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Defiant Khmer Rouge genocide defendants upset victims

Khmer Rouge survivors reacted with dismay Tuesday as a top regime leader walked out of his genocide trial for a second day and a co-defendant sought acquittal under a 15-year-old amnesty. The elderly suspects’ defiant attitude underlined the challenges facing Cambodia’s UN-backed war crimes court in a case long awaited…

Cambodian court opens landmark Khmer Rouge trial

PHNOM PENH (AFP) – Four top Khmer Rouge leaders went on trial at Cambodia’s UN-backed war crimes court on Monday for genocide and other atrocities during the hardline communist regime’s reign of terror in the 1970s. The case, described as the most complex since the Nazi trials after World War…

US hails Rwanda genocide verdict

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Saturday welcomed the genocide conviction of a Rwandan ex-minister for women’s empowerment, saying it was “an important step” in the long journey toward accountability for the Rwandan people. Judges at the UN court for Rwanda sentenced Pauline Nyiramasuhuko on Friday to life in…

Rwanda ex-army chief gets 30 years for role in genocide

ARUSHA, Tanzania (AFP) – The UN court for Rwanda handed the general who was army chief for most of the 1994 genocide a 30-year jail term Tuesday for his role in the mass killing, including calling for the murder of ethnic Tutsis. It also jailed two senior officers for ordering…

WATCH: Eyewitness footage of violence, protests in Libya

The violence and protests in Libya continue to rage on, leaving hundreds dead and wounded in the wake of what some are calling a genocide situation. Sunday, troops loyal to Muammar Gaddafi launched a counter-offensive against rebel towns, using tanks, helicopters and heavy artillery to hold back protestors. Storyful’s Ed Rice has…

Rwandan genocide trial opens in Germany

FRANKFURT (AFP) – A former Rwandan mayor went on trial on Tuesday accused of ordering three Tutsi massacres during the country’s 1994 genocide, in the first such case prosecuted in Germany. Onesphore Rwabukombe, a 54-year-old ethnic Hutu, is accused of genocide, murder as well as incitement to genocide and murder…

Israeli spiritual leader: ‘May God strike down’ Palestinians

Statement condemned as ‘incitement to genocide’ JERUSALEM — The spiritual head of a religious party in Israel’s ruling coalition has damned Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas and his people ahead of the Washington summit, stirring an angry reaction on Sunday. “May all the nasty people who hate Israel, like Abu Mazen…

UN: Attacks on Hutus in 1990s could be genocide

UN draft report: Rwandan army attacks on refugees in Congo in the 1990s could be genocide A leaked U.N. draft report says the Rwandan army and its Congolese rebel allies committed massacres in Congo in the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide that could also be classified as genocide, using hoes…

Huntington Library gives Nazi papers to National Archives

Documents that historians say laid the legal groundwork for the execution of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust were turned over to the National Archives on Wednesday. The private, nonprofit Huntington Library formally handed the Nuremberg Laws to archive officials during a news conference at The Huntington’s sprawling complex of…

International Criminal Court charges Sudan’s president with genocide

The International Criminal Court added three genocide counts Monday to the charges against Sudan’s President Omar al-Beshir in a move hailed as “a victory” by rebels. “There are reasonable grounds to believe that (Omar al-Beshir) acted with specific intent to destroy in part the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawaethnic groups” in Darfur, said…

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