BBC News with Fiona McDonald.
The United States has imposed sanctions on the Cuban Defense Minister and a Special Forces Unit in the Interior Ministry over their response to anti-government protests earlier this month. The move by the U.S. Treasury is the first step by the Biden Administration to try to apply pressure on the Cuban government over alleged human rights abuses during the protests. President Biden described the sanctions as just the beginning.
A senior rebel commander in Ethiopia has told BBC that Tigrayan forces have scored what he described as a major victory in the neighboring Afar region, although he didn't give further details. He also said that the rebels were fighting troops allied to the federal government in southern and western Tigray. The claims have not been verified.
Security officials in Mozambique say 30 Jihadists have been killed near Palma by Rwandan forces deployed to help contain Islamist insurgency. International troops are being sent to tranquil a 4-year insurgency in which thousands have been killed, many of them beheaded.
A Russian court has fined the social media giants Facebook and Twitter for failing to delete banned content when ordered to do so. Facebook was fined 81,000 dollars and Twitter 74,000.
The Upper House of the Czech parliament has approved the law allowing compensation for women who were forcibly sterilised. It's a practice that began in 1960s but continued even after the fall of communism. Several hundred women, most of them from the Roma minority, could be eligible.
A former UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay is to head an international inquiry into alleged crimes during the conflict in May between Israel and Hamas. The UN Human Rights commissioner had said at the time that Israeli strikes on Gaza might constitute war crimes and that Hamas violated international law by firing rockets into Israel.