Hello, I'm Debbie Russ with the BBC News. The former Bosnian serb military leader Ratko Mladic has begun his appeal against his conviction for genocide and crimes against humanity during the war when Yugoslavia disintegrated in the 1990s. The court will also hear an appeal by prosecutors against his acquittal on a further charge of genocide. Here is our Europe regional editor, Mike Sanders. Wearing a blue surgical mask, 78-year-old Ratko Mladic showed no signs of the two strokes and the heart attack he suffered since his arrest nine years ago. But his lawyer said the appeal should not go ahead until a medical team had reviewed Mr. Mladic's capacity to take part. He's advanced nine grounds of objection to his conviction for offenses, including the massacre of more than 7000 muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. The prosecution stands by the charges that sort of former UN Human Rights chief brand him the epitome of evil.
Republicans in the United States have warned replacing president Trump with the Democrat Joe Biden would ruin the economy and leave the country at the mercy of aggressive foreign powers. On the first day of the Republican Party's National Convention, delegates defended Mr. Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and rejected accusations he had inflamed racial divisions and lacked empathy.
A 2-day lockdown has begun in Gaza following the discovery of the first coronavirus cases outside the territory's quarantine centers. There are fears such an outbreak could be devastating in the impoverished and overcrowded territory. Yolande Knell reports. Police in Gaza moved quickly to clear people from the streets overnight and impose a 48-hour curfew. Schools, mosques, businesses and the beach are all being closed. Up to now, the relative isolation of Gaza, which is kept under blockade by Israel and Egypt, citing security concerns, and strict quarantine controls for those returning from outside meant the cases of the virus had not spread among the general public. Now, a woman who traveled to Jerusalem for medical treatment and four of her relatives from one of Gaza's densely populated refugee camps have tested positive.
Facebook has blocked access within Thailand to a group that discusses the monarchy. The firm says the government compelled it to take action. Criticism of the monarchy can lead to jail terms. Jonathan Head is in Bangkok. The exiled Thai academic, who set up royalist marketplace, which had around 1 million members, has accused Facebook of bowing to government pressure. However, a replacement page parodying the blocked one has already attracted 400000 members. At a time when there is unprecedented public questioning of the immense wealth and power of the monarchy, the government may find itself engaged in a frustrating game of digital Whac-A-Mole as it tries to police social media comment on the issue, and risks drawing more attention to the dissident views being expressed. World news from the BBC.