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Western nations demand immediate cease-fire in Syria's Idlib

Feb. 27, 2020 6:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and key Western allies on Thursday demanded an immediate cease-fire in Syria’s last opposition stronghold in northwestern Idlib which is facing what the U.N. calls an “unfolding humanitarian catastrophe,” but Russia ignored their calls and said...

Salvadoran congress passes war crimes sentence reduction law

Feb. 27, 2020 10:36 AM EST

El Salvador's congress has passed a law allowing judges to reduce sentences for crimes committed during the country's 1980-1992 civil war, drawing criticism from the president and rights activists. President Nayib Bukele vowed to veto the law, saying it did not contain the key elements of “truth, justice...

Kosovo: 2nd former fighter refuses war crimes court summons

Feb. 25, 2020 11:20 AM EST

VLORA, Albania (AP) — A former independence fighter in Kosovo said Tuesday that he would not submit to questioning by a Netherlands-based court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after the country's 1998-99 war. Faik Zogaj is the second former fighter out of 270 summoned so far to refuse...

A municipality worker hangs Kosovo's flag to decorate the main street, during the 12th anniversary of the country's independence in the capital Pristina, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 recognized by more than 100 countries but not by Belgrade. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

Kosovo court takes step toward indicting suspects

Feb. 24, 2020 12:23 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A court investigating crimes against ethnic Serbs during and after Kosovo's 1998-99 independence war with Serbia took a significant step Monday toward charging suspects for the first time when a prosecutor notified the court's president of his intent to start proceedings. The...

FILE - In this May 3, 2019 file photo, Libyans hold a demonstration against military operations by forces loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter, at Martyrs' Square in Tripoli, Libya. Two Libyan militia commanders and a Syrian war monitor group say Turkey is deploying Syrian extremists to fight in Libya's civil war. These extremists are affiliated with groups like al-Qaida and the Islamic State. They're fighting as mercenaries on behalf of the United Nations-supported government in Libya. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed, File)

Judge seeks more info before ruling against Libyan commander

Feb. 21, 2020 1:20 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal magistrate in Virginia wants more information before issuing a judgment against a Libyan-American who once lived in northern Virginia and now commands an army in his home country. Khalifa Hifter, who leads the self-styled Libyan National Army, was sued last year by families...

Germany indicts Iraqi man over death of Yazidi slave girl

Feb. 21, 2020 9:51 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — An Iraqi man who allegedly left a 5-year-old Yazidi girl he and his wife kept as a slave in Iraq to die of thirst in the heat has been indicted on murder and terror charges, prosecutors said Friday. His wife, a German convert to Islam, is already on trial over the case. The man, identified...

Sri Lanka says it will withdraw from UN rights resolution

Feb. 19, 2020 6:50 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's prime minister said Wednesday that the government has decided to withdraw from co-sponsorship of a 2015 U.N. Human Rights Council resolution calling for the investigation of allegations of war crimes committed during the island nation's long civil war. Prime Minister...

In this Wednesday April 4, 2018, file image, alleged jihadist leader Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud, center, takes his seat in the court room for his initial appearance on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. International Criminal Court judges rejected Wednesday an appeal by an alleged Islamic extremist from Mali who claimed the charges against him were not serious enough to merit standing trial at the global court. The decision clears the way for the trial of Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud to start later this year for alleged crimes in Timbuktu including torture, rape and persecution. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, Pool)

ICC judges OK trial for alleged Islamic extremist from Mali

Feb. 19, 2020 6:31 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — International Criminal Court judges on Wednesday rejected an appeal by an alleged Islamic extremist from Mali who argued that the charges against him were not serious enough to merit standing trial at the global court. The decision clears the way for the trial of Al Hassan Ag...

Exterior view of the Peace Palace housing the World Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. Lawyers for Equatorial Guinea told United Nations judges Monday that French authorities illegally seized a mansion in Paris which they insist operated as the African nation's embassy. The building was seized as part of a money laundering investigation into the son of the central African nation's president. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

Equatorial Guinea: France illegally seized 'embassy'

Feb. 17, 2020 7:26 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Lawyers for Equatorial Guinea told United Nations judges Monday that French authorities illegally seized a mansion in Paris that the African nation insists operated as its embassy. The building was seized as part of a money laundering investigation into the son of the central...

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2000 file photo, experts in a speed boat examine the damaged hull of the USS Cole at the Yemeni port of Aden after an al-Qaida attack that killed 17 sailors. Sudan's transitional government said it's reached a settlement with families of the victims of the 2000 attack on USS Cole in Yemen, in a bid to have the African country taken off the U.S. terrorism list. At the time of the bombing, Sudan was accused of providing support to al-Qaida, which claimed responsibility for the attack. Sudan's justice ministry said the settlement was signed with the victims' families Friday. Feb. 7, 20202. (AP Photo/Dimitri Messinis, File)

Sudan seeks to end terror designation in USS Cole settlement

Feb. 13, 2020 3:33 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan's transitional government said Thursday it has reached a settlement with families of the victims of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, a key step in having the U.S. remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism so it can rejoin the international community after years...