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Judge to Nonprofit: You Can Serve Lawsuit by Tweet

California group has been trying to track down terror funding suspect in Kuwait to no avail

(Newser) - A California nonprofit was having a hard time serving a Kuwaiti sheikh with lawsuit papers, so it got permission to do it in the most 21st-century way possible: on Twitter. Courthouse News Service reports that a federal judge is allowing St. Francis of Assisi, which assists refugees, to tweet the... More »

'Butcher of Bosnia' Gets 40 Years for Genocide

Radovan Karadzic also guilty of war crimes

(Newser) - A UN tribunal has found Radovan Karadzic, aka the "Butcher of Bosnia," guilty of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity and sentenced the 70-year-old to 40 years in prison. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia found the former Bosnian Serb leader "criminally responsible" for... More »

Kerry: ISIS Is Committing Genocide

Says US will support efforts to 'analyze the evidence of atrocities'

(Newser) - John Kerry says the Islamic State is committing genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and Shiite groups in Iraq and Syria. The secretary of state announced his findings from the White House on Thursday, citing evidence from a number of sources. "Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology, and by its... More »

After 21 Years, Rwandan Genocide Fugitive Found

Ladislas Ntaganzwa was arrested in eastern Congo

(Newser) - Interpol agents arrested a Rwandan with a $5 million bounty on his head who is among the most wanted for the 1994 genocide, officials said Thursday. Ladislas Ntaganzwa was arrested in the eastern Congo city of Goma late Monday, according to Rwandan Prosecutor General Richard Muhumuza. Ntaganzwa is among the... More »

Russia: Sorry, Srebrenica Was Not a Genocide

UN resolution fails in 10-1 vote with Russian veto

(Newser) - Russia has vetoed a UN resolution that would have condemned the 1995 massacre at Srebrenica during the Bosnian war as a "crime of genocide." The Security Council put the resolution to a vote today despite appeals from Russia and China not to vote because of divisions in the... More »

Sudan's Leader Evades Arrest Once Again— via Private Jet

Leader is wanted by ICC for war crimes

(Newser) - For six years and counting, Omar al-Bashir has evaded arrest and a trial at the International Criminal Court on genocide and crimes against humanity charges stemming from the Darfur conflict , and it appears he may have slipped through the cracks again—this time in South Africa. The Sudanese leader was... More »

100 Years Later, Armenia Remembers Mass Killings

But certain countries—notably Turkey and the US—still won't call it 'genocide'

(Newser) - Turkey may not recognize the killings of 1.5 million Armenians as genocide , but other world leaders do and are paying tribute to the 100th anniversary of the massacre today, the BBC reports. "We will never forget the tragedies that your people have endured," French President Francois Hollande... More »

Unlike Pope, Obama Won't Use the G-Word

Calling Armenian genocide a genocide isn't 'in the interest of all parties'

(Newser) - President Obama vowed to refer to the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians during the collapse of the Ottoman Empire as a genocide while campaigning in 2008. Since then, he hasn't done so once and won't break from tradition on Friday with a statement marking the 100th anniversary... More »

Furious With Francis, Turkey Yanks Ambassador

After pope labeled Armenian genocide a genocide

(Newser) - Pope Francis today lamented the deaths a century ago of some 1.5 million Armenians as one of "three massive and unprecedented tragedies" that struck the last century, reports the BBC , and the AP adds that Turkey wasted little time in yanking its ambassador to the Vatican after the... More »

Serbia, Croatia Cleared of Genocide

ICJ says claims of genocide in Balkan Wars were not proven

(Newser) - Neither Serbia nor Croatia committed genocide in the wake of Yugoslavia's collapse, the International Court of Justice says in a verdict this morning from the Hague, per Reuters . In a case filed in 1999, Croatia had claimed Serbia committed genocide, including during a three-month occupation in Vukovar, during the... More »

Israeli Paper Deletes Post Justifying 'Genocide'

