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2 men charged in migrant smuggling, ransom scheme

Sep. 25, 2020 5:16 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Two men face federal charges in South Florida for their part in a migrant smuggling operation that involved kidnapping and torturing Cubans and extorting money from victims’ family members, authorities said. Reynaldo Marquez Crespo, 41, and Jancer Sergio Ramos Valdes, 33, made their...

Hysni Gucati head of the War Veterans Organization of the Kosovo Liberation Army looks at a photo of his co-fighter former Kosovo Liberation Army commander Salih Mustafa after news of his arrest,  during an interview with The Associated Press, in Pristina, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. A special international court said Thursday that a former commander of the separatist fighters in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war has been arrested as part of a war crimes and crimes against humanity probe stemming from the conflict with Serbia. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

1st Kosovar Albanian arrested on war crimes charges

Sep. 24, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — A special international court said Thursday that a former commander of the separatist fighters in Kosovo's 1998-1999 war has been arrested on charges including torture of detainees and the murder of one prisoner held at a compound in Kosovo during the conflict. The Kosovo Specialist...

FILE - In this March 12, 2020 file photo, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gives a press conference at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Independent experts commissioned by the U.N.’s top human rights body have issued a scathing, in-depth report finding the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro responsible for crimes against humanity. The report commissioned last year by the 47-member-state Human Rights Council said the alleged crimes include extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and torture. The findings issued Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 were based on nearly 3,000 cases, interviews and other evidence. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix, File)

Experts cite 'crimes against humanity' in Maduro's Venezuela

Sep. 16, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Independent experts for the U.N.’s top human rights body accused the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday of crimes against humanity, highlighting grisly cases of torture and killings allegedly carried out by security forces who used techniques like electric...

FILE - This photo taken July 5, 2016, shows Amer Fakhoury, owner of Little Lebanon To Go restaurant in Dover, N.H. Fakhoury, an American who was jailed for months in Lebanon and later released over decades-old murder and torture charges that he denied, died Monday,  Aug. 17, 2020, his family said. He was 57. Fakhoury, a restaurant owner in Dover, New Hampshire, died at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He had been diagnosed with State 4 lymphoma while in prison.  (John Huff/Foster's Daily Democrat via AP, File)

Family of late NH man held in Lebanon starts foundation

Sep. 12, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

DOVER, N.H. (AP) — The family of an American man who was jailed for months in Lebanon over decadesold murder and torture charges that he always denied has started a foundation in his name to help families of Americans held hostage overseas. Amer Fakhoury, a Dover, New Hampshire, restaurant owner, died of...

Two survivors who did not wish to be identified show their wounds which they said were inflicted by government soldiers in June, in Fada N'gourma town in Burkina Faso Thursday, July 9, 2020. Burkina Faso's military is facing growing accusations that soldiers have tortured and killed civilians accused of aiding Islamic extremists and analysts say the ill-equipped and under-trained army is scrambling to stem the spread of jihadist violence that's ravaging the West African country. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Burkina Faso army blamed for extrajudicial torture, deaths

Aug. 24, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

FADA N'GOURMA, Burkina Faso (AP) — Huddled on the floor in a dimly lit room, one by one the five men displayed wounds they say were inflicted by government soldiers armed with wooden planks, knives and electric cables. A 30-year-old recounted how a soldier held a cigarette lighter to his face while holding...

Freed after 30 years in prison, man getting life in order

Aug. 19, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — After nearly 30 years behind bars, a man who claimed he was tortured into confessing to a murder he didn’t commit by detectives working under Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge is now free. Keith Walker was released from custody last week after the Illinois attorney general’s...

FILE - In this Sunday, April 19, 2020 file photo, Syrian Wassim Mukdad poses for a photograph at the Berlin offices of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, Germany. Mukdad has spoken of his relief after being able to testify Wednesday, Aug. 19 at the trial in Germany of two ex-members of Syria’s secret police who are accused of crimes against humanity. It is the first high-profile case worldwide against former officials during the long-running conflict. (AP Photo/Frank Jordans, file)

Syrian refugee's relief after testimony at war crimes trial

Aug. 19, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Syrian refugee in Germany spoke of his relief after being able to testify Wednesday at the trial of two ex-members of Syria's secret police who are accused of crimes against humanity, the first high-profile case worldwide against former officials during the long-running conflict. Wassim...

FILE - This photo taken July 5, 2016, shows Amer Fakhoury, owner of Little Lebanon To Go restaurant in Dover, N.H. Fakhoury, an American who was jailed for months in Lebanon and later released over decades-old murder and torture charges that he denied, died Monday,  Aug. 17, 2020, his family said. He was 57. Fakhoury, a restaurant owner in Dover, New Hampshire, died at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. He had been diagnosed with State 4 lymphoma while in prison.  (John Huff/Foster's Daily Democrat via AP, File)

American released from Lebanon after jailed for months dies

Aug. 18, 2020 8:43 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Amer Fakhoury, an American who was jailed for months in Lebanon and later released over decades-old murder and torture charges that he denied died Monday, his family said. He was 57. Fakhoury, a restaurant owner in Dover, New Hampshire, died at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in...

American released from Lebanon after jailed for months dies

Aug. 17, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Amer Fakhoury, an American who was jailed for months in Lebanon and later released over decades-old murder and torture charges that he denied died Monday, his family said. He was 57. Fakhoury, a restaurant owner in Dover, New Hampshire, died at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in...

FILE- In this July 10, 2020, file photo, policemen cordon off the site where Vikas Dubey, a top crime suspect linked to the death of eight policemen was killed near Kanpur, India. Police said Dubey died in an exchange of gunfire when he snatched a revolver from officers while trying to flee after their vehicle overturned on a highway, but rights activists were quick to cast doubt, seeing it as yet another suspicious “encounter.” (AP Photo, File)

Lockdown deaths in India ignite debate on police brutality

Aug. 17, 2020 9:19 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — For two and a half minutes the popular Indian radio DJ described in graphic detail what she said was the torture and killing of a father and son in police custody. The father was arrested for flouting coronavirus lockdown rules by keeping his mobile phone shop in southern India open past...