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ICC overturns war crimes conviction for ex-Congolese leader Bemba

ICC overturns war crimes conviction for ex-Congolese leader Bemba

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June 8 (UPI) -- The International Criminal Court on Friday overturned the conviction of former Congolese leader Jean-Pierre Bemba, who had been sentenced to 18 years in prison for war crimes in the Central African Republic. Presiding Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert said Bemba cannot be held accountable for the actions of his rebels, who raped, pillaged and murdered in 2002 and 2003. He sent fighters from the Movement for the Liberation of Congo to CAR to suppress an attempted government coup. The ICC, headquartered in the Netherlands, in 2016 convicted Bemba for the war crimes after a six-year trial, saying he knew about the war crimes. But Van den Wyngaert said the 2016 panel "made serious errors" in considering whether Bemba took reasonable measures to prevent his subordinates from co...
Report: North Korean leader wants security guarantee from Washington

Report: North Korean leader wants security guarantee from Washington

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SEOUL, April 9 (UPI) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is willing to "complete denuclearize," in return for a security guarantee from the United States, Japanese media reported Monday.According to Yomiuri Shimbun, Kim told Chinese leader Xi Jinping in their summit last month that he will give up his nukes as long as the United States guarantees the security of his regime and there is "full compensation" for denuclearization.The report says Kim clearly insisted that a security guarantee, the removal of international sanctions and broad economic support must first be provided, rather than coincide with the denuclearization process.According to diplomatic source cited by Yomiuri, if the U.S. "faithfully takes part in the summit," the North Korean leader is ready to be more active and open to...
Holocaust Museum revokes human rights award to Myanmar leader Suu Kyi

Holocaust Museum revokes human rights award to Myanmar leader Suu Kyi

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March 7 (UPI) -- The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has rescinded a human rights award it gave to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi for failing to act on the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in her country.The award, named after Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel, was given to Suu Kyi in 2012 shortly after she was released from a 15-year house arrest for resisting the country's military dictatorship and advocating for human rights in her country.But the museum says that since Suu Kyi was elected to lead Burma in 2016, she allowed the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority to worsen."As the military's attacks against the Rohingya unfolded in 2016 and 2017, we had hoped that you -- as someone we and many others have celebrated for your commitment to human dignity an...
The Latest: Opposition leader Gayoom arrested in Maldives

The Latest: Opposition leader Gayoom arrested in Maldives

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The Latest on turmoil in the Maldives after the Supreme Court ordered the release of political prisoners (all times local): 11.15 a.m. Former dictator and opposition politician Maumoon Abdul Gayoom can be seen on a cell phone video shot by his daughter being quietly escorted from his home by Maldives security forces, hugging friends and family and waving to supporters before being driven away. Shortly before his arrest on Monday night, he sent a message on Twitter saying a large deployment of police had surrounded his house: "To protect me or to arrest me? No idea." His lawyer, Maumoon Hameed, said Gayoom faced charges including bribery and attempting to overthrow the government. Gayoom was president from 1978 to 2008, when Maldives became a multiparty democracy. The government arrested t...
Palestinian leader says U.S. out of peace talks until Jerusalem policy reversed

Palestinian leader says U.S. out of peace talks until Jerusalem policy reversed

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Jan. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. involvement with resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is off the table until President Donald Trump revokes his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a top Palestinian negotiator said Tuesday.Saeb Erekat told official Palestinian Authority radio that resuming negotiations with the United States is "unacceptable" and that Palestinians would reject all peace talks until Trump reverses his stance on Jerusalem.Trump announced on Dec. 6 the United States would move its embassy from Tel Aviv as part of the change, which the president said was in the interest of peace between Israelis and Palestinians.After the announcement, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said the United States had surrendered its role as a mediator of the peace talks,...