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"I'm Mark miracle. Delivering a stinging defeat to prosecutors at the international criminal court in the Hague justices today acquitted former Ivory Coast, president Laurent Bagbo and former youth minister Charles Likud of responsibility for crimes committed following disputed elections in two thousand ten saying the prosecution failed to prove its case. The presiding judge ordered the immediate release of the seventy. Three year old Bagbo at forty seven year old Goud following the judgment, the came before their lawyers even had to present a case, the judge later suspended. The order ahead of a follow up hearing on tomorrow. Jack Peric reports from Brussels judges at the international criminal court in the Hague say the prosecution team has failed to satisfy the burden of proof required for the trial against Lauren. Backbone to continue the former Ivorian presidents has been in detention in the Hague since two thousand eleven after he was arrested and transferred to face charges of murder rape, attempted murder and persecution around three thousand people were killed after he refused to accept electoral defeat Twi volume. President Alassane Ouattara who still in power Mr. Barry set to be provisionally released but will remain in detention while the prosecution appeals in the coming days. It's another massive embarrassment for the prosecutor of the ICC facts who've been so. Who has seen a number of high-profile defendants acquitted on no case to answer motions? Like the one filed by Mr. bike does defense Jack parak-, pretzels. Hey, Zimbabwean military helicopter, fired tear gas at demonstrators blocking a road and burning tyres in the capital on the second day of deadly protests at the government more than doubled the price of fuel in the economically shattered country soldiers moved into disperse crowds. At the busy intersection and the transport hub in Harare, the capital amid Zimbabwe's biggest unrest since deadly post election violence last August witnesses also reported violence in the eastern city of Moutari where people attacked passenger buses and destroyed some shops businesses schools and public transportation shut down five people were killed yesterday. After security forces opened fire on crowds, the Zimbabwe. Congress of trade unions had called for a three day national shutdown to protest against the fuel price increase announced by. President mama Cagua then left for Russia on a multi nation trip to try to attract international investment, he sat to attend the world economic foreign in Davos, Switzerland. Palestinians in the West Bank or staging a partial strike and large demonstrations to protest a new social security law. Thousands of private sector employees gathered today in Ramallah the seat of the Palestinian Authority or they marched and chanted companies banks and shops were closed while others had limited operations the government. Endorsed the law last year that would set aside seven percent of every paycheck the fund a public pension system. It has delayed implementing the law because of widespread opposition the Palestinians have long complained of corruption and many fear. They will never see the money. Again. The Palestinian Authority has said it is open to reforming the law, but that has done little to quiet the protests. Critics said the supreme court citizens United decision say it's resulted in an explosion of dark money in the American political system, possibly even from foreign sources, some see hope and new package of political reforms called the we the people act just pass by the new democratically controlled house of representatives. Dan Hyman reports. The supreme court handed down citizens United nine years ago. This model Sheila krumholz is with the center for responsive politics. She thinks the court didn't realize how big an impact it would have to create a loophole for anonymous donations to fund it influence American political campaigns krumholz says that secret money can have long strings attached recant. No, it comes from Russia or Saudi Arabia or China. Our from Nevada troubling enough that corporate interests might hold such sway or union that even troubling is the notion that our sovereignty could be at risk citizens. United's lawyers argued the donations or form of free-speech watchdog site the campaign finance reforms in the we the people act with just passed the house. Some say it includes it needed tightening the laws the new democratic leadership of the house. House specifically chose the Wease people act as the first piece of legislation. Nations with public funds empowering those small donors. Restructure the Federal Election Commission. So that it was really enforcement accountability for people who break campaign finance laws. The we the people act."