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Russian strikes force Ukraine to face hours-long power cuts

Nov. 18, 2022 15:49 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's electricity grid chief warned of hours-long power outages Friday as Russia zeroed in on Ukraine's energy infrastructure with heavy artillery and missile attacks that have interrupted supplies to as much as 40% of the country's people at the onset of winter. ...

'I thought I was going to die': Abuses widespread in Ukraine

Nov. 18, 2022 03:01 AM EST

KYSELIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — For 10 days, Alesha Babenko was locked in a basement and regularly beaten by Russian soldiers. Bound, blindfolded and threatened with electric shocks, the 27-year-old pleaded for them to stop. “I thought I was going to die,” he told The Associated...

'I thought I was going to die': Abuses widespread in Ukraine

Nov. 17, 2022 13:31 PM EST

KYSELIVKA, Ukraine (AP) — For 10 days, Alesha Babenko was locked in a basement and regularly beaten by Russian soldiers. Bound, blindfolded and threatened with electric shocks, the 27-year-old pleaded for them to stop. “I thought I was going to die,” he told The Associated...

Israeli arrested in South Africa with weapons, torture van

Nov. 17, 2022 12:44 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A man reputed to be one of Israel's most wanted gang leaders was arrested during a raid of a home in a posh Johannesburg suburb where South African authorities said they also found guns, drugs, and a van equipped for torture. The 46-year-old Israeli is a member...

Megachurch volunteer charged with murder of her own daughter

Nov. 10, 2022 18:57 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The mother and grandfather of an 11-year-old California girl who was allegedly tortured and starved for years have been arrested and charged with murder, while her grandmother faces abuse charges. Leticia McCormack, 49, and her parents pleaded not guilty to the...

Libyan commander Hifter deposed in US civil lawsuit

Nov. 07, 2022 13:51 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Libyan military commander who once lived in Virginia sat for a deposition Sunday in a U.S. lawsuit in which he is accused of orchestrating indiscriminate attacks on civilians and torturing and killing political opponents, according to an advocacy group that supports the...

Paris court sentences Liberian ex-rebel to life in prison

Nov. 02, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A Paris court on Wednesday found a former Liberian rebel guilty of torture, acts of barbarism and complicity in crimes against humanity during the country’s civil war almost 30 years ago, sentencing him to life in prison. Kunti Kamara, 47, had been accused of...

ICC prosecutor seeks to resume Venezuela investigation

Nov. 01, 2022 14:38 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor sought Tuesday to reopen his investigation into allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings committed by Venezuelan security forces under President Nicolás Maduro’s rule. Prosecutor Karim...

Family: Saudis sentence US citizen to 16 years over tweets

Oct. 18, 2022 21:15 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — An American citizen has been arrested in Saudi Arabia, tortured and sentenced to 16 years in prison over tweets he sent while in the United States, his son said Tuesday. Saad Ibrahim Almadi, a 72-year-old retired project manager living in Florida,...

LA County to pay $32M to settle suit over boy's abuse death

Oct. 18, 2022 18:36 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County agreed Tuesday to pay $32 million to the family of a 10-year-old boy who died after allegedly being tortured and abused by his mother and her boyfriend. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a deal in a lawsuit over the death of Anthony...