A special court in Senegal sentenced former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre to life in jail Monday for war crimes and crimes against humanity, an unprecedented conviction seen as a warning to repressive rulers worldwide. Habre was guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity, rape, forced sexual slavery and kidnapping, said the president of the court Gberdao Gustave Kam, sentencing him to life in jail. The case was heard by a special tribunal set up by the African Union under a deal with Senegal, and is the first time a country has prosecuted a former leader of another nation for rights abuses.
Ultra-nationalist Avigdor Lieberman was sworn in as Israel's new defence minister after winning support in the cabinet and in parliament on Monday, ending weeks of political intrigue and outrage. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet voted to expand his coalition and appoint Lieberman, before the 120-seat Knesset approved him by a vote of 55-43. Netanyahu -- who has been accused of forming the most rightwing government in Israeli history -- was forced to resolve a last-minute dispute with another party in his coalition to see the move through.