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  • Poachers slaughter 30 elephants in DR Congo
    Poachers slaughter 30 elephants in DR Congo Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Ivory-hungry poachers have killed 30 elephants in a Congolese national park in the past two weeks, park authorities said Monday, adding that the culprits were likely Sudanese militia. More »

  • Lady Gaga jumps into a lake: Charitable giving or celeb self-promotion? Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    On Sunday, Lady Gaga took a plunge into freezing Lake Michigan to raise funds for Special Olympics Chicago, a nonprofit that promotes physical and mental health for children and adults with disabilities. “It was awesome,” Gaga, soaked to the skin, told reporters after the event. In the opinion of York University professor Ilan Kapoor, the true benefactors are rarely the people for whom charitable events are held. “[I]t makes celebrities… look compassionate and caring, while diverting attention away from such uncomfortable issues as the complicity of our own economic and political élites (of which celebrities are now part) in the creation of the very poverty that such charity is intended to address,” he added. More »

  • Uganda: Victims back leniency for LRA chief but trial awaits
    Uganda: Victims back leniency for LRA chief but trial awaits Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    BARLONYO, Uganda (AP) — This is the horror that Silveria Okweny is willing to forgive: More »

  • ICC Prosecutor: Evidence against Ugandan rebel incomplete Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said on Friday that more time is needed to gather evidence against a Ugandan rebel commander who faces trial at The Hague court. More »

  • U.S. military trains African armies ahead of Boko Haram campaign
    U.S. military trains African armies ahead of Boko Haram campaign Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    By Daniel Flynn MAO, Chad (Reuters) - Under the glare of the Saharan sun, a U.S. special forces trainer corrects the aim of a Chadian soldier as he takes cover behind a Toyota pick-up and fires at a target with his AK47 -- a drill that could soon save his life. Chad is sending hundreds of troops to fight Boko Haram in neighbouring Nigeria as part of a regional offensive against the Islamist group, which killed an estimated 10,000 people last year in a campaign to carve an Islamic emirate from the north of Africa's largest oil producer. "Not so great," he says and orders them to do a round of push-ups -- in which American, Italian and Belgian trainers all take part, laughing. The annual 'Flintlock' counter-terrorism exercises are a decade-old U.S.-sponsored initiative to bolster African nations' ability to fight militant groups operating in the vast ungoverned spaces of the Sahara with training. More »

  • Former LRA child soldier on trial at The Hague
    Former LRA child soldier on trial at The Hague Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    Lord's Resistance Army commander known for brutality is the first from feared rebel group to appear before the ICC. More »

  • Uganda: Rebel commander's remains believed discovered Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan troops in Central African Republic have found the remains believed to be those of a top Lord's Resistance Army commander who had been presumed dead, a Ugandan military spokesman said Monday. More »

  • Uganda pledges full cooperation with ICC on rebel's case Mon, Feb 2, 2015

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda has assured the International Criminal Court of "full cooperation" on the case of a Ugandan rebel commander who faces trial at the international court, the country's attorney general said Monday. More »

  • Notorious Uganda LRA commander faces war crimes judges
    Notorious Uganda LRA commander faces war crimes judges Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Notorious former Lord's Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen made his first appearance before the International Criminal Court on Monday, accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. More »

  • Ugandan rebel commander makes first ICC appearance
    Ugandan rebel commander makes first ICC appearance Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Dominic Ongwen, accused of crimes against humanity, takes stand at Hague-based court and thanks God. More »

  • Commander in Joseph Kony's feared militia appears in court
    Commander in Joseph Kony's feared militia appears in court Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A commander in warlord Joseph Kony's feared militia made his first appearance before an International Criminal Court judge Monday, calling himself a former soldier who was abducted and "taken to the bush" when he was just 14. More »

  • Prosecutor calls for renewed effort to arrest warlord Kony
    Prosecutor calls for renewed effort to arrest warlord Kony Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court urged renewed efforts Wednesday to arrest notorious militia leader Joseph Kony, after one of his top commanders was taken into custody to face charges of leading a reign of terror in central Africa. More »

  • LRA rebel, set for war crimes trial, was a child soldier
    LRA rebel, set for war crimes trial, was a child soldier Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Lord's Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen, who arrived Wednesday in The Hague to stand trial at the International Criminal Court, is remembered by his grandmother as a victim himself, having been kidnapped as a boy by the LRA and turned into a child soldier. More »

