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Leader of the 'Pakistani Taliban' was released by U.S. in 2005

As the world reels from the brutal attack upon schoolchildren in Pakistan by the group known as the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, unclassified CIA documents show that a key former leader of the group was in U.S. custody and released from Guantanamo in 2004.

Case dropped against German over WWII French massacre

Berlin - A German court Tuesday threw out the case against an 89-year-old former soldier over the Nazis' worst atrocity on French soil, the 1944 massacre in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane.

New massacre leaves 36 dead in eastern DR Congo

Beni - Suspected Ugandan rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo hacked 36 people to death with machetes and axes, authorities said Sunday, as an outcry grew against the failure of the army and UN peacekeepers to stop a repeat of such massacres.

Five years after Philippine massacre, anger at slow justice

Manila - Five years after 58 people were killed in the Philippines' worst political massacre, anger among victims' relatives is building, with no one yet convicted and the alleged masterminds still enjoying power.

September 1 marks a dark day in Russian history

Beslan - Monday marks the 10th anniversary of one of Russia's darkest events in recent history. On September 1, 2004, a group of 32 Chechen militants broke into a school in Beslan, taking 1,100 adults and children hostage, ending in a bloody massacre.

Jihadists kill dozens in north Iraq 'massacre', officials say

Baghdad - Jihadists carried out a "massacre" in the northern Iraqi village of Kocho, killing dozens of people, most of them members of the Yazidi religious minority, officials said on Saturday.

Arrests amid mounting tensions after Kenya coast massacres

Nairobi - Kenyan police said they arrested several suspects Wednesday amid high political tension in the wake of twin massacres on the coast, claimed by Somalia's Islamist Shebab but blamed by the president on local political networks.

Scores of civilians killed as Nigerian militants massacre village

Abuja - Islamic militants massacred scores of civilians Wednesday in a village used by Nigerian soldiers searching for hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls.

Russian MPs want Gorbachev probed for treason over USSR breakup

Moscow - A group of Russian MPs has formally requested that prosecutors investigate former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev for treason over the breakup of the Soviet Union, one lawmaker said Thursday.

Germany arrests former Auschwitz medic, 93

Berlin - German police have arrested a former Nazi medic who served at the Auschwitz death camp on multiple charges of aiding and abetting murder, prosecutors said Tuesday.The 93-year-old, who was arrested at his home near Neubrandenburg north of Berlin, underw...

Baltic states jittery over 'unpredictable' Russia

Vilnius - Standing in the shadow of a massive, grey former KGB building in a busy Vilnius street, Lithuanian pensioner Rimantas Gucas worries history could repeat itself if the West fails to stop Russia from absorbing Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.As Lithuania mar...

Oscar-nominated documentary scrapes at raw wound in Indonesia

A chilling documentary about one of the worst massacres since World War Two is up for an Academy Award this weekend.

TopFinds: Inside the Taiji dolphin massacre, mini Ice Age coming?

What you need to know about the recent dolphin killings in Taiji, Japan. Is a mini Ice Age on the way? Cadbury wants to block Nestlé from trademarking the shape of KitKat bars. Learn more in this week's TopFinds.

Dolphin massacre: 15,000 killed each year in Peru

According to a report from an environmental organization, some 15,000 dolphins are killed every year by fishermen in Peru. The dolphins are used for bait to catch endangered sharks.

Op-Ed: The answer to mass shootings: There is none

The media and society in general have for years now been searching for a reason. A reason for the violence, which appears to be unpredictable. That's because it is.

Op-Ed: The people's teeth: why guns are a necessary evil

Here is a concise commentary on the core beliefs of gun rights advocates. Hopefully this will clear up some of the misconceptions, and replace them with logical and reasonable truths, all of which point to guns being a necessary evil.

US Sgt. Robert Bales pleads guilty to Afghan civilian massacre

Tacoma - U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, 39, pleaded guilty, in a military court Wednesday to the murder of 16 Afghan civilians. He said there is “not a good reason in the world” for why he did it.

