Michael Dunn only guilty of attempted murder in “loud-music killing” trial. Dunn was found guilty of attempting to murder three teens who allegedly played their music too loud, but the jury was unable to come to an agreement regarding the murder charge brought against him. Jordan Davis, who was killed after being shot with three of the 10 bullets Dunn fired, would have been 19 on Sunday.
Protestors leave Kiev city hall after almost three months. Demonstrators demanding the resignation of Pres. Yanukovich agreed to leave the building in exchange for the dropping of charges against activists. Opposition leaders reiterated their dedication to seeing Yanukovich resign, despite this agreement.
Protests rock Venezuela. Food shortages and corruption brought students into the streets, with protests becoming violent as pro- and anti-government demonstrators clashed. President Nicolas Maduro, who was elected following the death of Hugo Chavez, has pinned the unrest on the United States. Clashes have left four dead, and opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez turned himself in as an act of protest on Tuesday.
Boko Haram attacking villages in Nigeria. The Islamist group attacked two villages Sunday, targeting men and leaving over one hundred dead. According to survivors, armed men went from door to door looking for males hiding within homes. Boko Haram, an al-Qaeda affiliate, has been active in Nigeria for a number of years, carrying out terrorist attacks and clashing with the Nigerian military.
Greece to exit bailout agreement. The country has been in the news a great deal in the past few years due to extreme financial hardship, including extremely high unemployment. Now, with a $2.1 billion budget surplus, Greece is preparing to leave the aid agreement made with the EU and the IMF.
Talks between protest leaders and police fail in Thailand. Months of anti-government protests continue in Bangkok after the deterioration of negotiations between government and opposition leaders. Demonstrators are calling for the resignation of the government and the formation of a council to oversee elections. Clashes between police and protesters left four dead on Tuesday, with no end to the unrest in sight.
Three years later, Bahrain marks the Arab Spring. Activists called for three days of demonstrations to mark the third anniversary of anti-government protests in Bahrain, where a continued crackdown on dissent has held reform at bay. Clashes with police and the arrest of participants were reported.
No progress in Syrian peace talks. Negotiations between opposition leaders and the Assad government ended abruptly and with no sign of progress on Saturday. This was the second round of international talks aimed at bringing the three year conflict to an end. It was unclear whether negotiations would continue.
Talks resume between Iran and P5+1. Negotiations aimed at reaching a long-term agreement on Iran’s controversial nuclear program began in Vienna. A landmark deal reached in November was the first in ten years and was brought about in large part by direct high level contact between Tehran and the US, which had not occurred since the Islamic Revolution of 1979.