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This image taken with a slow shutter speed on Oct. 2, 2019, and provided by the U.S. Air Force shows an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile test launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The Pentagon has raised to $95.8 billion the estimated cost of fielding a new fleet of land-based nuclear missiles to replace the Minuteman 3 (Staff Sgt. J.T. Armstrong/U.S. Air Force via AP)

US urges countries to withdraw from UN nuke ban treaty

Oct. 21, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States is urging countries that have ratified a U.N. treaty to ban nuclear weapons to withdraw their support as the pact nears the 50 ratifications needed to trigger its entry into force, which supporters say could happen this week. The U.S. letter to signatories, obtained...

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, left, makes a statement with the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama in Tirana, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Bilateral issues and maritime border delimitation in the Ionian Sea were the main topics of their discussion. (AP Photo/Hektor Pustina)

Albania, Greece take maritime dispute to international court

Oct. 20, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Balkan neighbors Albania and Greece said Tuesday they have agreed to refer a dispute over their maritime borders in the Ionian Sea to the Netherlands-based International Court of Justice. The joint decision was announced during a visit to Tirana by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos...

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...

Member state flags fly outside the United Nations headquarters during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. This year's annual gathering of world leaders at U.N. headquarters will be almost entirely

China and Russia win seats on UN rights council, Saudis lose

Oct. 13, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — China, Russia and Cuba won seats on the U.N.’s premiere human rights body Tuesday despite opposition from activist groups over their abysmal human rights records, but another target, Saudi Arabia, lost. Russia and Cuba were running unopposed, but China and Saudi Arabia were in...

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 file photo, Turkey's research vessel, Oruc Reis anchored off the coast of Antalya on the Mediterranean, Turkey. Greece accused neighbor Turkey of undermining efforts to ease a crisis over drilling rights in the eastern Mediterranean on Monday Oct. 12, 2020, after Turkey announced its survey vessel, the Oruc Reis, would be dispatched for a new research mission in disputed waters. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Greece calls new Turkish survey mission a threat to region

Oct. 12, 2020 12:06 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece accused neighbor Turkey of undermining efforts to ease a crisis over eastern Mediterranean drilling rights Monday, after Ankara redeployed a survey vessel for new energy exploration in disputed waters — including an area very close to a secluded Greek island. The move...

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 Friday, April 4, 2014 file photo, the skulls and bones of some of those who were slaughtered as they sought refuge inside the church are laid out as a memorial to the thousands who were killed in and around the Catholic church during the 1994 genocide in Ntarama, Rwanda. France's highest court on Wednesday Sept.30, 2020 rejected Rwandan genocide suspect Félicien Kabuga's appeal of a decision to extradite him to an international court in The Hague. Kabuga, one of the most-wanted fugitives in Rwanda's 1994 genocide, was arrested outside Paris in May after 25 years on the run. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

Rwandan genocide suspect seeks transfer to The Hague

Oct. 5, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The defense lawyer of an 87-year-old Rwandan genocide suspect arrested in France has appealed to an international court not to send him to Tanzania to face trial, but instead to transfer him to the Netherlands for health reasons, according to a written request filed Monday....

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...