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Families of victims of Europe’s worst massacre since WWII finally get justice

Bosnian war criminal Slobodan Praljak dramatically ended his life by drinking poison just seconds after judges announced his conviction in The Hague courtroom on Wednesday. Praljak, 72, was among the
The Container That Croat War Criminal Praljak Drank From Held a Deadly Chemical, Prosecutor Says

The Container That Croat War Criminal Praljak Drank From Held a Deadly Chemical, Prosecutor Says

The wartime commander of Bosnian Croat forces said in court that he had taken poison
Slobodan Praljak's suicide reopens old wounds in Bosnia

Slobodan Praljak's suicide reopens old wounds in Bosnia

In his hometown of Čapljina, the convicted Croat general is hailed by many as a hero, while others have less rosy memoriesOn the main square of the quiet town of Čapljina, hundreds of candles on the
Security clampdown at The Hague amid fears of further suicides

Security clampdown at The Hague amid fears of further suicides

Dutch police open investigation after death of Bosnian Croat general Slobodan Praljak in the dockInvestigators at the UN’s war crimes court in The Hague are scrambling to seal security breaches amid
Praljak and Goering: the suicides of two war criminals raise questions and tell a story | Open door

Praljak and Goering: the suicides of two war criminals raise questions and tell a story | Open door

When justice is thwarted, the value to the public of journalists as independent observers is reaffirmed The suicide by poisoning of a Bosnian Croat war criminal in a courtroom at The Hague last week
The Hague says claims of war crimes by UK troops have 'reasonable basis'

The Hague says claims of war crimes by UK troops have 'reasonable basis'

International criminal court to press ahead with investigating allegations that British forces mistreated detainees in IraqThe chief prosecutor at the international criminal court in The Hague, Fatou
The Observer view on the effectiveness of international law | Observer editorial

The Observer view on the effectiveness of international law | Observer editorial

World justice is failing the innocent when tyrants kill with impunityThe recent conviction of Ratko Mladić, the former Bosnian Serb commander, on charges of genocide, war crimes and crimes against

Houthi rebels fire missile at Riyadh after Saudi airstrikes kill 136 in Yemen

As Saudi-led airstrikes pummeled Sanaa, Hodeidah, and Marib in Yemen — resulting in 136 deaths over 12 days, including nine children and 45 pro-government prisoners — a Houthi-fired missile was aimed
Hague poisoning: Bosnian Croat general's cyanide impossible to detect – inquiry

Hague poisoning: Bosnian Croat general's cyanide impossible to detect – inquiry

Slobodan Praljak’s suicide was difficult to prevent because the vial was small and intrusive searches are limited, judge says The potassium cyanide that Bosnian Croat war criminal Slobodan Praljak
World's awkward silence over Rohingya genocide warnings

World's awkward silence over Rohingya genocide warnings

With no appetite for humanitarian intervention and no support for a powerful ICC, there is unlikely to be justice in Myanmar or elsewhereA stark warning from the UN in mid-December that genocide may
Back on the tourist trail: the hotel where women were raped and tortured

Back on the tourist trail: the hotel where women were raped and tortured

A Bosnian hotel where terrible crimes were committed by Serb paramilitaries is at the centre of conflict between survivors who want a memorial and those who would rather forgetThe TripAdvisor reviews
‘I wanted to channel the anger’: Europe's fearless political playwrights

‘I wanted to channel the anger’: Europe's fearless political playwrights

They’ve stormed the Reichstag, turned terrorism into absurd comedy and asked their audiences for answers. Meet five theatre-makers grappling with crises across the continent.By Daniel Boffey,
Addis Ababa massacre – in pictures

Addis Ababa massacre – in pictures

The Addis Ababa massacre or Graziani massacre, in which 20,000 to 30,000 Ethiopians were killed by Italian occupying forces on 19 February 1937, is commemorated at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the
Kosovo: top war crimes prosecutor forced to leave amid US state department inertia

Kosovo: top war crimes prosecutor forced to leave amid US state department inertia

David Schwendiman said he is being made to leave the job at a critical stage of the tribunal’s work with no designated successorThe chief prosecutor of a war crimes court for Kosovo has said he is
Russia suspected of using 'dumb' bombs to shift blame for Syria war crimes

Russia suspected of using 'dumb' bombs to shift blame for Syria war crimes

UN sources say Moscow’s use of weapons similar to those used by Syrian regime could be attempt to mask involvement in airstrikesThe Russian air force has used unguided “dumb” bombs in Syria, in what
“The Abe cabinet should resign en masse”: Japan’s big political scandal just got worse

“The Abe cabinet should resign en masse”: Japan’s big political scandal just got worse

For Shinzo Abe and his inner circle, it’s the scandal that won’t go away. Last year, the Japanese prime minister faced favoritism allegations over his…
Iraq is a reminder that totalitarianism didn't start with Trump | Ajay Singh Chaudhary

Iraq is a reminder that totalitarianism didn't start with Trump | Ajay Singh Chaudhary

This month marks 15 years since the US-led invasion of Iraq. With all the talk of ‘totalitarianism’ in the Trump era, let’s not forget what came before People talk a lot about “totalitarianism” in the
ICC prosecutes Islamist militant on groundbreaking gender-based charges

ICC prosecutes Islamist militant on groundbreaking gender-based charges

Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz Ag Mohamed Ag Mahmoud accused of forcing Malian women into sexual slaveryThe international criminal court in the Hague has launched a potentially groundbreaking new

Trump’s Erratic Threats to Bashar al-Assad

The President and his new national-security adviser, John Bolton, are in an especially bad position to respond to the atrocities in Syria.
Chemical weapons inspectors still haven't accessed Douma

Chemical weapons inspectors still haven't accessed Douma

An inspection remains up in the air after a U.N. security team fell under gunfire and explosions Wednesday