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This Week In World: Iran, Georgia, and More

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Iran May Have Accidentally Shot Down US Drone

US President Donald Trump played down Iran’s recent downing of a US military drone. He said that he suspected that Iran shot it down by mistake. He also opined that it would have “made a big difference” if there had been a pilot. However, he warned that “this country will not stand for it”.

“I think probably Iran made a mistake – I would imagine it was a general or somebody that made a mistake in shooting that drone down,” Trump told reporters. “We had nobody in the drone. It would have made a big difference, let me tell you, it would have made a big, big difference.”

Georgia Protests Escalate Over Russian MP

Thousands of protesters rushed to Georgia’s parliament over Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov’s visit. They rushed into the streets, some carrying EU flags, while others held signs that called Russia an “occupier”. They also called for chairman Irakli Kobakhidze and other officials to resign. The nearly 10,000 protesters almost breached the police cordon.

However, reports say that the police were able to keep the protesters back. Back in 2008, tensions between Russia and Georgia flared up over border issues. The two countries kept debating over the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Serbia Sentences Ex-Soldiers For 1991 War Crimes

Serbia’s special war crime unit sentenced 8 former Yugoslav Army soldiers on Thursday. They sentenced the soldiers to 4 to 8 years for the killings of 28 Croatian civilians during the 1991-1995 war. The court’s ruling said that they found the soldiers guilty for the killings, as well as torturing and mistreating of the civilians in October of ’91. This occurred as the Yugoslav People’s Army attacked the Croatian village, Lovas.

Currently, the 8 defendants have the right to appeal. In addition, they will remain free until the process is exhausted. However, one of the soldiers, Zoran Kosijer, claims his innocence. “There were between 250 and 300 witnesses and none of them knew me … , there are no documents (saying) that I was present in the village of Lovas,” he said.

Chennai’s Water Shortage

Currently, India’s sixth largest city, Chennai, is experiencing a major water shortage. Earlier this week, the city’s four reservoirs ran dry. And even though there is still some water available, it is unknown how long it will last. Because of this, nearly 4 million citizens are relying heavily on government tankers.

Some citizens are attempting to get water from groundwells. However, the quality of that water is poor. As a result, many smaller restaurants closed, and hotels have begun rationing their water for guests. Some respite has come, however, as the citizens celebrated their first rain for nearly 190 days.

Britain Broke Law For Saudi Arms Exports

Britain recently broke international law for allowing arms exports to Saudi Arabia. The arms in question could have been deployed during the war with Yemen. As a result, an English court ruled that the weapons could have been used in violation of human rights statutes. Although the decision doesn’t prevent Britain from exporting arms to Saudi Arabia, it does prevent their biggest arms manufacturer from gaining new exporting licenses.

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