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Rwanda jails ex-pastor for life for genocide killings

Kigali - A Rwandan court has sentenced a former pentecostal pastor to life in prison for leading a massacre of people sheltering in his church during the 1994 genocide, reports said Thursday.

Rwandan man jailed for life in Germany over church massacre

Berlin - A German court Tuesday sentenced a Rwandan Hutu man to life in jail for his active role in orchestrating a church massacre of hundreds of Tutsis during the 1994 genocide.

Leading Rwandan genocide suspect arrested in DR Congo

Arusha - One of nine top fugitive Rwandan genocide suspects, a former mayor accused of slaughtering thousands of people and organising mass rapes in 1994, has been arrested, the United Nations said.Ladislas Ntaganzwa, who had a $5 million (4.

French soldiers 'ignored Rwandans pleas' in 1994 genocide

Nyamagabe - More than 20 years after the Rwandan genocide, survivors still carry painful memories of three fateful days when French soldiers allegedly left ethnic Tutsis to be slaughtered by Hutu killers.

French officers deny 'monstrous' Rwanda genocide allegations

Paris - French army officers Wednesday denied "monstrous" allegations by rights groups that the country's peacekeeping force knowingly failed to prevent the killing of hundreds of Tutsis in Rwanda in 1994.

More than 20 years after Rwandan genocide, killings haunt French military

Paris - New documents have come to light in the long-running controversy over whether French troops based in Rwanda at the time of the 1994 genocide failed to prevent the killings of Tutsis.

Canadian federal court suspends deportation of Rwandan man Special

A Canadian federal court judge has suspended the deportation of a Rwandan man until his case is reviewed and justice is ensured.

IS committing genocide against Yazidis in Iraq: Report

Washington - The Islamic State group is committing genocide against Iraq's Yazidi community, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum said in a report based on harrowing interviews detailing rape, torture and murder.

Serbian PM pays respects to Srebrenica Muslim victims

Srebrenica - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic paid his respects Wednesday to the Muslim victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, months after he was chased from a ceremony in the Bosnian town by an angry stone-throwing crowd.

France compensates U.S. Holocaust victims

Washington - France will pay $60 million to mainly American victims of the Holocaust who were transported by train from France to Nazi death camps during World War II, an affair that nearly cost French state rail company SNCF its US contracts.

Nazi crime researchers probing IS over Yazidi 'genocide'

Berlin - A group that documented Nazi war crimes is now investigating whether massacres committed by Islamic State jihadists against Iraq's Yazidi minority amount to genocide.

Turkish politician had right to deny Armenia genocide: Europe court

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that a Turkish politician should not have been prosecuted for denying that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey in 1915 was a genocide.

Europe rights court to rule on Armenia 'genocide' denial

Strasbourg - The European Court of Human Rights is to decide Thursday whether it is a crime to deny that the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey in 1915 was a "genocide".

Former Guatemala dictator's amnesty appeal denied

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan appeals court rejected an amnesty request from former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, whose retrial for genocide during the country's civil war is due to begin in January, the civil parties to the case said Thursday.

France drops genocide, torture case dropped Rwanda priest

Paris - French judges have dropped the case against Rwandan priest Wenceslas Munyeshyaka for his alleged role in the country's 1994 genocide, a judicial source said Tuesday.

Khmer Rouge cadres held killing competitions, court hears

Phnom Penh - Guards at a Khmer Rouge death camp held competitions to see how many prisoners they could murder in an hour, a court heard Monday, the latest harrowing testimony at the trial of two top regime leaders.

Remains of Nazi professor's victims buried in France

Strasbourg - The remains of Jewish victims who were killed for the skeleton collection of Nazi anatomy professor August Hirt were buried in northeastern France on Sunday, according to an AFP journalist.

Former Guatemalan dictator to face genocide retrial

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan court ruled Tuesday that former dictator Efrain Rios Montt must face retrial for genocide during the country's civil war, but ordered it take place behind closed doors because he has dementia.

Guatemala's ex-despot Rios Montt has dementia: Doctors

Guatemala City - Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt has dementia, doctors said Tuesday at a hearing to decide if he is fit to face retrial for genocide during the country's civil war.

Guatemala court orders psych exam for ailing ex-despot

Guatemala City - A Guatemalan court Tuesday ordered ex-dictator Efrain Rios Montt, charged with genocide during the country's brutal civil war, to undergo psychiatric evaluation to determine whether he is fit for trial.

Coffins of 136 victims brought to Srebrenica memorial

Srebrenica - Thousands turned out to pay respects Friday on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre as 136 more coffins of identified victims were brought to a memorial centre to be buried the next day.

Pope Francis: 'genocide' against Christians in Middle East

Santa Cruz De La Sierra - Pope Francis called for an end to what he said was the "genocide" of Christians taking place in the Middle East and beyond.

Ex-Guatemalan despot incompetent to stand trial: Doctors

Guatemala City - Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, charged with genocide during a brief but particularly brutal period of the country's civil war, is incompetent to stand trial, doctors said Tuesday.

Genocide, the gravest and hardest crime to prove

Den Haag - Genocide, the key charge arising from the Srebrenica massacre two decades ago, is the gravest crime in international humanitarian law, yet it is also the most difficult to prove.

Rare images of Armenian genocide survivors on show in Italy

Bologna - Rare, moving images of survivors of the 1915 Armenian genocide will be shown in Bologna on Thursday as part of the 29th edition of the city's "Cinema Ritrovato" (Rediscovered Cinema) festival.

For the first time in two decades, lions will return to Rwanda

Kigali - After being wiped out more than 20 years ago in Rwanda's horrific genocide that claimed an estimated 800,000 lives, lions will return to the country, wildlife officials say.

Rwanda president slams Western 'arrogance' after spy chief arrest

Kigali - Rwandan President Paul Kagame launched a furious attack on Western countries on Thursday after the arrest in Britain of the country's intelligence chief.

Srebrenica ceremonies may be cancelled over arrest

Sarajevo - Ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims next month could be cancelled over the arrest of a former commander on a war crimes warrant from Serbia, organisers said Tuesday.

Rwandan spy chief Karake arrested in London

London - British police have arrested the head of Rwanda's intelligence service on a Spanish warrant relating to alleged crimes during the conflict in the 1990s, officials said Tuesday, sparking outrage from Kigali.

Turkey slams Belgian PM over 'Armenian genocide' remarks

Istanbul - Turkey on Saturday lashed out at Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel for recognising the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces during World War I as genocide.
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