What We're Following This Evening

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A verdict in the Balkan wars: A United Nations tribunal acquitted a Serbian nationalist, Vojislav Seselj, of war crimes for his role in the ethnic conflicts in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. The verdict comes a week after the same court convicted the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of genocide and other crimes.

Turkey’s media crackdown: It reached the U.S. this afternoon when members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail manhandled reporters and protesters outside the Washington, D.C., building where the leader was giving a speech. As Krishnadev explains here, the altercation was a physical manifestation of what’s been happening to Turkey’s free press since Erdogan was elected in 2014.

A champion of education dies: Shirley Hufstedler, a former federal appeals judge who served as the United States’s first secretary of education, has died at the age of 90.

Watch for bad jokes: Tomorrow is April Fools Day. Don’t trust anyone. Not even yourself.

News from this afternoon here