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Judge leaves lawsuits against Libyan general Hifter on pause

Dec. 03, 2021 11:33 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal judge in Virginia on Friday ruled that war-crimes lawsuits against a Libyan military commander who used to live in the U.S. must stay on hold for now to avoid interfering with upcoming presidential elections there. At a hearing in...

Bosnia police arrest 7 people on suspicion of war crimes

Dec. 03, 2021 05:21 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bosnian police on Friday arrested seven people suspected of war crimes against civilians during the 1992-95 conflict in the Balkan country, the security authorities said. The group was apprehended in the areas of the eastern towns of...

UN says Islamic State committed war crimes at Iraqi prison

Dec. 03, 2021 00:54 AM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of a U.N. team investigating atrocities in Iraq said that Islamic State extremists committed crimes against humanity and war crimes at a prison in Mosul in June 2014, where at least 1,000 predominantly Shiite Muslim prisoners were systematically killed. ...

UN General Assembly urged to investigate Yemen atrocities

Dec. 02, 2021 19:51 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 60 organizations urged the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday to establish an investigative body to gather and preserve evidence of serious human rights violations during Yemen’s seven-year conflict, including possible war crimes and crimes against humanity....

UK panel asks govt to scrap plan to turn back migrant boats

Dec. 01, 2021 13:49 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A U.K. parliamentary committee on Wednesday criticized government plans to deter migrants and refugees from trying to reach Britain in small boats, saying the measures would endanger lives without stopping dangerous journeys across the English Channel like the one that killed...

German court convicts ex-IS member in Yazidi girl's death

Nov. 30, 2021 16:58 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — In a landmark trial, a former member of the Islamic State group was found guilty of genocide by a German court Tuesday over the death of a 5-year-old Yazidi girl he had purchased as a slave and then chained up in the hot sun to die. The Frankfurt regional...

Austin orders new review of deadly 2019 airstrike in Syria

Nov. 29, 2021 17:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a new review of a U.S. airstrike in Syria in March 2019 that killed dozens, including women and children, to assess the extent of civilian casualties and whether the strike violated the laws of war. Pentagon...

Germany: Interpol chief must respect rule of law

Nov. 26, 2021 08:14 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Friday that Interpol's new president, like all officials at the international law enforcement body, must act in accordance with the rule of law, and played down his role in the organization. The comments from Germany's foreign...

ICC judges cut Muslim radical's sentence in Timbuktu case

Nov. 25, 2021 11:43 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court appeals judges have cut by two years the sentence of an Islamic radical who pleaded guilty to overseeing the destruction of historic mausoleums in the Malian desert city of Timbuktu, the court announced Thursday. ...

Interpol elects United Arab Emirates official as president

Nov. 25, 2021 08:57 AM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Interpol on Thursday elected a contentious official from the United Arab Emirates as its new president during the international law enforcement body’s annual General Assembly held in Istanbul. Maj. Gen. Ahmed Naser al-Raisi, inspector general at the...