Congo

U.N. experts’ bodies found

The bodies of an American and a Swedish investigator with the United Nations and their Congolese interpreter were found in Central Kasai province, authorities said Tuesday, more than two weeks after they disappeared. Michael Sharp of the U.S. and Zaida Catalan of Sweden, along with an interpreter, driver and two motorbike drivers, went missing March 12 while looking into violence and alleged human rights violations by the Congolese army and militia groups. Investigators are still looking for their colleagues.

FRANCE

Chinese protest shooting

Chinese immigrants and China’s government are protesting a police killing of a Chinese man in his Paris apartment that prompted violent street clashes and exposed the frus­trations of France’s large Asian community. Protesters rallied for a second day Tuesday, and police launched a probe. The Chinese Foreign Ministry it had summoned a representative of the French Embassy in Beijing. Police said an officer fired in self-defense Sunday during a raid after the man wounded an officer with a “bladed weapon.” But rumors flew that Shaoyo Liu, 56, was in front of his kids while cutting fish with scissors and hadn’t hurt anyone.

Ivory Coast

Former first lady acquitted

Former first lady Simone Gbagbo was acquitted Tuesday of war crimes and crimes against humanity after a trial on her alleged role in abuses that led to the deaths of more than 3,000 people. The prosecution had asked for a life sentence, saying she participated on a committee that organized abuses against supporters of her husband’s opponent after the 2010 election, when the former president, Laurent Gbagbo, refused to accept defeat. However, Simone Gbagbo still must serve 20 years after being found guilty in 2015 of offenses against the state.

Scotland

Independence vote OK’d

Scottish lawmakers voted Tuesday to seek a new referendum on independence, presenting the British government with an unwelcome distraction as it prepares to push the European Union exit button. The Edinburgh-based legislature voted 69-59 to ask the U.K. government to sanction an independence vote that would be held within the next two years. Outside, several dozen independence supporters bearing Scottish and EU flags broke into cheers and tears of joy as they heard the news.

Compiled from wire reports.