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International Criminal Court marks 20th anniversary

Jul. 01, 2022 12:56 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The International Criminal Court marked the 20th anniversary of its establishment Friday as its prosecutors probed war crimes in countries around the world, including what one expert called a “make or break” investigation in Ukraine. The court,...

Rights group finds twin Russian strikes hit Mariupol theater

Jun. 29, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Evidence suggests twin Russian airstrikes deliberately targeted a theater being used as a shelter in the besieged city of Mariupol, the rights group Amnesty International said in a report released Thursday. The report condemned the attack as a war crime. Amnesty said...

Deaths rise to 23 from mass attempt to enter Spanish enclave

Jun. 25, 2022 18:16 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The number of people who were killed after they tried to scale a border fence between Morocco and a Spanish enclave in North Africa rose to 23 Saturday as human rights organizations in Spain and Morocco called on both countries to investigate the circumstances surrounding the...

Rights group slams Palestinian Authority over activist death

Jun. 24, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Amnesty International said Friday that the Palestinian Authority has failed to hold its security forces accountable for the death of an activist in police custody a year ago. The family of Nizar Banat, a prominent critic of the PA, says security forces stormed his...

Bucolic Ukraine forest is site of mass grave exhumation

Jun. 13, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

BUCHA, Ukraine (AP) — The lush green beauty of a pine forest with singing birds contrasted with the violent deaths of newly discovered victims of Russia's war in Ukraine, as workers exhumed bodies from another mass grave near the town of Bucha on Kyiv's outskirts. The hands of...

Saudi-funded golf series puts new scrutiny on Mickelson

Jun. 08, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

ST. ALBANS, England (AP) — Out of public view for four months, Phil Mickelson returns to golf under severe scrutiny because of where he’s playing and who is paying him. Mickelson is a six-time major champion, the most popular golfer this side of Tiger Woods. And now he is being...

Taliban arrest Afghan fashion model, say he 'insulted' Islam

Jun. 08, 2022 13:15 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban have arrested a well-known Afghan fashion model and three of his colleagues, accusing them of disrespecting Islam and the Quran, the Muslim holy book, according to videos released by Afghanistan's new rulers. Ajmal Haqiqi — known for his fashion...

A crackdown in El Salvador, and fears of arbitrary arrests

Jun. 02, 2022 14:10 PM EDT

LA LIMONERA, El Salvador (AP) — Esmeralda Domínguez was about 100 yards from home when soldiers and police blocked her on a small bridge. The authorities had waited there for hours. Dominguez, neighbors said, was the only person they stopped. Her aunt, who lived nearby,...

NGOs file suit against French arms firms over Yemen sales

Jun. 02, 2022 12:39 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A group of NGOs filed a lawsuit on Thursday against three French arms manufacturers for what they claim was their complicity in alleged war crimes in Yemen. They accuse Dassault Aviation, Thales Group and MBDA France of selling weapons and equipment to the coalition...

A crackdown in El Salvador, and fears of arbitrary arrests

Jun. 02, 2022 11:49 AM EDT

LA LIMONERA, El Salvador (AP) — Esmeralda Domínguez was about 100 yards from home when soldiers and police blocked her on a small bridge. The authorities had waited there for hours. Dominguez, neighbors said, was the only person they stopped. Her aunt, who lived nearby,...