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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…

Mladic calls charges against him ‘monstrous’, ‘obnoxious’

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Former Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladic faced the U.N. war crimes tribunal on Friday as a defiant general who never lost a battle, denying the charges against him as “obnoxious” and “monstrous.” Wearing a military forage cap, which he later removed, Mladic began the hearing…

U.S. announces charges against five 9/11 terror suspects

WASHINGTON — US military prosecutors at Guantanamo were expected to file fresh charges on Tuesday against the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and four alleged co-conspirators. The recommendations, which must still be approved by a military tribunal official, set the stage for the high-profile Al-Qaeda suspects to…

U.S. recommends death penalty in USS Cole attack

WASHINGTON — A US military prosecutor is recommending the prime suspect in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole be tried at Guantanamo in what would be the first military tribunal under the Obama administration, the Pentagon said Wednesday. “Military commissions prosecutors have sworn charges against Abd al-Rahim Hussayn Muhammad…

Redford: ‘The parallels are obvious’ between my movie and Bush-era policies

In Robert Redford’s new movie, The Conspirator, a cabinet official decides that what he thinks can assure the stability of the nation is more important that the individual liberties afforded by the Constitution of that nation. Thus, he pursues military tribunals instead of civilian trials for those he determines are…

US sends first ambassador to Syria since 2005 rift

DAMASCUS – Robert Ford, the first US ambassador to Syria since 2005, arrived Sunday in Damascus on a challenging mission to re-engage the two countries which disagree on a raft of important issues. “United States Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford arrived in Damascus today in the afternoon,” the embassy said…

Hezbollah and allies to topple Lebanon govenment: source

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Ministers from Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement and its political allies will resign on Wednesday, forcing the collapse of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s government, political sources said. “The resignation statement has been written and will be announced at 4.30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. ET),” said a senior political source, who…

Obama may deny KSM a trial: report

White House has given up on shutting down Guantanamo Bay: report President Barack Obama will have the final word on whether Khalid Sheikh Mohammed will be given a trial or whether the man dubbed the “mastermind” of the 9/11 attacks will remain imprisoned without trial indefinitely, the Washington Post reports.…

Holder: Death penalty may not be an option in military tribunals

Politicians on both sides of the aisle have questioned the Obama administration’s plan to try Guantanamo Bay detainees in civilian courts. But the alternative — military tribunals — may prevent suspects from being sentenced to the harshest of penalties, Attorney General Eric Holder says. Holder told CBS News Sunday that…

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