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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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