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They fled Boko Haram, only to be raped by Nigeria’s security forces

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: The camp was supposed to be a refuge. Falmata’s life had been stolen by war ever since the sixth grade, when she was abducted from her home and raped repeatedly by Boko Haram’s fighters for the next three years, reported New York Times. She finally escaped last spring, slipping into the bush while…

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December 8, 2017


Blaming Iran, Saudi says missile strike may be ‘act of war’

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia and Iran traded fierce accusations over Yemen on Monday as Riyadh said a rebel missile attack “may amount to an act of war” and Tehran accused its rival of war crimes. Tensions have been rising between Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia and predominantly Shiite Iran, which back opposing sides in wars and power struggles…

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November 7, 2017


Rohingya mother says Burmese soldiers threw her baby into fire, gang-raped her later

NEWS DESK: ​Hundreds of women stood in the river, held at gunpoint, ordered not to move. A pack of soldiers stepped toward a petite young woman with light brown eyes and delicate cheekbones. Her name was Rajuma, and she was standing chest-high in the water, clutching her baby son, while her village in Burma burned…

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October 12, 2017


Russia accuses US-lead coalition of ‘war crimes’ in Iraq

The Russian defence ministry on Saturday accused the US-led coalition fighting jihadists in Iraq of committing war cries, a day after an air raid killed 15 women at a shrine near the city of Kirkuk. “We have observed several times that these deadly strikes… which have all the hallmarks of war crimes, have practically become…

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October 22, 2016


Kerry, Lavrov to resume talks on Syria despite war crimes row

MOSCOW/BEIRUT: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will meet his Russian counterpart in Switzerland on Saturday to discuss Syria, officials said on Wednesday, as a devastating bombing campaign of the city of Aleppo intensified.

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October 13, 2016


India aims to distract world from war crimes in IOK: Maleeha

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan’s permanent ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi Friday said India wants to distract world from its war crimes and sustained brutalities in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Lodhi was of the opinion that nuclear-armed states should behave responsibly and seek resolution of all issues through dialogues. She is meeting UN chief Ban Ki-moon…

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September 30, 2016


Israel approves jailing ‘terrorists’ from age 12

JERUSALEM: Israeli lawmakers approved jailing children as young as 12 convicted of “terrorist offences” in the wake of repeated attacks by young Palestinians, the parliament said on Wednesday. “The ‘Youth Bill,’ which will allow the authorities to imprison a minor convicted of serious crimes such as murder, attempted murder or manslaughter even if he or she…

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August 3, 2016


Clashes in Bangladesh after Islamist leader’s hanging

DHAKA: Bangladesh police fired rubber bullets at protesters on Wednesday, after the execution of a top Islamist leader heightened tensions in a country reeling from the murders of several secular and liberal activists. The violence came as police charged Khaleda Zia, leader of the main Bangladesh opposition, with masterminding arson attacks during anti-government protests last…

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May 12, 2016


Pakistan summons Bangladeshi envoy, lodges protest

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday summoned Acting High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Foreign Office to lodge a protest on the statements of Bangladesh government. Foreign Office Spokesperson in a statement issued here today said the Acting Bangladesh High Commissioner to Pakistan was summoned by Director General (SA & SAARC) and was informed that the Government of…

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November 30, 2015


Bangladesh hangs opposition leaders for ‘war crimes’

DHAKA: Bangladesh hanged two top opposition leaders Sunday for alleged war crimes committed during 1971 conflict with Pakistan. Authorities then boosted security across the country over fears of unrest. Opposition leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, former legislator from former premier Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), were hanged shortly after President…

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November 22, 2015


Syria regime air raids kill 37 civilians near Damascus

BEIRUT: At least 31 civilians were killed in Syrian government air strikes on Eastern Ghouta near Damascus on Wednesday, as a barrage of deadly rebel rocket fire hit the capital, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 120 people were injured in the raids, several of them seriously, and that the…

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August 12, 2015


Bangladesh upholds war crimes death sentence of top Islamist

DHAKA: Bangladesh's highest court on Tuesday upheld the death sentence against the second highest ranked Islamist leader for war crimes during the country's battle for independence, paving the way for his hanging. In a brief ruling, Chief Justice S.K. Sinha “dismissed” Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid's appeal against his sentence, an AFP correspondent at the Supreme…

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June 16, 2015


Bangladesh hangs top JI leader for war crimes

DHAKA: Bangladesh authorities on Saturday hanged a top Jamat-e-Islami leader for overseeing a massacre during the nation's independence war, officials said. “Mohammad Kamaruzzaman has been executed at 10.30pm Bangladesh time (1630 GMT),” law and justice minister Anisul Huq told AFP. Four specially trained convicts took him to a makeshift gallows, set up near his prison…

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April 11, 2015


ICC not to prosecute Israel's raid on Gaza flotilla

HAGUE, NETHERLANDS: The International Criminal Court will not prosecute over Israel's raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010 despite a “reasonable basis to believe” that war crimes were committed. 10 Turkish activists had died in the attack. “The information available does not provide for a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation of the situation…

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November 6, 2014

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