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Suriname gets new president, faces economic crisis

Jul. 13, 2020 5:13 PM EDT

WAGENINGEN, Netherlands (AP) — Suriname's newly elected parliament chose a former police chief as the country's president on Monday to replace Desiree “Desi” Bouterse, who faces a murder conviction at home and a drug smuggling sentence abroad. Chandrikapersad Santokhi, better known as...

Kosovo's president Hashim Thaci speaks to the media as he arrives at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague, Monday July 13, 2020. Kosovo’s president visited prosecutors at The Hague who have charged him with criminal responsibility for crimes including nearly 100 murders during and after his nation's battle for independence from Serbia, saying his visit was “the price for freedom” for his country. (AP Photo/Phil Nijhuis)

Kosovo president visits prosecutors who indicted him

Jul. 13, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Kosovo’s president visited prosecutors at The Hague on Monday who have charged him with criminal responsibility for crimes including nearly 100 murders during and after his nation's battle for independence from Serbia, saying his visit was “the price for...

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci speaks during a televised address to the nation, in Pristina, Kosovo, Monday, June 29, 2020. Kosovo’s president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia and said he would resign if the indictment is confirmed by an international war crimes court. (AP Photo/Astrit Ibrahimi)

Kosovo’s Thaci strongly denies committing any war crimes

Jul. 12, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Kosovo’s president said Sunday he was going to The Hague to prove to prosecutors investigating war crimes allegedly committed during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict in Kosovo between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia that he had broken no international laws during...

FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 file photo, Australian and Dutch investigators examine a piece of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 plane, near the village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine. The Dutch government is taking to Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its alleged role in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago, the foreign minister announced Friday July 10, 2020.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)

Dutch government to take Russia to European court over MH17

Jul. 10, 2020 12:26 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its alleged role in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago, the foreign minister announced Friday. The move is intended to support individual cases...

FILE- In this March 29, 1993, file photo, refugees evacuated from the besieged Muslim enclave of Srebrenica, struggle for bread on their arrival in Tuzla, Bosnia.  Survivors of the genocide in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, mainly women, will on Saturday July 11, 2020, commemorate the 25th anniversary of the slaughter of their fathers and brothers, husbands and sons.  At least 8,000 mostly Muslim men and boys were chased through woods in and around Srebrenica by Serb troops in what is considered the worst carnage of civilians in Europe since World War II. The slaughter was also the only atrocity of the brutal war that has been confirmed an act of genocide.(AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Scenes from hell: 1995 Srebrenica genocide in photos

Jul. 10, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — It's been 25 years since the slaughter of men and boys in the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, but every year more bodies are found and reburied, and every year the survivors — mostly women — return to commemorate their fathers and brothers, husbands...

FILE - In this file photo dated Friday, May 5, 2017, a view of the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in The Hague, Netherlands. In a statement released Thursday July 9, 2020, member nations of the OPCW executive council condemned the use of chemical weapons by Syria and called on the government of President Bashar Assad to declare all of the regime's chemical arsenal. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Chemical weapons watchdog's council condemns Syrian attacks

Jul. 9, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The governing body of the world's chemical weapons watchdog on Thursday condemned the use of chemical weapons by Syria and called on the government of President Bashar Assad to declare all of its chemical arsenal. The statement, approved by a majority of the member nations on...

War veterans of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) attend a protest in Pristina, Kosovo, Thursday, July 9, 2020. War veterans of the Kosovo Liberation army, or KLA, that fought for independence from Serbia held a protest against the indictment of the country's president being investigated of war crimes allegedly committed during and after a 1998-1999-armed conflict. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo veterans protest war crimes charges against president

Jul. 9, 2020 9:04 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Veterans of a rebel army that fought for Kosovo's independence from Serbia held protests Thursday against the indictment of the country’s president on war crimes and crimes against humanity charges stemming from the conflict in the late 1990s. Ninety-nine Kosovo Liberation...

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci speaks during a televised address to the nation, in Pristina, Kosovo, Monday, June 29, 2020. Kosovo’s president on Monday denied committing war crimes during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia and said he would resign if the indictment is confirmed by an international war crimes court. (AP Photo/Astrit Ibrahimi)

Kosovo's president to be questioned in war crimes inquiry

Jul. 8, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo’s president said Wednesday that he would go to The Hague to be questioned by prosecutors investigating war crimes allegedly committed during and after a 1998-1999 armed conflict in Kosovo between ethnic Albanian separatists and Serbia. Hashim Thaci said in a statement...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Germany has just taken over the European Union's rotating presidency, and must chaperone the 27-nation bloc through a period of deep crisis for the next six months and try to limit the economic damage inflicted by the coronavirus. (Yves Herman, Pool Photo via AP)

Germany's Merkel: Pandemic highlights limits of populism

Jul. 8, 2020 11:02 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is showing the limits of “fact-denying populism,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday, as she urged European Union countries to quickly agree on a major economic recovery package and deprive nationalists of any opportunity to take advantage...

Dutch police arrest farmers protesting emission cuts

Jul. 8, 2020 4:57 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police arrested dozens of farmers Wednesday who were blocking the entrance to a waste treatment plant, the latest in a string of protests by farmers angry at government plans to cut emissions of nitrogen oxide. Police from the eastern Drenthe province tweeted that they...