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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020 file photo, Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir sits at the defendant's cage during his trial a courthouse in Khartoum, Sudan, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.  The officer of Sudan’s prime minister says International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is arriving in Khartoum Saturday, Oct. 17,  to discuss cooperation with local authorities over the trial of those internationally wanted over war crimes and genocide in the Darfur conflict. Among those wanted by the court is former President Omar al-Bashir.  (AP Photo/Marwan Ali)

ICC prosecutor arrives in Sudan to discuss Darfur charges

Oct. 17, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The International Criminal Court's prosecutor arrived in Sudan late Saturday to discuss cooperation with local authorities over bringing to trial those internationally wanted for war crimes and genocide in the country's Darfur conflict, the Sudanese official news agency said. Prime Minister...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2020, file photo, civilians flee from Idlib toward the north to find safety inside Syria near the border with Turkey. An international human rights group said Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 that a yearlong military campaign by Syrian and Russian forces that repeatedly attacked civilian targets in the last rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria constituted apparent war crimes and may amount to crimes against humanity. (AP Photo/File)

Rights group suspects Russia, Syria war crimes in Idlib

Oct. 15, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — A leading human rights group said Thursday that a yearlong military campaign by Syrian and Russian forces that repeatedly attacked civilian targets in the last rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria constituted apparent war crimes and may amount to crimes against humanity. Human Rights Watch...

Intl court appeals judges uphold detention of Darfur suspect

Oct. 8, 2020 8:33 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court upheld Thursday the detention of an alleged Sudanese militia leader charged with more than 50 crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Darfur conflict. Ali Mohammed Ali Abdul Rahman Ali, known as Ali Kushayb, has been in...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, smoke rises from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood in Damascus, Syria, seen from Cairo.  Human rights groups have filed a criminal complaint in Germany that asks prosecutors to investigate two chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Three groups want Germany’s attorney general to probe the deadly sarin attacks on the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta and the town of Khan Shaykhun that occurred in 2013 and 2017 respectively. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar, File)

Rights groups ask Germany to probe Syria chemical attacks

Oct. 6, 2020 12:05 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Human rights groups said Tuesday they have filed a criminal complaint in Germany asking prosecutors to investigate two chemical weapons attacks in Syria that stand out among the worst atrocities in the country's long-running conflict. Three groups, including Syrian human rights organizations...

FILE - In this June 27, 2006, file photo, reviewed by a U.S. Department of Defense official, U.S. military guards walk within Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base, Cuba. A federal judge has turned back an effort to delay an independent medical review for Saudi citizen Mohammed al-Qahtani, held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center who was so badly mistreated in American custody that he cannot be put on trial.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Another judge steps away from stalled Guantanamo 9/11 trial

Oct. 2, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Another military judge has stepped down from the Sept. 11 war crimes tribunal at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a further blow to an already long-stalled case. Marine Col. Stephen F. Keane said in an order issued Friday that he must recuse himself from the case because of his...

This image made from video shows Congolese Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege at the Panzi Hospital he founded in Bukavu in eastern Congo, to treat survivors of sexual violence, being interviewed by The Associated Press by video call from Dakar, Senegal Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Mukwege says mass atrocities, including widespread sexual violence, continue to go unpunished in his country and an international criminal tribunal is urgently needed to prosecute those crimes. (AP Photo/Yesica Fisch)

Nobel peace laureate calls for urgent justice in Congo

Oct. 1, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Congolese Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege says an international criminal tribunal is urgently needed to prosecute mass atrocities, including widespread sexual violence, that continue to go unpunished in his country. Crimes against humanity, war crimes, and even crimes of...

Head of Kosovo veterans' association appears in court

Oct. 1, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The head of an organization of Kosovo war veterans, who was detained last week on suspicion of offenses including intimidating witnesses, appeared in court Thursday for the first time since his arrest. Hysni Gucati's lawyer, Jonathan Rees, told the Kosovo Specialist Chambers...

Judge allows US suit against Libyan commander to move ahead

Sep. 29, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a request from a Libyan military commander who once lived in Virginia to toss out lawsuits accusing him of war atrocities. At a hearing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Judge Leonie Brinkema said the accusations against Libyan National Army...

Supporters hold placards showing former Defense Minister and retired Col. Maj. Bah N'Daw, above, who is now transitional president, and Col. Assimi Goita, below, head of the junta that staged the Aug. 18 coup and who is now transitional vice president, outside a swearing-in ceremony in the capital Bamako, Mali,  Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Mali's transitional president and vice president were sworn into office Friday, more than a month after a coup in the West African nation, as Mali remains under sanctions by the 15-nation West African regional bloc ECOWAS, and amid uncertainty about details of the transition period. (AP Photo)

The Latest: Mali notable in its absence from UN meeting

Sep. 29, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest from the U.N. General Assembly (all times local): ___ 5:06 p.m. A country missing from the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders is the West African nation of Mali, whose leadership is in mid-overhaul after a military coup last month. The country late last week...

Kosovo police guard the entrance of the offices of a war veterans association in Kosovo, in Pristina, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Witnesses say European Union security police have stormed the offices of a war veterans association in Kosovo. The association represents the former ethnic Albanian separatists who fought Serbian troops in a 1998-1999 war for independence. Members of the group said police from the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, or EULEX, prevented them from going into the association’s offices in Pristina on Friday.  (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo war veteran says he rejects court's jurisdiction

Sep. 29, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The deputy head of an association of Kosovo war veterans who was arrested last week on suspicion of offenses including intimidating witnesses said Tuesday he did not recognize the jurisdiction of the internationally funded court that ordered his detention. Nasim Haradinaj was...