AMSTERDAM (AP) — The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court — the permanent war crimes court in The Hague, Netherlands — says she has received a complaint about Israel's 2010 raid on a humanitarian aid flotilla bound for Gaza strip, and she will open a preliminary investigation.
The complaint comes from the tiny African state of Comoros, a member of the court, though Israel is not. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement she met with lawyers representing Comoros on Tuesday. A ship targeted in the raid, the Mavi Marmari, was registered in Comoros.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The International Criminal Court in The Hague says it has opened a formal investigation into allegations by four people who say they were subjected to sexual abuse by a court staff member working in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The war crimes court said Friday it is "profoundly concerned by these grave allegations" and had taken steps to protect the alleged victims. It said the investigation was aimed at "establishing the facts underlying the allegations and fairly determining any possible responsibilities."
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A long-standing debate over whether Germany still owes Greece war reparations stemming from the Nazi occupation erupted anew Thursday in a spat between Greece's foreign minister and Germany's finance minister.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was quoted by German media as suggesting that Greece should focus on reforming its economy and that the issue of war reparations was definitively closed years ago.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's foreign minister says international law will determine whether Germany still owes Greece money for forced World War II loans, the latest statement in a growing spat over war reparations.
Dimitris Avramopoulos said Thursday there was no relationship between the issue and Greece's international financial bailout. During negotiations for the bailout, Germany pressed Greece hard for unpopular austerity measures.
BEIRUT (AP) — A U.S.-based rights group on Thursday accused Syria of committing war crimes by indiscriminate and sometimes deliberate airstrikes against civilians, killing at least 4,300 people since last summer.
Human Rights Watch said Syrian fighter jets have targeted bakeries, bread lines and hospitals in the country's north.
The report came as government forces launched a counteroffensive in the southern province of Daraa, where rebels have been making progress for weeks in the strategic region close to Damascus.
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Barred from speaking at a U.N. meeting on international criminal justice, Bosnian activist Munira Subasic, who lost 22 close family members in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, said she felt powerless as she listened to Serbia's ultranationalist president attack the U.N. war crimes tribunal for former Yugoslavia as politically biased.
JERUSALEM (AP) — A newspaper op-ed piece by an Israeli writer has revived an emotional debate surrounding Israel's 45-year rule over the West Bank and east Jerusalem: Do Palestinians who throw rocks at Israelis exercise a "birthright" of resisting military occupation, as the author argued? Or is stone-throwing an indefensible act of violence?
The heated argument — along with a police complaint West Bank settlers filed against the author — was another sign of the deepening gulf between the two peoples after decades of conflict.
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A court in Bosnia on Friday convicted a Montenegrin man of multiple counts of murder, torture, rape and looting during Bosnia's 1992-95 war, and sentenced him to 45 years in prison — the highest sentence ever issued in the country.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Rwandan-born warlord known as "The Terminator" has said he is not guilty of charges including murder, rape pillaging and using child soldiers in eastern Congo at his first appearance before the International Criminal Court since his surprise surrender last week.
Bosco Ntaganda had been one of the court's longest-sought fugitives until he unexpectedly became the first suspect to voluntarily turn himself in by seeking refuge last week at the U.S. Embassy in the Rwandan capital, Kigali.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — African warlord Bosco Ntaganda was taken from the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda on Friday and flown to International Criminal Court in The Hague, where he faces charges including murder, rape and persecution in a rebel group's deadly reign of terror that gripped eastern Congo a decade ago.