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Damascus responsible for crimes against humanity in Ghouta: UN

Geneva - Forces loyal to Syria's government committed what amounted to crimes against humanity, including deliberately starving civilians, during the siege of Eastern Ghouta, UN investigators said Wednesday.

'They whipped and raped her': victims recall raids by Bemba's men

Bangui - "They tied up my younger sister, whipped her and raped her," says Ghislain Bertrand Bouanga, recalling the day when former Congolese rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba's brutal militia raided his home."She has been disabled ever since.

Acquitted DRCongo leader Bemba edges closer to freedom

Den Haag - Jean-Pierre Bemba's lawyers are set to argue Tuesday for his immediate release after international judges acquitted him of war crimes, as the former Congolese vice president edged closer towards freedom following a decade behind bars.

ICC acquits DR Congo's Bemba on appeal

Den Haag - International war crimes judges Friday acquitted former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba on appeal, overturning an 18-year sentence for war crimes committed in the Central African Republic (CAR).

ICC acquits DR Congo's Bemba on appeal

Den Haag - International war crimes judges Friday acquitted former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba on appeal, overturning an 18-year sentence for war crimes committed in the Central African Republic (CAR).

New film explores war's dark shadow over Croatian youth

Zagreb - "Mum, am I a Srbenka?" Nina Batinic recalls asking as a seven-year-old in a new film that highlights Croatia's still fragile inter-ethnic relations more than two decades on from the country's bloody war.

Convicted Serb radical buys house at persecution site

Belgrade - Serbian ultranationalist politician Vojislav Seselj said Monday he had bought a house in a village where his firebrand speeches during the 1990s Balkan wars earned him a jail term.

Karadzic insists he sought 'peace' in Balkans war

Den Haag - Convicted criminal Radovan Karadzic on Tuesday accused Bosnian Muslims of "declaring war" on Serbs, insisting at his appeal before a UN tribunal that he had worked for peace in the Balkans.

The 1990s Balkans wars in key dates

Belgrade - From the death of Tito in 1980 to the independence of Kosovo in 2008, here is a timeline of the 1990s Balkans conflicts which tore the former Yugoslavia apart.

On appeal, Karadzic slams 'myths' about Bosnian war

Den Haag - Once-feared Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic Monday urged UN judges to throw out his war crimes convictions, angrily denying he was behind a campaign of ethnic cleansing and murders in the Balkans conflict two decades ago.

Karadzic: Bosnia's 'evil' genocide mastermind

Belgrade - To his supporters a hero who stood up for his people, Radovan Karadzic is to others a monster who brought the horror of genocide back to Europe half a century after the defeat of the Nazis.

UN judges to hear Karadzic appeal against 40-year jail term

Den Haag - Once-feared Bosnian Serb leader, now convicted war criminal, Radovan Karadzic, on Monday launches his appeal before UN judges, seeking to overturn a 40-year jail term for abuses committed during Bosnia's bloody 1990s conflict.

UN war crimes judges quash radical Serb's acquittal

Den Haag - UN judges Wednesday found radical Serb Vojislav Seselj guilty on appeal of crimes against humanity, but the firebrand politician will remain a free man because of time already served behind bars.

UN judges to rule in appeal against radical Serb's acquittal

Den Haag - Firebrand Serb leader Vojislav Seselj will learn Wednesday whether UN war crimes judges uphold an appeal against his acquittal for war crimes in the 1990s Balkans conflict.

Remorseless Seselj still dreams about 'Greater Serbia'

Belgrade - Vojislav Seselj has no remorse over his role in the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Now 63, the ultra-nationalist Serb is again an MP in the parliament in Belgrade and has no regrets."We will never give up the idea of a Greater Serbia," he insists.

War crimes judges to rule in radical Serb leader appeal

Den Haag - UN war crimes judges will rule Wednesday in an appeal brought by prosecutors against the surprise acquittal of radical Serb Vojislav Seselj, accused of atrocities committed during the 1990s Balkans wars.

Timbuktu Malian jihadist faces war crimes court

Den Haag - A Malian jihadist appeared for the first time before an international war crimes judge on Wednesday, accused of demolishing Timbuktu's fabled shrines, as well as rape, torture and sex slavery.

Timbuktu Malian jihadist to face war crimes court

Den Haag - A Malian jihadist was to appear for the first time Wednesday before international war crimes judges, accused of demolishing Timbuktu's fabled shrines, as well as rape, torture and sex slavery.

Malian jihadist in court for war crimes on Wednesday

Den Haag - A Malian jihadist will make a first appearance Wednesday before the International Criminal Court on war crimes charges over the destruction of holy sites and sex slavery, the tribunal said.

Malian jihadist handed over to ICC on war crimes charges

Den Haag - A Malian jihadist was arrested Saturday and handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to face war crimes charges for the destruction of Timbuktu and sex slavery, the tribunal said.

UN Syria probe awash with war crime evidence

Geneva - UN investigators gathering evidence against perpetrators of horrific crimes committed in Syria's seven-year war said Tuesday they had begun sifting through "unprecedented" amounts of information.

UN probe accuses Syrian troops of 'systematic' rape

Geneva - Syrian troops and government-linked militia have systematically used rape and sexual violence against civilians, atrocities that amount to crimes against humanity, a UN-backed inquiry said Thursday.

Congolese warlord loses bid against $1 mln damages award

Den Haag - War crimes judges Thursday upheld an order that a former Congolese militia leader must pay $1 million in damages to his victims, after his forces rampaged through a village in 2003.

World war crimes court set for bumper appeals rulings

Den Haag - In an unusual move, international war crimes judges will rule Thursday on three appeals cases, including one brought by Congolese warlord Germain Katanga who was ordered to pay his victims $1 million in damages.

UN rights chief calls for Myanmar war crimes panel

Geneva - The UN human rights chief on Wednesday called for a new body tasked with preparing criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, after a similar panel was created for the Syrian conflict.

Bosnian Serb Karadzic's appeals hearing in April: UN tribunal

Den Haag - Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic will face judges at a UN tribunal in April where he, as well as prosecutors, have appealed his 40-year jail sentence, the Hague-based tribunal announced Tuesday.

Bosnian Serb Karadzic's appeals hearing in April: UN tribunal

Den Haag - Bosnian Serb wartime leader Radovan Karadzic will face judges at a UN tribunal in April where he as well as prosecutors have appealed his 40-year jail sentence, the Hague-based tribunal announced Tuesday.

Kosovo court prosecutor stepping down, vows work will go on

Den Haag - The prosecutor for a special tribunal set up to try crimes committed in the late 1990s in Kosovo announced Thursday he is stepping down, as his term has expired.

Kosovo's guerrilla 'heroes' fear war crimes court

Pristina - In Kosovo, the guerrillas who fought for independence from Serbia a decade ago are revered as heroes.

Drugs, vigilantes and assassins: things to know about Duterte's 'war'

Manila - The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor has announced a "preliminary examination" into Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's alleged crimes against humanity committed as part of his deadly war on drugs.
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