Claims of massacres at Syrian villages

Updated Saturday:11.00 CET. Hundreds of Sunnis are fleeing coastal towns and villages on Syria's Mediterranean coast after reports of at least two massacres, which look very much like a plan of sectarian cleansing.

Obama goes all out on gun control

Speaking from the White House, President Obama has reinforced his push for gun control measures as gun control remains a hot topic on Capitol Hill.

Barbecan's double revolving doors block and trap armed intruders

The recent gun violence incidents in the United States emphasizes the need for better security, better detection, and better protection.

Children witness massacre of family members

Villa Canales - A 6 year-old boy was seen comforting his 4 year-old sister after much of their family was massacred before their eyes in a town outside Guatemala City.

Released documents reveal US knowledge of 1940 slaughter

Washington - Newly declassified documents have been released by the U.S. National Archives showing the United States had knowledge of the slaughter of 22,000 Polish officers and prisoners in the Katyn forest on the western edge of Russia in 1940.

Mass shooting in Dothan, Alabama nightclub leaves 3 dead

Dothan - In a shooting incident at a Dothan, AL nightclub, three people have died and one is injured. The alleged shooter has been arrested.

Sikh temple shooter died of self-inflicted wound

Milwaukee - Wade Michael Page died of a self-inflicted wound to the head, after being shot by police, following the shooting massacre at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Wisconsin shooter identified as white supremacist

Oak Creek - The shooter in the Sikh temple massacre that killed six people has been identified as Wade Michael Page, 40, a U.S. Army veteran who is believed to be a white supremacist.

Colorado shooter: Holmes charged with more than 140 offenses

Denver - James Holmes appeared in court again today and was charged with 12 counts of first-degree murder and 12 counts of murder with extreme indifference - 2 counts for each victim in the Aurora shooting - along with other charges.

'The Dark Knight Rises' to break records despite Aurora shootings

Burbank - Following the tragedy of what is now dubbed the “Dark Knight Massacre”, executives at Warner Brothers are rethinking their marketing strategy.

Aurora theater shooter did not act alone, survivor says

Aurora - An eyewitness to the mass shooting that occurred during a Colorado theater screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" last night has told reporters that there were multiple people involved in the massacre.

Deadly Syrian massacre claims the lives of '220 civilians'

Around 220 Syrians in the village of Tremseh in the Hama region have been killed after their village was bombarded and besieged by helicopter gunships and tanks before being stormed by militants loyal to Assad.

UPDATE: Paraguayan president dismissed over peasants’ massacre

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo could be removed from his post today by an impeachment trial supported by allies and opponents after a bloody clash between police and peasants sent his government into a political crisis.
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Katyn massacre 1940.  Mass grave discovered 1943
Katyn massacre 1940. Mass grave discovered 1943
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South Africa: Marikana miners shot by police
South Africa: Marikana miners shot by police
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Exhumed bodies of some of the 21 000 victims of the Katyn Forest massacre.
Exhumed bodies of some of the 21,000 victims of the Katyn Forest massacre.
Israeli security forces block Palestinians from entering Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron during demonstr...
Israeli security forces block Palestinians from entering Al-Shuhada Street in Hebron during demonstrations marking the 20th anniversary of the street closure instituted an Israeli man shot and killed 29 Palestinians in a random attack.
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Probably the best known crime of the Soviet forces  the Katyn Massacre of about 4 000 Polish officer...
Probably the best known crime of the Soviet forces, the Katyn Massacre of about 4,000 Polish officers took place in 1940 and was carried out by the NKVD.
Authorities search for evidence and scene of massacre in Villa Canales Guatemala
Authorities search for evidence and scene of massacre in Villa Canales Guatemala
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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama view photographs of victims before address...
U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama view photographs of victims before addressing a memorial service at Fort Hood, Texas, on Nov. 10, 2009, a few days after 13 soldiers were killed and 38 wounded when an Army officer opened fire at a base processing center.
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Dead bodies wrapped after the Houla massacre in Syria
Dead bodies wrapped after the Houla massacre in Syria