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Rights group file Syria torture case in Norway

Nov. 12, 2019 5:46 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A human rights group says it has asked Norwegian prosecutors to open a criminal investigation against senior Syrian officials over allegations of torture and crimes against humanity. The Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights said Tuesday it filed the complaint...

Migrants endure rape and torture on route through Yemen

Nov. 2, 2019 2:25 AM EDT

RAS AL-ARA, Yemen (AP) — Zahra struggled in the blue waters of the Gulf of Aden, grasping for the hands of fellow migrants. Hundreds of men, women and teenagers clambered out of a boat and through the surf, emerging, exhausted, on the shores of Yemen. The 20-year-old Ethiopian saw men armed with automatic...

Migrants endure rape and torture on route through Yemen

Oct. 30, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

RAS AL-ARA, Yemen (AP) — Zahra struggled in the blue waters of the Gulf of Aden, grasping for the hands of fellow migrants. Hundreds of men, women and teenagers clambered out of a boat and through the surf, emerging, exhausted, on the shores of Yemen. The 20-year-old Ethiopian saw men armed with automatic...

AP investigation finds African migrants starved, raped and tortured in Yemeni town that profits from human smuggling

Oct. 30, 2019 2:02 AM EDT
RAS AL-ARA, Yemen (AP) — AP investigation finds African migrants starved, raped and tortured in Yemeni town that profits from human smuggling.

Germany charges 2 suspected former Syrian secret police

Oct. 29, 2019 8:08 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged two suspected former members of Syria's secret police with crimes against humanity in a case that human rights campaigners say marks a major step in the fight to hold to account Syrian officials responsible for atrocities in the country's...

Egypt policemen charged in torturing street vendor to death

Oct. 28, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors have referred 10 policemen to trial, three years after allegedly torturing a street vendor to death. No date for the trial was mentioned in Monday's announcement. Magdy Maken, a 53-year-old Coptic Christian fish cart vendor, was allegedly killed inside a police station in...

Distinctive accent on torture video leads police to suspect

Oct. 22, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The suspect in a torture killing in Alaska's biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled "Homicide at midtown Marriott" that contained video of the dying woman. Then came an even more innocuous blunder: He spoke on the tape in...

Distinctive accent on torture video leads police to suspect

Oct. 21, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The suspect in a torture killing in Alaska's biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled "Homicide at midtown Marriott" that contained video of the dying woman. Then came an even more innocuous blunder: He spoke on the tape in...

The Latest: South African pleads not guilty in Alaska death

Oct. 21, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on arraignment for a man accused of killing two Alaska Native women (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges stemming from the death of a second homeless Alaska Native woman. Brian Steven Smith entered his pleas...

Egypt activist claims she was tortured, beaten after arrest

Oct. 14, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian pro-democracy activist claims she was tortured and beaten after being arrested amid a sweeping government crackdown, a leading rights group said Monday. Amnesty International said Esraa Abdel-Fattah was brought before prosecutors late Sunday following her arrest by plainclothes...