Latest Ethnic conflicts News

Former Sri Lankan defense chief wins presidential vote

Nov. 17, 2019 6:44 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defense official revered by Sri Lanka’s ethnic majority for his role in ending a bloody civil war but feared by minorities for his brutal approach, registered a comfortable victory Sunday in the nation’s presidential election. Elections...

Key facts on Sri Lanka as it prepares to elect new president

Nov. 14, 2019 11:58 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Indian Ocean island nation of Sri Lanka, which will elect a new president on Saturday, has had a tumultuous history. Since gaining independence from British colonial rule in 1948, the country has seen three major armed conflicts in which hundreds of thousands have died. It...

International court judges authorize Rohingya investigation

Nov. 14, 2019 1:04 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Thursday approved a request from prosecutors to open an investigation into crimes committed against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. A prominent rights group said the decision will give fresh hope to victims that those...

Myanmar accused at UN court of genocide against Rohingya

Nov. 11, 2019 11:52 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Myanmar was accused Monday of genocide at the U.N.'s highest court for its campaign against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority, as lawyers asked the International Court of Justice to urgently order measures "to stop Myanmar's genocidal conduct immediately." Gambia filed...

Court sentences Congo warlord to 30 years for atrocities

Nov. 7, 2019 11:18 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court passed its highest ever sentence Thursday, sending a Congolese warlord known as "The Terminator" to prison for 30 years for crimes including murder, rape and sexual slavery. Bosco Ntaganda was found guilty in July of 18 counts of war crimes and...

UN chief urges Myanmar to resolve Rohingya crisis

Nov. 3, 2019 9:03 AM EST

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern Sunday over the plight of the 730,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state, calling on Myanmar's government to take responsibility by dealing with the "root causes" of their flight to Bangladesh and...

Omar criticized for vote on Armenian genocide resolution

Oct. 30, 2019 9:45 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is coming under criticism from Minnesota's Armenian community for not supporting a resolution recognizing the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide. The Minnesota Democrat was one of three lawmakers voting "present" when the House overwhelmingly...

Turkey will attack Kurdish fighters who remain near border

Oct. 28, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's foreign minister said Monday that his country's military will attack any Syrian Kurdish fighter that remains along the border area in northeast Syria after a deadline for them to leave expires. Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters that Russian and Syrian officials provided...

Rebels abduct dozens from Myanmar boat, say govt killed some

Oct. 27, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — An ethnic guerrilla army in Myanmar said some of the several dozen soldiers, police and civilian officials it abducted from a ferry were killed in a subsequent attack by government helicopters. A statement posted Sunday on the website of the Arakan Army, a rebel group in the western...

UN mission head says risk of genocide recurring in Myanmar

Oct. 22, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of a U.N. fact-finding mission on Myanmar warned Tuesday that "there is a serious risk of genocide recurring" against the estimated 600,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority still living in the country. Marzuki Darusman told the General Assembly's human rights committee...