chinese military planes, vessels detected in Taiwan waters and airspace

Dozens of Chinese military planes, vessels detected in Taiwan waters and airspace

The Chinese military had one of its largest incursions around Taiwan in recent weeks Wednesday, according to defense officials. The Ministry of National Defense in Taiwan said 34 Chinese military aircraft and nine naval vessels were detected near the island nation around 3 a.m.”Armed Forces have monitored the situation and tasked CAP aircraft, Navy vessels, and land-based missile systems to respond these activities,” the ministry tweeted. WHITE HOUSE HOPEFUL WAR WITH CHINA OVER TAIWAN ‘NEVER COMES TO PASS’: REPORTTwenty of the detected aircraft had crossed “the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entered Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ (Air Defense Identification Zone).”The incursions by the Chinese military are almost a daily occurrence. Beijing has continued to fly military planes near Taiwan in an effort to re-enforce its stance that the island is part of China. 
Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan island, one of mainland China’s closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province on August 4, 2022, ahead of massive military drills off Taiwan. 
(HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPAt the end of December, China sent a record 71 planes and seven ships toward Taiwan — the largest such scale military exercise in 2022.Fox News’ Greg Wehner contributed to this report. 

Pakistan boating accident death toll reaches 51

Pakistan boating accident death toll reaches 51

The death toll from a boating accident in a lake in northwest Pakistan over the weekend reached 51, the military said Tuesday. The wooden boat was carrying children and teachers from a seminary on a picnic.Police on Sunday said at least 10 students drowned after the large wooden boat they were in capsized in Tanda Dam in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. They said at the time that the vessel was carrying 25 people.Later, however, officials said the boat was overcrowded and in fact was carrying 57 people, mostly children, and at least 51 had died. Qismat Khan, area police chief for the district of Kohat, said authorities have handed over the victims’ bodies for burial but police were still investigating.The military said in a statement that divers from the army and local emergency service rescued five survivors. It said the search for the remaining person was continuing.PAKISTAN VAN ACCIDENT KILLS 20 AS RECORD-BREAKING FLOODS SURGE IN THE CITY
The death toll in the Pakistan boating accident has risen to 51. Casualties from the indecent could have been avoided if the students were wearing life jackets. 
(Fox News)CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPKhan said the casualties might have been avoided if the owner of the boat, who also died in the incident, had provided life jackets to the picnic goers. Khan said divers from the army and local emergency service searched for missing boaters since the accident Sunday.Hundreds of relatives and family members of the missing children and their teachers waited near the lake for news.”Whenever divers returned with the bodies, we heard cries from the relatives of these children,” he said. Footage and photos provided by the military showed divers in boats returning with at least three children who were rescued and later transported to a nearby hospital. They were among the five survivors and were listed in stable condition.The body of the owner of the boat, Sajid Din, was found Tuesday.Such accidents are common in Pakistan, where rickety wooden boats are often used to transport goods and people on rivers and lakes. Most operate without life jackets.

Iranian couple faces 10-year jail sentence for dancing in the streets

Iranian couple faces 10-year jail sentence for dancing in the streets

Iranian authorities reportedly handed down a 10-year jail sentence to a couple who were recorded dancing in the street.Astiyazh Haqiqi, 21, and her fiance Amir Mohammad Ahmadi, 22, posted a video of themselves dancing together in public in front of the Azadi Tower in Tehran – also known as the “Freedom Tower.”The court convicted them on charges of “encouraging corruption and public prostitution,” as well as “colluding against national security and propaganda against the establishment,” the BBC reported.Police also raided Haqiqi’s family home before her arrest.BIDEN URGED TO TAKE CLEAR STAND ON IRAN BY ACTIVIST TARGETED IN ALLEGED ASSASSINATION PLOTIt’s unclear whether the 10-year sentence applies to each of them or is a combined sentence. They were also handed a two-year social media ban and must leave the country, The Guardian reported.
Women protest the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained by the morality police, in Tehran, Oct. 1, 2022.
(AP Photo/Middle East Images)The U.S.-based Human Rights Activists News Agency cited sources close to the family in reporting that the couple did not have lawyers during the court proceedings and couldn’t put up bail.The couple is just two of some 14,000 people arrested over the past few months as the Iranian government continues to crack down on anyone deemed to have a connection to protests over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died while in the custody of Iran’s morality police.IRANIAN JOURNALIST DEMANDS MEETING WITH BIDEN AFTER DOJ ARRESTS MEN IN ASSASSINATION PLOT AGAINST HERThe protests have since spread to over 140 cities and towns across the country in protests that mark one of the biggest challenges to Iran’s theocracy since the 1979 revolution. Security forces have used live ammunition, bird shot, tear gas and batons to disperse protesters, according to rights groups.
A couple in Iran openly defies several state laws, including the requirement for women to wear headscarves and potentially a ban on unwed couples kissing in public, in a unique act of defiance against the regime.
(The Foreign Desk)Celebrities, journalists and professional athletes are among those imprisoned due to the protests. Another couple posted a video that went viral during the protests for kissing in the streets – defying the country’s hijab (headscarf) law, which had also prompted morality police to arrest Amini, and laws against public affection for unmarried couples in Iran. IRAN SUFFERS DRONE STRIKE DAYS AFTER US AND ISRAEL LAUNCHED JOINT MILITARY DRILL IN THE REGIONThe Iranian government has executed four people as the protests continue nationwide, with two executed in the first weeks of the New Year who were accused of killing a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s volunteer force.”The revolution in Iran has already taken place,” Lisa Daftari, a Middle East expert and editor-in-chief of The Foreign Desk, told Fox News Digital. “When a couple feels comfortable enough to dance openly with the opposite gender, unmarried, without her headscarf and to post that product of their joy and bravery online demonstrates how far this movement has come already.”
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks with Gen. Ahmad Reza Radan in Iran on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023.
(Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)”The fact that the regime tries to stop any celebration of life or any symbolism of freedom is indicative of not only how repressive the mullahs have been for 44 years but also how apprehensive they are that this current movement will weaken their resolve,” Daftari added. “They are making examples out of anyone willing to show their bravery by kissing, dancing, singing or rapping. The regime is doing anything in its power to silence dissidents and to take back the narrative.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPActivists say at least 16 people have been sentenced to death in closed-door hearings over charges linked to the protests. Death sentences in Iran are typically carried out by hanging.At least 517 protesters have been killed and over 19,200 people have been arrested, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran, a group that has closely monitored the unrest. Iranian authorities have not provided an official count of those killed or detained.The Associated Press contributed to the report.