  • Lord's Resistance Army commander arrives at ICC prison
    Lord's Resistance Army commander arrives at ICC prison Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    A Ugandan commander of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army arrived at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Wednesday to face war crimes charges. More »

  • Ugandan LRA commander transferred to ICC
    Ugandan LRA commander transferred to ICC Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    Rebel leader Dominic Ongwen, who surrendered to US soldiers in CAR, arrives in The Hague accused of war crimes. More »

  • US ambassador: Ugandan rebel commander arrives at ICC
    US ambassador: Ugandan rebel commander arrives at ICC Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A commander from a fearsome Ugandan rebel group known for abducting and torturing children was taken into custody early Wednesday at the International Criminal Court, where he faces charges including murder and enslavement, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations said. More »

  • Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army commander transferred to ICC in The Hagu … Wed, Jan 21, 2015

    A commander of the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) wanted for war crimes was transferred to the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Tuesday, a move welcomed by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the U.N. Security Council. Dominic Ongwen, a one-time child soldier who rose through the ranks of the rebel group, was among five senior commanders of the guerrilla movement indicted by the global court for war crimes and crimes against humanity in 2005. In a statement, the 15-member Security Council said Ongwen had arrived in The Hague and called on states to bring the remaining commanders wanted by the International Criminal Court to justice, including the group's leader Joseph Kony.  "The members of the Security Council demanded an immediate end to all attacks by the LRA and urged the LRA to release all those abducted, and to disarm and demobilize," it said.  Ongwen, 34, defected from the LRA in late December and handed himself over to the Seleka rebels who control swathes of the north and east of the Central African Republic. More »

  • Surrendered LRA officer says he didn't want to die in bush
    Surrendered LRA officer says he didn't want to die in bush Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — Lord's Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen says he surrendered to stand trial for war crimes because he did not want to "die in the bush." More »

  • Can Boko Haram Be Called An Islamist Movement?
    Can Boko Haram Be Called An Islamist Movement? Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    It has declared its own "caliphate", sworn allegiance to the Middle Eastern death cult calling itself Islamic State, and its followers believe western education is evil. As such, Boko Haram fits the Islamofascist typecast. But it also bears remarkable similarity to another violent terror group, the Lord's Resistance Army, led by Joseph Kony but founded by Alice Lakwena as a charismatic Christian movement in the 1980s. One might, therefore, be tempted to conclude that Boko Haram is nothing more than a profiteering gang of murderers and thugs - a west African version of the LRA, the Interahamwe, or the Mai Mai of the Congo. More »

  • Israel lobbies foreign powers to cut ICC funding
    Israel lobbies foreign powers to cut ICC funding Sun, Jan 18, 2015

    By Thomas Escritt and Dan Williams JERUSALEM/AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Israel is lobbying member-states of the International Criminal Court to cut funding for the tribunal in response to its launch of an inquiry into possible war crimes in the Palestinian territories, the country's foreign minister said on Sunday. The ICC did not immediately respond to the news, but experts thought it unlikely that the lobbying effort was likely to persuade the countries that contribute most to the court to reduce their funding. Israel, which like the United States does not belong to the ICC, hopes to dent funding for the court that is drawn from the 122 member-states in accordance with the size of their economies, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said. "We will demand of our friends in Canada, in Australia and in Germany simply to stop funding it," he told Israel Radio. More »

  • Uganda's LRA commander to be flown to ICC
    Uganda's LRA commander to be flown to ICC Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    Rebel leader Dominic Ongwen, who surrendered to US soldiers in CAR, to be tried for war crimes at Hague-based court. More »

  • Surrendered LRA commander held by international court
    Surrendered LRA commander held by international court Sat, Jan 17, 2015

    BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — A commander of a notorious Ugandan rebel group was turned over to the International Criminal Court Saturday and is expected to be flown to Netherlands to face international war crimes charges, following his surrender in a remote corner of Central African Republic, authorities said. More »

  • Ugandan case will stretch war crimes court's resources Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court will need extra funding to revive a long-dormant case against a Lord's Resistance Army commander who was arrested in Africa last week, sources said on Thursday. Reopening the investigation into Dominic Ongwen, a one-time child recruit who rose through the ranks of the Ugandan rebel group that has a reputation for massacres and mutilations, will increase the burden on an already stretched prosecution service. Prosecutors are likely to need to dip in to a 7 million-euro (5.27 million pounds) contingency fund maintained by the ICC's 122 member states, two sources familiar with the court told Reuters. The case load may soon be stretched further when the Palestinian territories, recognised as a state by the ICC, join the court in April and are likely to seek investigations into conflicts with Israel. More »

