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European Parliament backs UN report on Gaza war

BRUSSELS – (AP) In a move likely to worsen EU ties with Israel, the European Parliament urged its 27-member states Wednesday to monitor the Israeli and Palestinian probes into alleged war crimes in Gaza. The parliament also called on Israel to immediately open border crossings with the Gaza...

Trial begins over death of US activist in Gaza

HAIFA, Israel – (AP) The family of an American activist who was fatally crushed by an Israeli bulldozer in Gaza accused the Israeli military of whitewashing its investigation into the death Wednesday in opening a civil case against Israel. The parents of Rachel Corrie are seeking unspecified...

Serbia: Case against Bosnia's Ganic is strong

BELGRADE Serbia – (APINTL) Serbia has formally asked Britain to extradite ex-Bosnian leader Ejup Ganic and believes its case against him is strong, a Serbian war crimes prosecutor said Wednesday. The 64-year-old former Bosnian vice president was arrested March 1 at London's Heathrow airport...

Press group: 8 reporters kidnapped in Mexican city

MEXICO CITY – (AP) Eight journalists were kidnapped in a northern Mexican border city over a period of two weeks in a wave of abductions unprecedented in the Western Hemisphere, the Inter-American Press Association reported. The group said Wednesday that only three of the journalists kidnapped...

Ex-nuclear chief condemns Egypt security beatings

CAIRO – (AP) The former U.N. nuclear chief turned Egyptian reform advocate on Thursday strongly condemned the beating of one of his supporters, allegedly by State Security agents, adding that the tactic would not silence calls for change. Mohamed ElBaradei said in a statement received by The...

HRW: West should press Syria on human rights

BEIRUT – (AP) Western nations must press Syria on its human rights record as the country emerges from international isolation, a rights group said Thursday. The United States, France and other nations recently have boosted engagement with Syria, a country seen as key to peace in the region...

Haiti: Kidnappers release 2 European aid workers

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – (AP) Kidnappers have freed two Swiss women snatched off the streets of Haiti's capital and held for five days, officials said Thursday. It is the first reported kidnapping since Haiti suffered a magnitude-7 earthquake with catastrophic damage on Jan. 12. More than...

Yemen holds NJ man after al-Qaida sweep, shootout

BUENA, N.J. – (AP) He was raised in New Jersey, where he was on the high school wrestling team and earned a black belt in karate. Nearly a decade later, Sharif Mobley is under arrest in Yemen, suspected of being an al-Qaida member and accused of killing a guard in an attempt to break out of a hospital...

Sweden labels mass killing of Armenians genocide

STOCKHOLM – (AP) Sweden's parliament narrowly approved a resolution Thursday recognizing the 1915 mass killing of Armenians in Turkey as genocide, prompting the Turkish government to recall its ambassador in protest. The measure passed with a one-vote margin in a surprise decision that...

Vietnam releases leading dissident from prison

HANOI, Vietnam – (AP) Vietnam released one of its leading democracy activists from prison Monday after the dissident Catholic priest spent three years and suffered two strokes in solitary confinement, his lawyer and sister said. Authorities released Father Nguyen Van Ly from a prison near Hanoi...

Indonesia urges US to reconsider ban on training

JAKARTA, Indonesia – (AP) Indonesia urged the U.S. on Monday to consider lifting a ban on working with a commando unit accused of human rights abuses a decade ago, saying the country's military has undergone significant reform. Indonesia's special forces have concentrated on counterinsurgency...

UN expert: No. Korean farm controls causing hunger

GENEVA – (APINTL) North Korea should let farms produce freely and allow food to be sold in local markets because the communist government cannot provide enough food for its people, a U.N. human rights investigator urged Monday. Vitit Muntarbhorn said North Korea's regime stopped small-scale...

State Dept says it cannot stop genocide resolution

WASHINGTON – (AP) A U.S. congressional resolution that would recognize World War I-era killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide could go forward despite opposition from the Obama administration. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon told reporters there is no deal with Democratic...

UN rights chief says Gaza war probes inadequate

GENEVA – (AP) The U.N.'s top human rights official criticized Israeli and Palestinian authorities on Wednesday for failing to properly investigate alleged war crimes last year in the Gaza Strip. A U.N.-appointed expert panel led by South African Judge Richard Goldstone recommended in September...

Amnesty calls on EU to stop torture exports

BRUSSELS – (APINTL) Human rights group Amnesty International urged the European Union on Wednesday to close legal loopholes used by companies to export equipment it said could be used for torture. The group said in a report that the Czech Republic and Germany have exported electric shock devices...

China defends itself against Britain rights report

BEIJING – (APINTL) China on Thursday defended itself against Britain's newly released annual report on human rights, calling its accusations "a political show." Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular news conference that China is making progress on human rights...

Amnesty calls for more freedom in Cuba

HAVANA – (AP) The human rights group Amnesty international appealed to Cuban President Raul Castro to release political prisoners and scrap laws that restrict fundamental freedoms, using the seventh anniversary of a major crackdown on dissent to call for change. Amnesty was especially critical...

UK can't guarantee allies don't torture detainees

LONDON – (APINTL) Britain's government can't completely rule out that its allies torture detainees while seeking to tackle the threat from terrorism, according to an official report released Wednesday. An annual report on human rights, issued by Foreign Secretary David Miliband, said...

Myanmar guerrilla chief warns of war ahead of vote

BANGKOK – (APINTL) The head of Myanmar's largest guerrilla army warned Friday that the risk of armed conflict between powerful ethnic minority groups and the military regime is at its highest level in more than two decades as contentious national elections loom on the horizon. The junta...

Rights groups warn of Web use by racists

VIENNA – (AP) Three European human rights organizations are warning that social networking sites are being used to spread racist and xenophobic views especially among young people. In a statement the groups express alarm over an "ever-increasing" use of the Internet by racist groups...

Cambodian bans women from marrying South Koreans

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – (AP) Cambodia has temporarily barred its citizens from marrying South Korean men after two dozen women were sold into marriage by matchmakers the second time the government has imposed such a ban. Koy Kuong, a Cambodian Foreign Ministry spokesman, said the ban, which...

Top Somali judge asks for help after judge deaths

NAIROBI, Kenya – (AP) About 10 judges have been killed in the last four years because of violence in Somalia or as a direct result of their jobs, the country's chief justice said. Somalia's court system is being undermined by a lack of security, irregular financing and interference...

Egypt frees Israeli journalist arrested at border

JERUSALEM – (AP) An Israeli journalist arrested by Egyptian police last week while sneaking across the border with African migrants returned home on Monday, saying he had been beaten in captivity and that some of his materials had been confiscated. Journalist Yotam Feldman was detained on March...

NKorea to try American for illegal entry

SEOUL, South Korea – (AP) North Korea said Monday that it will put an American on trial for illegally entering the country from China. State-run media identified him as 30-year-old Aijalon Mahli Gomes, of Boston, and said "his crime has been confirmed." The brief dispatch from the...

Amnesty slams torture of detainees in Kazakhstan

ALMATY Kazakhstan – (APINTL) Human rights group Amnesty International on Monday urged the government of Kazakhstan to clamp down on what it said was the widespread torture and unauthorized detention of criminal suspects by police. The former Soviet Central Asian nation's human rights record...