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Kosovo won't let Serb officials in, wants genocide apology

Nov. 25, 2020 2:17 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic would not be allowed to visit the country until he apologized for “genocide” against Kosovo's population. Meliza Haradinaj-Stublla also posted on Twitter that no entry permission...

An honor guard is formed at Defence Headquarters in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, before findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry are released. A shocking report into war crimes by elite Australian troops has found evidence that 25 soldiers unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Australian minister says war crimes report made her 'ill'

Nov. 20, 2020 12:27 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds said Friday that she was “physically ill” after reading a military report into war crimes that found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. “I was like...

An honor guard is formed at Defence Headquarters in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, before findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry are released. A shocking report into war crimes by elite Australian troops has found evidence that 25 soldiers unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. (Mick Tsikas/AAP Image via AP)

Rights group, Afghan envoy want more probes into war crimes

Nov. 19, 2020 2:44 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A leading international human rights group and an Afghan envoy on Thursday urged nations whose militaries have served as part of the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan — including America and Britain — to follow Australia's example and probe their own soldiers’ conduct...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 1945 file photo, Reichsmarshal Hermann Goering stands in the prisoner's dock at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial in Germany. He is entering a plea of not guilty to the International Military Tribunal Indictment. Goering is wearing headphones of the court translating system. Germany marks the 75th anniversary of the landmark Nuremberg trials of several Nazi leaders and in what is now seen as the birthplace of a new era of international law on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo, file)

Germany marks 75th anniversary of landmark Nuremberg trials

Nov. 19, 2020 11:14 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Seventy-five years ago, the dock of Courtroom 600 of the Nuremberg Palace of Justice was packed with some of the most nefarious figures of the 20th Century: Hermann Goering, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop and 18 other high-ranking Nazis. They weren’t yet known as war criminals...

Chief of the Australian Defence Force Gen. Angus Campbell delivers the findings from the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force Afghanistan Inquiry, in Canberra, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. A shocking report into war crimes by elite Australian troops has found evidence that 25 soldiers unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. (Mick Tsikas/Pool Photo via AP)

Report finds Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghans

Nov. 18, 2020 11:03 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A shocking Australian military report into war crimes has found evidence that elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan prisoners, farmers and civilians. Australian Defence Force Chief Gen. Angus Campbell said Thursday the shameful record included alleged instances...

Hashim Thaci who resigned as Kosovo's president to face charges including murder, torture and persecution, and his attorney David Hooper, left, make their first courtroom appearance before a judge at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers court in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020. An international prosecutor has indicted Thaci on 10 charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes for his leadership of fighters with the Kosovo Liberation Army who are accused of illegally imprisoning, abusing and murdering captured opponents and perceived traitors during the war. (Jerry Lampen via AP Photo, Pool)

Lawyers for Kosovo suspects: Trial can't start before 2022

Nov. 18, 2020 7:45 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Defense lawyers for former leaders of Kosovo guerrillas, including ex-president Hashim Thaci, said Wednesday that their trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity cannot begin before the summer of 2022 at the earliest. The comments came at a procedural hearing...

Abdul Manan, a 58-year-old tribal leader, poses with his children after an interview in southern Uruzgan province of Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. An Afghan rights watchdog and a tribal leader are cautiously welcoming an expected Australian government report into suspected war crimes by its special forces in Afghanistan following a four-year investigation. (AP Photo/Shareefullah Sharafat)

Afghans welcome report on Australian troops' alleged crimes

Nov. 16, 2020 1:59 PM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan rights watchdog and a tribal leader are cautiously welcoming an Australian government report into suspected war crimes by its special forces in Afghanistan following a four-year investigation. After the report's publication, a new investigative agency headed by a retired...

Chairwoman of the Assembly of Kosovo and acting President of Kosovo Vjosa Osmani speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Kosovo capital Pristina on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. Kosovo’s acting president complains that the European Union is not treating Kosovo on “an equal footing” with its former war foe, neighboring Serbia in the negotiations on normalizing their ties. Osmani on Friday said that Brussels was not learning from the mistakes of the past and was treating Serbia as “a spoiled child.” (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

AP Interview: Kosovo sees EU favoring 'spoiled child' Serbia

Nov. 13, 2020 2:25 PM EST

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s acting president accused the European Union on Friday of not treating Kosovo on “an equal footing” with neighboring Serbia in the negotiations to normalize ties between the former war foes. Vjosa Osmani, the second female head of state in post-war...

Women prepare traditional Ethiopian coffee at street-side coffee stall in the capital Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. Tensions over the deadly conflict in Ethiopia are spreading well beyond its cut-off northern Tigray region, as the federal government said some 150 suspected

As Ethiopia's conflict rages, ethnic targeting turns deadly

Nov. 13, 2020 12:55 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Ethnic Amharas killed. Ethnic Tigrayans arrested, in hiding or cut off from the world. Ethiopia’s deadly conflict is spilling beyond the country's northern Tigray region and turning identity into a mortal threat. A report that scores, perhaps hundreds, of civilians were...

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to the media during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Morrison announced a new investigative agency to build criminal cases against Australian special forces suspected of committing war crimes in Afghanistan. (Lukas Coch/AAP Image via AP)

Australia to prosecute troops for war crimes in Afghanistan

Nov. 12, 2020 2:59 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Thursday announced a new investigative agency to build criminal cases against Australian special forces suspected of committing war crimes in Afghanistan. The Office of the Special Investigator is to be formed after a four-year investigation into allegations and...