  • US gives LRA commander, war crimes suspect to Ugandans Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — U.S. Special Forces in Obo, Central African Republic, handed over to Ugandan troops a Lord's Resistance Army commander who is charged with war crimes, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said Wednesday. He will be transferred for trial at the International Criminal Court, according to a Ugandan military official. More »

  • U.S. troops transfer captured LRA commander to Ugandan forces Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior Lord's Resistance Army chief who surrendered to U.S. troops in the Central African Republic has been transferred to Ugandan forces and will be handed over to the International Criminal Court to stand trial, the Pentagon said on Wednesday. U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said LRA leader Dominic Ongwen had been transferred to the Ugandan contingent of the African Union's Regional Task Force (AURTF). Uganda has in the past sought the international court's help in bringing LRA chief Joseph Kony to justice. ... More »

  • Ugandan LRA rebel commander to be tried at ICC
    Ugandan LRA rebel commander to be tried at ICC Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Captured Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army rebel chief Dominic Ongwen will be sent to the International Criminal Court to face charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, Uganda's military and the United States said Tuesday. More »

  • Ugandan rebel commander to be tried by international court Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's military said Tuesday the Lord's Resistance Army rebel commander who surrendered to American troops last week will be taken to The Hague for trial. More »

  • Uganda says LRA rebel to be handed to international court Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - A senior Lord's Resistance Army commander who surrendered last week to the U.S. military in the Central African Republic (CAR) will be handed over to the International Criminal Court in The Hague for trial, a Ugandan army spokesman said on Tuesday. Dominic Ongwen, wanted by the ICC for crimes against humanity, is a child recruit who rose through the ranks of the LRA, a group that first took up arms against Uganda in the late 1980s and gained a reputation for massacres and mutilating victims. ... More »

  • Uganda's LRA commander to be tried by ICC
    Uganda's LRA commander to be tried by ICC Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Army spokesman says Dominic Ongwen, captured in Central African Republic, to face trial at Hague court over war crimes. More »

  • Uganda wants to try LRA rebel commander
    Uganda wants to try LRA rebel commander Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Uganda has the capacity to try Dominic Ongwen who surrendered to US forces in CAR last week, says minister. More »

  • Uganda says it wants to try rebel leader who surrendered
    Uganda says it wants to try rebel leader who surrendered Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's government said Monday it wants to try the Lord's Resistance Army rebel commander who recently surrendered to U.S. forces for war crimes and crimes against humanity. More »

  • Nigeria's Horror in Paris's Shadow
    Nigeria's Horror in Paris's Shadow Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    As many as a million people, joined by 40 world leaders, filled the streets of Paris on Sunday in solidarity after two separate terrorist attacks claimed 17 innocent lives last week. The day before, more than 3,000 miles to the south, a girl believed to be around 10 approached the entrance to a crowded market in Maiduguri, a city of some 1 million in Nigeria's Borno State. As a security guard inspected her, the girl detonated explosives strapped to her body, killing herself and at least 19 others. Dozens more were injured. More »

  • Central African Republic rebels seek bounty for seized LRA commander Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    By Crispin Dembassa-Kette BANGUI (Reuters) - Seleka rebels in Central African Republic want the United States to pay them a bounty of up to $5 million (3.3 million pounds), saying they were the ones who captured fugitive Ugandan Lords Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen. U.S. forces helping African nations track the LRA across Central Africa said earlier this week that they had detained a man claiming to be Ongwen, a rebel chief wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity. ... More »

  • Fate unclear for LRA commander held for crimes against humanity Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    By Elias Biryabarema and Joe Bavier KAMPALA/ABIDJAN (Reuters) - The capture of Lord's Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen is a major success against the notorious rebel group, but it remains uncertain whether and how the former child soldier might face trial. Options range from a case at the International Criminal Court, where he is wanted for crimes against humanity, to prosecution or even an amnesty back home. His eventual fate is likely to have an impact on whether the remnants of the Ugandan rebel group also end Africa's longest-running armed uprising, which has killed thousands. ... More »

  • Ugandan army in talks with US over fate of top LRA rebel
    Ugandan army in talks with US over fate of top LRA rebel Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    Ugandan army officers have met a top commander of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels who is wanted by the International Criminal Court and in US custody, Uganda's defence minister said Thursday. More »