'Times of Israel' calls it 'ignorant,' and author later apologizes

(Newser) - The Times of Israel has pulled a volatile blog post from its website that justified wiping out Palestinians from Gaza under the headline "When Genocide Is Permissible," reports Haaretz . The newspaper's opinion editor called the post "damnable and ignorant" and said it was uploaded by the... More »

300 Secret Cables Reveal Major Rwanda Missteps

US, UN pulled back, allowing genocide to unfold

(Newser) - Newly declassified cables from 1994 show that with Rwanda poised on the brink of genocide, world leaders were anxious to get UN peacekeeping forces out of the country as quickly as possible, reports the New York Times . They did so, and an estimated 800,000 people were massacred in 100... More »

Rwanda in Mourning, for a Week

Country marks 20 years since genocide began

(Newser) - Rwanda has launched a week of national mourning to mark the anniversary of the genocide that began 20 years ago today when the country's president's plane was shot down. At a ceremony today, President Paul Kagame will light a torch that will burn for 100 days—the length... More »

Acquittal Reversed, Karadzic Faces Genocide Charge

UN court reinstates charge

(Newser) - Appeals judges at the United Nations' Yugoslav war crimes tribunal have reinstated a genocide charge against Radovan Karadzic linked to a campaign of killing and mistreating non-Serbs at the start of the Bosnian war in 1992. Today's decision reversed the former Bosnian Serb leader's acquittal last year on... More »

Ex-Dictator's Genocide Conviction Overturned

Guatemala court orders weeks of Montt trial to be redone

(Newser) - Guatemala's highest court has chucked out the historic genocide conviction of former dictator Efrain Rios Montt. The court overturned the conviction—which brought an 80-year sentence for the 86-year-old former military strongman—and ordered for his trial to be rewound to April 19, when there was a dispute between... More »

Ex-Dictator, 86, Gets 80 Years for Genocide

Efrain Rios Montt of Guatemala convicted in mass deaths of villagers

(Newser) - A former Guatemalan dictator earned an awful place in history yesterday when he became the first former head of state convicted of genocide in his own country, reports the BBC . A court sentenced 86-year-old Efrain Rios Montt to 50 years for genocide and another 30 years for crimes against humanity,... More »

Khmer Rouge's 'Brother Number Three' Dead at 87

Ieng Sary helped Pol Pot found the communist regime

(Newser) - Ieng Sary, the brother-in-law of Pol Pot and co-founder of the communist Khmer Rouge regime, has died at age 87, Cambodia says. His death comes amid his trial for genocide between 1975 and 1979, the BBC notes; he'd been hospitalized since March 4 and died of "irreversible cardiac... More »

Rwandan Woman Loses US Citizenship Over Genocide

Beatrice Munyenyezi lied over her family's role, says New Hampshire jury

(Newser) - A small window into the Rwandan genocide of 1994 has played out in a New Hampshire courtroom, resulting in the loss of US citizenship for a woman who came here after the massacre. A jury ruled that Beatrice Munyenyezi, 43, covered up the role she and her family played in... More »

Hundreds of Rwandans Protest Genocide Verdict

They accuse UN court of going easy on alleged mass killers

(Newser) - Hundreds of Rwandans marched today on the offices of the United Nations tribunal set up to try key cases related to Rwanda's 1994 genocide, to protest the court's decision to acquit two former cabinet ministers accused of masterminding killings. The protesters, bearing placards denouncing the Arusha, Tanzania-based International... More »

Guatemala Ex-Dictator Heads for Genocide Trial

Montt accused of overseeing atrocities against Mayan civilians

(Newser) - A former US-backed dictator who presided over one of the bloodiest periods of Guatemala's civil war will stand trial on charges he ordered the murder, torture, and displacement of thousands of Mayan Indians, a judge has ruled. Human rights advocates have said that the prosecution of Jose Efrain Rios... More »

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