Former Syrian colonel convicted of crimes against humanity

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The defendant, Anwar Raslan, right, stands in the courtroom before the pronouncement of the verdict at the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. 

The defendant, Anwar Raslan, right, stands in the courtroom before the pronouncement of the verdict at the Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. 

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A German court has convicted former Syrian army colonel Anwar Raslan of crimes against humanity, handing him a life sentence. It’s the world’s first trial related to state-sponsored torture under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. And after a seven-month ban, Nigeria has restored access to Twitter, after the social networking giant agreed to a number of conditions that may permit tighter government control of social media. Plus, the lights went out in Argentina this week after a heat wave led to a higher demand for power, putting a strain on the electrical grid. The power outages led to protests in several Buenos Aires neighborhoods.