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Syrian man charged in Germany with war crimes

Dec. 10, 2018 10:45 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors say they have charged a 29-year-old Syrian man with war crimes on allegations he tortured pro-government forces his unit had captured. Prosecutors said Monday that Mohamad K., whose last name was not released in line with privacy laws, served in the rebel Free Syrian Army...

Ex-inmates: Torture rife in prisons run by Yemen rebels

Dec. 7, 2018 2:51 PM EST

MARIB, Yemen (AP) — Farouk Baakar was on duty as a medic at al-Rashid hospital the day a bleeding man was brought into the emergency room with gunshot wounds and signs of torture. He'd been whipped across the back and hung by his wrists for days. The patient, Baakar learned, had been left for dead by the...

Ex-inmates: Torture rife in prisons run by Yemen rebels

Dec. 7, 2018 7:01 AM EST

MARIB, Yemen (AP) — Farouk Baakar's mistake was taking a selfie. The Yemeni medic was on duty at al-Rashid hospital the day when a bleeding man was brought into the emergency room with gunshot wounds and signs of torture. He had been dumped on the side of a highway after being held in a prison run by the...

10 Things to Know for Today

Dec. 7, 2018 6:31 AM EST

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. SOME OF THE PRESIDENT'S MEN Robert Mueller is set to reveal more details about his Russia investigation on Friday as he faces court deadlines in the cases of two men who worked closely with Donald Trump. 2....

Palestinian court extends detention of Palestinian-American

Dec. 6, 2018 4:17 PM EST

JERICHO, West Bank (AP) — A Palestinian court on Thursday extended the detention of a hunger-striking Palestinian-American activist who claims she was tortured in captivity. Suha Jbara, 31, a U.S. citizen born in Panama, shuffled into the Jericho courtroom with her head down, appearing ashen and weak. Her...

Angolan activist talks human rights with country's president

Dec. 6, 2018 4:42 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An Angolan human rights activist says the country's president plans to investigate a case of alleged torture by police officials. Activist and journalist Rafael Marques de Morais says he told President Joao Lourenco at a meeting Wednesday that two Criminal Investigation Service...

Italy investigating 5 Egyptians in student's murder

Dec. 4, 2018 2:58 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Prosecutors in Rome on Tuesday formally opened an investigation into five Egyptian domestic secret service members and police investigators in connection with the 2016 torture and murder of an Italian researcher. The five were being investigating on possible abduction charges related to the...

Trial set for California couple charged with torturing kids

Nov. 30, 2018 6:29 PM EST

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A trial date has been set for a Southern California couple charged with the torture and abuse of most of their 13 children. A judge on Friday ordered that jury selection begin Sept. 3 in the case against David and Louise Turpin. The couple has pleaded not guilty to charges that...

Italy summons Egypt ambassador over Regeni killing

Nov. 30, 2018 2:17 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Italy's foreign ministry formally summoned on Friday the Egyptian ambassador to Rome to prompt authorities in Cairo to "act rapidly" in investigating the torture and killing of an Italian researcher nearly three years ago, as pressure mounts on Egypt which voiced regret over Italy's lower...

Italy pressures Egypt anew for answers in student's killing

Nov. 29, 2018 4:37 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — Italy raised the pressure Thursday on Egypt for concrete answers to the brutal torture and murder of an Italian researcher nearly two years ago. Prosecutors indicated plans to investigate Egyptian secret service members and the speaker of Italy's lower house broke parliamentary ties with...