Indian officials remember Armenian genocide victims

Photograph - Times.am Officials from the Indian foreign affairs ministry, currently visiting Armenia to hold discussions with their Armenian counterparts, visited the Armenian Genocide Museum and memorial on Tuesday. The Indian delegation, led by Sanjay Singh, the Secretary for Eastern affairs, lay flowers in memory of the victims of genocide at the Tsitsernakaberd memorial. Earlier this year, China's foreign minister, Yang Jiechi, paid tribute to the victims of the genocide, laying a wreath at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial and visiting the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, accompanied by its director, Hayk Demoyan. Over the past year there has been increasing international pressure on Turkey to recognise the atrocities as a genocide.

US cuts funding to UNESCO as Palestine gains seat

The United States have cut funding to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation as Palestine was awarded a seat in the 194 member body. A vote at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris saw 107 member states supporting the resolution admitting Palestine to the organisation, despite strong protest by the US and Israel. The US, Canada, Israel and Germany voted against the resolution while the UK abstained. France, Brazil, Russia, China, South Africa and India all voted for the resolution, which saw Palestine join the first UN agency since their bid for recognition in September. US State...

Israel hits back after UNESCO vote

In an apparent reaction to Palestine gaining a seat at UNESCO, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the construction of 2,000 new housing units for Israelis, in occupied areas of East Jerusalem and the West Bank. 1,650 new units, which are deemed illegal under international law, would be built in East Jerusalem, an area the Palestinians claim as the capital of their future state. In addition, Israel has decided to withhold the transfer of tax revenues that it collects on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA), and a decision is pending on whether this will become permanent...

Korea jails US soldier for 10 years

A Korean court sentenced an US soldier for 10 years in jail for the rape of an 18 year old girl. Kevin Lee Flippin, from the US Army’s 2nd Infantry Division was found guilty of breaking into the house of his 18 year old victim and raping her repeatedly, in September this year. The US Arm’s 2nd Infantry Division has issued an apology to the victim and her family and has confirmed its cooperation with the Korean police in regards to this case. America has more than 28,000 troops stationed in South Korea, with protests against the continued military presence occurring frequently. Read the BBC's...

U.S. extends sanctions on Sudan

The United states extended sanctions on Sudan for another year on Tuesday, stating that Khartoum's policies on human rights and relations with South Sudan, had not improved enough to warrant the lifting of sanctions. Sanctions on trade, investment and the holding of assets by Sudanese government officials, were introduce in 1997. The US offered the lifting of sanction if Sudan cooporated with the referendum and independence of South Sudan earlier this year. Despite South Sudan's declaration of independence however, Sudanese government forces have been responsible for violence in the Blue nile...

Obituary: Elouise Cobell

From the BBC : For 14 years Elouise Cobell fought a legal battle to recover billions of dollars that had been systematically plundered from Native Americans by the US government. During the action it emerged that the government's Bureau of Indian Affairs had, over the previous 100 years, sold off Indian land to farmers and prospectors but failed to pass the money on. A qualified accountant, Yellow Bird Woman, as Cobell was known in her native Blackfoot nation, raised the huge sums of money necessary to fight the case. Along the way she encountered opposition from the various US...

Bosnian Serb military commanders guilty of involvement in Srebrenica genocide

Bosnian war crimes court charged two Bosnian Serb military commanders with involvement in the Srebrenica genocide on Monday. Judge Ljubomir Kitic, found the two commanders from the first battalion of the Zvornik brigade, Slavko Peric and Momir Pelemis, guilty of involvement in the detention and the systematic killing of at least 1000 Bosnian Muslim men in the region of Srebrenica. Kitic remarked, "Peric and Pelemis took part in a joint criminal enterprise with other members of the Bosnian Serb army and police , having a common plan and purpose to permanently and forcibly transfer the entire...

Leader of US ‘Kill Team’ begins trial

Staff Sgt Calvin Gibbs, an American soldier accused of committing war crimes in Afghanistan, has admitted taking fingers off bodies as war trophies, as his trial began on Monday. Gibbs is facing 16 criminal charges, including premeditated murder, before a court martial, all of which he has pleaded not guilty to. It is alleged that he led a rogue unit of the US Army the 5th Stryker Brigade, known as the “Kill Team”, into murdering innocent Afghan civilians, in Kandahar province in late 2009. Members of the unit then posed with their dead bodies for photos and kept body parts as mementos. Gibbs...

Assad warns West of “earthquakes” if they intervene

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned Western nations of an “earthquake” and of “another Afghanistan” if they were to take action against the country. In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph , Assad said, "Syria is the hub now in this region. It is the fault line, and if you play with the ground you will cause an earthquake … Do you want to see another Afghanistan, or tens of Afghanistans? "Any problem in Syria will burn the whole region. If the plan is to divide Syria, that is to divide the whole region." Assad went on to say that he believed the West would “definitely” increase...

Bangladeshi war crimes tribunal deferred

The tribunal looking into allegations of war crimes committed in the brutal Bangladeshi war of independence has been deferred until the 20th of November. The lawyer for defendant Delwar Hossain Sayyidi, who is charged with crimes against humanity, genocide and rape, has asked for a review of the charges and the withdrawal of the tribunal’s chairman. Tribunal Chairman Nizamul Huq is accused by the lawyer of bias. Bangladesh’s main opposition, led by Khaleda Zia, have called the tribunal a ‘farce’ and claim a political vendetta is being carried out. Stephen Kay, who is an interntional court...

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