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Two ex-soldiers tried in Guatemala for sex slavery, murder

Guatemala City - Two retired soldiers were in court Monday facing charges of murder, forced disappearance, and forcing 11 indigenous women into sexual slavery during Guatemala's 1960-1996 civil war.

Emperor Akihito visits Japanese troop shrine in Philippines

Yook - Japanese Emperor Akihito offered flowers Friday at a shrine built in the Philippines for Japanese soldiers killed during Japan's brutal World War II occupation of the Southeast Asian nation.

Japan's Akihito visits Philippine WWII cemetery

Manila - Japanese Emperor Akihito bowed his head in sorrow during a sombre ceremony at the Philippines' biggest war cemetery Wednesday as he vowed never to forget the many Filipinos killed during World War II.

Philippines' WWII sex slaves demand justice from Japan

Manila - Ninety-year-old Hilaria Bustamante casts a tearful gaze at a wall plastered with photos of departed fellow sex slaves, vowing to demand justice during a historic visit to the Philippines by Japan's emperor starting Tuesday.

Nearly 20,000 Iraqi deaths since 2014

Nearly 20,000 civilians have died in Iraq since 2014, according to the United Nations. More than 36,000 Iraqis have been wounded in the same period.

Last Kuwaiti Guantanamo inmate returns home

Kuwait City - The last Kuwaiti prisoner in the US Guantanamo Bay prison returned home Saturday to a family reception after 14 years of detention, the head of a detainee group said.

Rwanda allegedly fueling war in Burundi says refugee organization Special

Rwanda stands accused of fueling a brutal insurgency in neighboring Burundi that could morph into a regional war, an international refugee organization warned Sunday.

Red Cross meet fails to agree on global plan to track rules of war

Ginebra - More than 100 nations attending a global meeting of the Red Cross in Geneva on Thursday failed to approve a new system for monitoring compliance with the rules of war.

Croatia exhumes two Serb mass graves after 20 years

Zagreb - Croatian forensic experts have exhumed the remains of 56 ethnic Serbs, believed to be mostly civilians killed at the end of the country's 1990s independence war, officials said Wednesday.

Panama wants UN to back reconciliation bid over U.S. invasion

Panama - Panama said Friday it wants the UN to back its "reconciliation" process looking at the US invasion of its territory 26 years ago that left thousands of affected people demanding compensation.

Israel helping wounded Syrians

As the carnage continues in Syria, Israel is taking in wounded along it's border. The humanitarian effort continues, regardless of the factions patients belong to.

World confronted by 'new type of war': German president

Berlin - German President Joachim Gauck said Sunday the world is confronted with a "new type of war" perpetrated by terrorists bent on killing those who refuse to follow their "barbaric ideology".

Britain's Queen Elizabeth leads silent tribute to war dead

London - Queen Elizabeth II led millions of Britons as they fell silent to honour members of the Commonwealth's armed forces killed in conflict at the annual Remembrance Sunday service.

Blair concedes link between Iraq invasion and Islamic State rise

London - Britain's ex-leader Tony Blair again apologised Sunday for certain aspects of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, adding there were "elements of truth" to the view it was connected to the rise of the Islamic State group.

Blair committed UK to Iraq war year before invasion: Report

London - Former British prime minister Tony Blair was committed to joining the United States in the Iraq war a year before the 2003 invasion, documents obtained by a Sunday newspaper suggested.

Op-Ed: Who is fighting against Daesh (ISIS)?

The question of who is attacking Daesh (ISIS) has to be asked because as far as I can tell from conversations with my contacts on the ground in Syria, very little effective action appears to be directed against them on an international level.

The man who fights the war against children Special

Approximately nine children in 1,000 has been either abused or neglected in the United States. In 2013, the number of victims was estimated at 679,000 children.

Op-Ed: Refugees, Totalitarians and the West

The solution to the migrant crises in Europe is not open borders or donations to refugee camps. Instead, oppressors must be removed and there must be a concerted effort help to create tolerant, pluralist societies.

North and South Korea try words instead of saber-rattling

Paju - High-level talks are underway between North and South Korea as the longtime enemies try to avert a military confrontation amid rising hostility between them.

Queen leads Britain's VJ anniversary commemorations

London - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II led commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, joining veterans and former prisoners of war for a service in London.

Japan emperor says feels 'profound remorse' over WWII

Toukyo - Japan's emperor Akihito said on Saturday that he felt "profound remorse" over World War II -- a conflict that Tokyo fought in the name of his father Hirohito -- on the 70th anniversary of the war's end.

Wreck of U.S. WWII fighter unearthed in Germany

Frankfurt - German history buffs on Saturday unearthed the wreckage of a World War II US fighter that crashed in February 1945 with the remains of a young French pilot inside, DPA news agency said.

Tech leaders warn over 'killer robots'

Paris - A group of top tech leaders, including British scientist Stephen Hawking and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, on Tuesday issued a stern warning against the development of so-called killer robots.

From Red Army to Afghan jihad museum: a soldier's tale

Herat - Former Soviet soldier Bakhretdin Khakimov came to Afghanistan to fight the mujahideen more than three decades ago. Today he has a new life as caretaker of a museum celebrating the jihadists' victory over the Red Army.

South Sudan: Four years of freedom, 18 months of war

Juba - The world's youngest nation South Sudan marks four years of independence on July 9, after separating from old foe Sudan following decades of war.

Serb 'war criminal' due to be extradicted from Australia

Sydney - A Serbian war crimes suspect known as "Captain Dragan" was handed over by Australia to Croatia on Wednesday to face allegations of torture and murder after battling extradition for a decade.

N. Korea denounces 'U.S. imperialists' on war anniversary

Seoul - North Korea issued a call to arms against "gangster US imperialists" in a statement released Thursday to mark the 65th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.

Croatian veterans end church protest after PM agrees to talks

Zagreb - Scores of Croatian war veterans who had taken refuge in a Zagreb church left peacefully on Friday after the government agreed to hold talk with them about their benefits.Escorted by police, veterans from Croatia's 1990s independence war left St.

Many Holocaust survivors live in poverty: U.S. diplomat

Prague - A substantial number of the 500,000 Holocaust survivors worldwide are suffering from poverty and need urgent help to live a dignified life in their last years, an advisor to the U.S. secretary of state said Wednesday.

40 years later: Communism's hollow victory in Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh - Forty years after it won the war, the Communist Party still rules Vietnam with an iron fist. But with crony capitalism, corruption and inequality now rife, many claim its victory was a hollow one.
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AMISOM troops look out over the Somali capital, Mogadishu. IRIN
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