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'Hotel Rwanda' hero sentenced to 25 years on terror charges


In tonight's edition: Paul Rusesabagina, the Hotel Rwanda hero credited with having saved over 1,200 lives during Rwanda's genocide of the Tutsis is sentenced to 25 years on terror charges. His supporters say the conviction is politically motivated. Brussels and Washington have raised concerns about the fairness of the trial. And in France, French President Emmanuel Macron has asked for forgiveness for abandoning Algerian soldiers who fought for France during the 1954-1962 war of independence. 

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