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  • Fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony is said to be sickly
    Fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony is said to be sickly Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The fugitive leader of the Lord's Resistance Army is sickly and in retreat from an international manhunt that includes U.S. forces, a Ugandan military spokesman said Monday, citing the accounts of recent defectors who are backing up reports that the rebel group is in decline. More »

  • Three DR Congo guards shot dead while protecting elephants
    Three DR Congo guards shot dead while protecting elephants Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    Two Democratic Republic of Congo soldiers and a wildlife conservation guard have been shot dead in Garamba National Park while attempting to protect elephants from poachers, the park's management said Friday. More »

  • Michael Oher: The Blind Side Damaged My Career
    Michael Oher: The Blind Side Damaged My Career Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    An NFL offensive lineman who was the subject of a 2006 book and a 2009 box office hit movie has said the film has damaged his playing career. Michael Oher, who was signed by the Carolina Panthers in a $7m deal in March, said The Blind Side had focused too much attention on him after he entered the NFL in 2009. The 29-year-old left tackle, who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2012, was involved in a fight with teammate Kony Ealy during a mini-camp this week. More »

  • Google Red-Faced After PM Branded Top Criminal
    Google Red-Faced After PM Branded Top Criminal Thu, Jun 4, 2015

    Google has apologised after photos of India's Prime Minister began appearing in image search results for "top 10 criminals". Narendra Modi's face appears alongside al Qaeda chiefs Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri, as well as American gangster Al Capone. Also on the list are fugitives Dawood Ibrahim, mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai bombings which killed 257 people, and Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, which slaughtered hundreds of civilians in Uganda. More »

  • Magazine: The girls of the Lord's Resistance Army
    Magazine: The girls of the Lord's Resistance Army Fri, May 29, 2015

    Ugandan women who were abducted as children by the LRA share their stories of rape, torture and abandonment. More »

  • Malaysia's invisible children
    Malaysia's invisible children Fri, May 1, 2015

    Undocumented and marginalised, the children of migrants face arrest, detention and possible death in Malaysia's Sabah. More »

  • Sabah's Invisible Children
    Sabah's Invisible Children Wed, Apr 29, 2015

    101 East enters the world of Sabah's stateless children, who spend their lives on the run from authorities. More »

  • Drowning in a cacophony of content as YouTube turns 10
    Drowning in a cacophony of content as YouTube turns 10 Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Revolutionary video-sharing site marks a decade of life, but some question whether it has bettered humanity. More »

  • The battle for Africa
    The battle for Africa Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    People and Power investigates the effects of China's increasing influence in Africa. More »

  • Nigeria's Violent Year Since 'Bring Back Our Girls'
    Nigeria's Violent Year Since 'Bring Back Our Girls' Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    Last April, the social-media campaign #BringBackOurGirls helped galvanize international outrage about the plight of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls who were kidnapped from the village of Chibok by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. As that campaign joins Kony 2012 in the junkyard of digital activism, Boko Haram continues its campaign of violence. Nigeria's deteriorating security was one factor in President Goodluck Jonathan's loss in the country's March presidential elections. Young men and boys have also been kidnapped, forced to join to Boko Haram, or killed for resisting. More »

  • Uganda's ongoing struggle with moonshine
    Uganda's ongoing struggle with moonshine Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Illegal alcohol permeates Ugandan people and economy, exacerbating poverty and chronic illness among the population. More »

  • France presses at U.N. for Islamic State to face world court
    France presses at U.N. for Islamic State to face world court Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France said on Friday it would push the United Nations Security Council to refer the Islamic State militant group to the International Criminal Court for possible prosecution of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The United Nations has also said the group, which last year seized swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, may have committed genocide against the Yazidi minority in Iraq. More »

  • UN refugee agency condemns LRA's kidnapping of Congolese Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The U.N. refugee agency condemned on Friday the kidnapping of several Congolese refugees by the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group. More »

  • Bosnian conceived in wartime rape searches for his parents Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    By Daria Sito-Sucic GORAZDE, Bosnia (Reuters) - Alen Muhic, who was conceived when his mother was raped by a soldier in wartime, says he would not have had the courage to search for his parents were it not for the film cameras that followed him. His painful quest is documented in "An Invisible Child's Trap", the second documentary feature about Muhic, the son of a Muslim Bosniak woman and a Bosnian Serb soldier who repeatedly raped her during the 1992-95 Bosnian war. In Bosnian film-maker Semsudin Gegic's first film about Muhic in 2005, the boy became the first child to publicly speak out against the stigma surrounding him and others like him in Bosnia for having been conceived by rape during the war. Around 100,000 people were killed during the Bosnian war between Orthodox Serbs, Muslim Bosniaks and Catholic Croats. More »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »