Daily World News Digest, 28 April 2015

Nepal Earthquake: Facebook ‘Safety Check’ Helps Families Locate Loved Ones

NBC News reported on 27 April that as Nepal grapples with the aftermath of a devastating earthquake, a recently introduced application on Facebook may be helping some families and acquaintances breathe a sigh of relief. The social network’s Safety Check, which it rolled out last year, asks users in an area affected by disaster or tragedy if they are safe. Contacts can also find friends in the area, and in turn get notified about their status. http://nbcnews.to/1b6C3R1

Libyan TV crew found dead eight months after kidnap

The BBC reported on 27 April that five journalists belonging to a Libyan TV crew have been found dead, eight months after they were kidnapped. A government spokesman said the bodies were found near the city of Al Bayda, close to the site of the kidnapping. The crew was taken in August while travelling through territory largely controlled by extremist militants. Libya has been in turmoil since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and now has two competing governments and numerous militia groups. http://bbc.in/1Ef5KK5

EULEX Uncovers Suspected Mass Grave in Kosovo

Balkan Insight reported on 27 April that the Department of Forensic Medicine within the EU mission EULEX said it had found mortal remains buried in the village cemetery of Llaushe/Lausa in Skenderaj/Srbica municipality. A resident of the village apparently approached the forensics team last December when they were on a visit to another suspected grave in the area of this village. The resident told the department of a possible burial location in the village cemetery, indicating an area of seven to eight square meters, claiming that four bodies were buried at the location in March 1999. http://bit.ly/1HMEhSq

Bosnia Police Arrest Buzim War Crimes Suspect

Balkan Insight reported on 27 April that Husein Isakovic was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of having committed crimes in his capacity as a member of military police with the 505th Brigade of the Fifth Corps of the Bosnian Army, in the former Radoc Hotel in Buzim, which was used as prison in 1994 and 1995. He is suspected together with seven other persons who were arrested earlier. As announced by the Bosnian state prosecution, several prisoners from the Bosnian Serb army and the National Defence of the Western Bosnia Autonomous Region, ND WBAR, were killed in the hotel-turned-jail. http://bit.ly/1dny0kM

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