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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.

Bosnian Serbs to seek Russia's veto of UN Srebrenica resolution

Sarajevo - Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik said Wednesday he would ask Russia to use its veto to prevent the adoption of a UN resolution on the Srebrenica genocide which is being drafted by Britain.

Turkey pulls envoy from Brazil over Armenian genocide recognition

Istanbul - Turkey said it has recalled its ambassador to Brazil for consultations after the country's senate passed legislation recognising the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I as genocide.

Lawyer of ex-dictator Rios Montt is slain in Guatemala

Guatemala City - Unidentified gunmen on Wednesday shot dead an attorney for Guatemala's former dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who has been charged with genocide during the Central American nation's civil war, authorities said.

Europe recalls the horror 70 years after Nazi camps liberated

Natzwiller - European leaders on Sunday remembered the atrocities of concentration camps run by the Nazis and their allies during the Second World War with ceremonies in Germany, Croatia and France.

Armenia marks emotional centenary of Ottoman massacres

Yerevan - The leaders of France and Russia joined ceremonies marking the centenary of the massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces, a hugely emotional event that remains a diplomatic minefield.

German foreign minister rejects Armenia 'genocide' label

Berlin - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said he would not call the mass murder of Armenians that began 100 years ago Friday a "genocide", one day after the German president used the controversial label.

Turkey 'condemns' Putin comments on Armenia genocide

Ankara - Turkey on Friday condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for referring to genocide during commemorations of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians during World War I.The foreign ministry said "we reject and condemn...

Key facts on the disputed Armenian genocide

Yerevan - Armenians around the world mark the centenary of the start of World War I mass killings of their kin by Ottoman Turks in what they insist was a genocide -- a term fiercely rejected by Turkey.

Armenia marks emotional centenary of Ottoman massacres

Yerevan - The leaders of France and Russia on Friday joined ceremonies marking the centenary of the massacre of some 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces, a hugely emotional event that remains a diplomatic minefield.

Armenians to mark 100 years since Ottoman massacre

Yerevan - Armenians worldwide will mark the centenary of an Ottoman massacre of up to 1.5 million of their people on Friday, as tensions over Turkey's refusal to recognise the killings as genocide reach boiling point.

Obama avoids term 'genocide' in Armenian massacre

Washington - US President Barack Obama described the World War I massacre of Armenians as "terrible carnage" but avoided the term genocide, as tempers flared between Armenia and Turkey ahead of the 100th anniversary.

Germany bears a 'responsibility' for Armenia 'genocide': President

Berlin - Germany condemns the massacre a century ago of 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces as a "genocide", President Joachim Gauck said Thursday, adding that Germany bore partial blame for the bloodletting.

Armenia demands 'stronger message' from Turkey on 1915 genocide

Ankara - Armenian President Serge Sarkissian said Thursday he expected a "stronger message" from his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the centenary of the 1915 massacres in order to unblock frozen relations.

Armenian Church canonises 1.5 million Armenians massacred by Ottomans

- The Armenian Church on Thursday conferred sainthood on some 1.5 million Armenians massacred by Ottoman forces a century ago, in what is believed to be the biggest canonisation service in history.

Turkey 'stops Bosnian Serb leader from travelling to Armenia'

Sarajevo - Turkey on Wednesday stopped Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik's plane from flying over its territory, preventing him from attending a ceremony to mark the centenary of the Armenian genocide, his cabinet said.

Turkey recalls ambassador from Austria over 'genocide' condemnation

Ankara - Turkey recalled its ambassador to Austria on Wednesday in protest over Austrian lawmakers' condemnation of the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turk forces 100 years ago as "genocide".

Austria MPs symbolically recognise Armenian genocide

Vienna - Austrian lawmakers on Wednesday condemned as "genocide" for the first time the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War I, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the violence.
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