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How Canada's legalization is shaping cannabis laws elsewhere

Oct. 16, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

Ever since Canada became the first major country to legalize marijuana for adults a year ago, other nations have been paying attention. The small South American nation of Uruguay was the first to legalize marijuana for adults. New Zealand, Luxembourg and Mexico are among those that have looked to Canada for...

US judge weighs extradition of ex-Bosnian military policeman

Oct. 15, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A magistrate judge will decide if a former Bosnian military policeman now living in Missouri should be sent back to face war crime charges for allegedly raping an imprisoned pregnant Serbian woman during the Bosnian war in the early 1990s. U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Cohen on Tuesday...

Sri Lanka presidential hopeful says won't honor deal with UN

Oct. 15, 2019 6:47 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A former Sri Lankan defense chief who is a front-runner in next month's presidential election said Tuesday that if he wins, he won't recognize an agreement the government made with the U.N. human rights council to investigate alleged war crimes during the nation's civil war. If...

The Latest: US troops leaving Syria to stay in Middle East

Oct. 15, 2019 3:12 AM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Turkey's invasion of northern Syria (all times local): 11:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says the roughly 1,000 U.S. troops he has ordered to leave Syria will remain in the Middle East to prevent a resurgence of the Islamic State threat. In a written statement Monday announcing...

Bosnia seeks extradition of Missouri man in war crimes case

Oct. 14, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former military policeman in Bosnia who has been living in Missouri for about 17 years is facing extradition to his native country, where he is accused of raping a pregnant Serbian woman who was being held as a prisoner in 1992. Adem Kostjerevac, 58, who lives in unincorporated southern...

Post-war Liberians are demanding better mental health care

Oct. 12, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — More than a decade after back-to-back civil wars ravaged Liberia its people still await justice for countless abuses, and many say the lack of accountability is worsening a mental health crisis. The frustration soared when President George Weah recently indicated there was no need...

UN prosecutor charges former Rwandan minister with contempt

Oct. 11, 2019 7:17 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A United Nations prosecutor has charged a former Rwandan planning minister with contempt of court for allegedly bribing witnesses to recant testimony in an attempt to overturn his genocide convictions. Prosecutor Serge Brammertz released the indictment against Augustin...

2 Nobel literature prize winners expose Europe's fault lines

Oct. 10, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Nobel Prizes for literature were awarded Thursday to two writers enmeshed in Europe's social and political fault lines: a liberal Pole who has irked her country's conservative government and an Austrian accused by many liberals of being an apologist for Serbian war crimes. The rare double...

The Latest: Group want Handke award revoked

Oct. 10, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Latest on the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Prizes (all times local): 10:48 p.m. The Mothers of Srebrenica group that gathers relatives of the victims of the 1995 massacre in the Bosnian enclave is demanding that the Nobel committee revoke Peter Handke's prize for literature. The...

Public to get access to Nuremberg trials digital recordings

Oct. 10, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Audio recordings from the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders will be made available to the public for the first time in digital form after nearly two years of work conducted in secret. The Memorial of the Shoah in Paris will officially accept the recordings at a ceremony Thursday evening. The...