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Bosnian Croat war criminal dies after taking poison in UN courtroom

December 5, 2017 ·  By Owen Bowcott for

Slobodan Praljak, second from right, sings a Croatian hymn with former soldiers before his departure to the Hague tribunal in April 2004. Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

Former commander Slobodan Praljak drank from bottle moments after judges upheld 20-year sentence in The Hague A former Bosnian Croat general has died after drinking a phial of poison while standing in the dock at a UN tribunal in The Hague, where his war crimes sentence of 20 years was upheld. Seconds after the judges […]


Argentina: Former military officials convicted for crimes against humanity

December 4, 2017 · 

Astiz - the so-called 'angel of death' - said he acted to save Argentina from left-wing terrorism

Two former navy officers in Argentina have been sentenced to life for crimes against humanity committed between 1976 and 1983 under military rule. Captains Alfredo Astiz and Jorge Eduardo Acosta were found guilty of involvement in the torture and murder of hundreds of political opponents. They are among 54 people who faced trial for crimes […]


Pope Francis and The Lady meet again

December 4, 2017 ·  By Father Michael Kelly SJ, Nay Pyi Daw for

Aung San Suu Kyi bows to Pope Francis on Tuesday during his visit to Myanmar. / Mustafa G Avsar / flickr

It would not have been “courageous or wise” to raise the Rohingya issue, stir the pot, and leave local Catholics to deal with the fallout. The much-anticipated second meeting between Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi, following a get together in Rome in May, has probably disappointed those who expected it to focus on […]


James Bulger killer back in jail after being caught with abuse images again

November 29, 2017 ·  By Nadia Khomami for

Jon Venables, 35, returned to prison after he was caught with indecent material a second time during routine check Jon Venables, one of two boys convicted of the murder of toddler James Bulger, has been returned to prison again after he was caught with child abuse images for a second time. Venables was 10 when […]


Pope to meet general in charge of Rohingya clearance operations

November 27, 2017 ·  By John Zaw, Mandalay for

General Min Aung Hlaing, commander of the Myanmar armed forces, inspects troops during a ceremony to mark the 71st Armed Forces Day in Naypyidaw on March 27, 2016. He is scheduled to meet the pope Nov. 30.
(Photo Ye Aung Thu/ AFP)

Rohingya political leader says dialogue with military could advance hope for peace and reconciliation In a move sure to stir controversy, Pope Francis will hold a private meeting with Myanmar’s military chief Min Aung Hlaing at Cardinal Charles Maung Bo’s residence in Yangon. No time has been specified for the Nov. 30 meeting, one of […]


Beijing nursery ‘needle abuse’ of children shocks China

November 27, 2017 ·  By


According to BBC, a Beijing nursery is accused of giving injections and feeding drugs to toddlers, in a case that has sparked outrage in China . Authorities are now investigating the nursery , which is a branch of the well-known RYB Education chain. The company says it “deeply apologises” for the matter that has caused […]


Ratko Mladic: Who is the ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ and what has the former Serb general been charged with?

November 27, 2017 ·  By Samuel Osborne for


UN tribunal says 74-year-old ‘significantly contributed’ to genocide in Srebrenica and ‘personally directed’ bombardment of Sarajevo Two decades ago, Ratko Mladic was seen as the brash general leading nationalist Bosnian Serbs towards a seemingly sweeping victory in Bosnia’s war. Now, he was reduced to an ailing old man trying in vain to delay a United […]


YouTube child abuse reporting system ‘flawed’

November 24, 2017 ·  By Elizabeth Cassin, Anisa Subedar and Mike Wendling for

The form where YouTube users can report violations.

Part of YouTube’s system for reporting sexualised comments left on children’s videos has not been functioning correctly for more than a year, say volunteer moderators. They say there could be up to 100,000 predatory accounts leaving indecent comments on videos. A BBC Trending investigation has discovered a flaw in a tool that enables the public […]


Las Vegas couple arrested in California in child abuse case

November 24, 2017 ·  By Blake Apgar Las Vegas Review-Journal for


A couple wanted by Las Vegas police for child abuse was arrested by federal law enforcement officers near San Diego on Tuesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers arrested Mallory Purnell, 23, and Brandon Kellermeier, 29, after they were stopped for vehicle inspection, the agency said in a statement. The officers ran the couple’s fingerprints […]


Rugby league legend Graeme Langlands faces child sexual abuse charges

November 24, 2017 ·  By


Rugby league “immortal” Graeme Langlands has been charged with child sexual abuse offences. Police have charged the 76-year-old with six counts of indecent dealings with a girl under 16. Police prosecutors allege the offences took place on the Gold Coast in the 1980s. Langlands was charged on November 3 and was not present when the […]

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