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Libyan commander responds to federal lawsuits in Virginia

Aug. 3, 2020 6:20 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A Libyan military commander who spent decades living in Virginia is now responding to two federal lawsuits accusing him of atrocities in his military campaigns. Khalifa Hifter leads the self-styled Libyan National Army. Once a lieutenant to Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, Hifter...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017 file photo, Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic enters the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, to hear the verdict in his genocide trial. Former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic said Friday, July 24, 2020 that his health is bad and getting worse, as his lawyers sought another delay in a United Nations hearing in his appeal against convictions for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool, File)

Lawyers for Bosnian War strongman seek court delay in appeal

Jul. 24, 2020 10:40 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic said Friday that his health is bad and getting worse, as his lawyers sought another delay for a United Nations hearing in the appeal of his genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity convictions. One lawyer warned...

North Macedonia: top Albanian summoned on Kosovo war crimes

Jul. 23, 2020 8:53 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — The leader of the main ethnic Albanian party in North Macedonia said he has been invited to appear as a witness at the special international court on alleged crimes during and after the Kosovo’s 1998-1999 war, in which he fought. Ali Ahmeti, leader of the Democratic...

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci greets former members of the so-called Kosovo Liberation army, which fought for independence from Serbia, and other supporters waiting for his return at the border crossing points in Vrmice, Kosovo, Friday, July 17, 2020. Thaci was warmly welcomed by supporters upon return from the Netherlands where he was questioned by prosecutors at a special international court on alleged crimes during the 1998-1999 war after which his country won independence from Serbia. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo president says he doesn't fear war crime charges

Jul. 18, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The president of Kosovo told the nation Saturday that his indictment on war crimes will not hamper the country’s future and also urged political parties to unite behind talks on normalizing ties with neighboring Serbia. President Hashim Thaci held a television address after...

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci greets former members of the so-called Kosovo Liberation army, which fought for independence from Serbia, and other supporters waiting for his return at the border crossing points in Vrmice, Kosovo, Friday, July 17, 2020. Thaci was warmly welcomed by supporters on Friday upon return from the Netherlands where he was questioned by prosecutors at a special international court on alleged crimes during the 1998-1999 war after which his country won independence from Serbia. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Crowds welcome Kosovo president returning from questioning

Jul. 17, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

MORINE, Kosovo (AP) — A cheering crowd welcomed Kosovo's president on Friday upon his return from The Netherlands, where he was questioned by prosecutors at a special international court on alleged crimes during the 1998-1999 war that led to his country's independence from Serbia. Hashim Thaci's supporters...

El presidente de Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, habla con los medios a su llevada a la sede de la Cámara de Especialistas de Kosovo en La Haya, el lunes 13 de julio de 2020. (AP Foto/Phil Nijhuis)

Kosovo leader tells prosecutors he committed no war crimes

Jul. 16, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The president of Kosovo said Thursday he told prosecutors at a special international court in the Netherlands that he committed no crimes during the 1998-1999 war after which his country won independence from Serbia. President Hashim Thaci was questioned for four days by prosecutors...

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...

Women lean on a gravestone in Potocari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia, Saturday, July 11, 2020. Nine newly found and identified men and boys were laid to rest as Bosnians commemorate 25 years since more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims perished in 10 days of slaughter, after Srebrenica was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces during the closing months of the country's 1992-95 fratricidal war, in Europe's worst post-WWII massacre. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

Leaders, survivors mark 25 years since Srebrenica massacre

Jul. 11, 2020 1:03 PM EDT

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Virtually joined by world leaders, the survivors of Bosnia's 1995 Srebrenica massacre on Saturday remembered the victims of Europe's only acknowledged genocide since World War II and warned of the perpetrators' persistent refusal to fully acknowledge their...

Survivor Bahrudin Salihovic sits by the coffin of his father, inside the former UN base in Potocari, near Srebrenica, Bosnia, Friday, July 10, 2020. Nine newly found and identified men and boys will be laid to rest when Bosnians commemorate on Saturday 25 years since more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims perished in 10 days of slaughter, after Srebrenica was overrun by Bosnian Serb forces during the closing months of the country's 1992-95 fratricidal war, in Europe's worst post-WWII massacre. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)

25 years since Srebrenica, some victims finally laid to rest

Jul. 11, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Bahrudin Salihovic always knew his father had perished 25 years ago in the storm of violence unleashed after Serb forces overran the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica in the final months of the Balkan country’s 1992-95 war. He himself barely survived. But over...