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    Abe: Nationalist blueblood at home, shrewd diplomat abroad
    22.10.17
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    Shinzo Abe, on course to become Japan's longest-serving leader after Sunday's election win, is seen as a pragmatic and canny diplomat who has cozied up to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin while pushing a nationalist agenda at home. Groomed for power from birth, the 63-year-old is often viewed as arrogant but has also shown a self-deprecating sense of humour, dressing up as video game icon Super Mario as the Rio Olympics closed to give a zany preview of Tokyo 2020. The third-generation politician captured global attention when he became the first foreign leader to visit Trump Tower in New York -- before the now president was even inaugurated --...

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    Abe: Nationalist blueblood at home, shrewd diplomat abroad
    21.10.17
    AFP

    Japan's Shinzo Abe, seeking a fresh term in Sunday's election, is seen as a pragmatic and canny diplomat who has cozied up to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin while pushing a nationalist agenda at home. Groomed for power from birth, the 63-year-old is often viewed as arrogant but has also shown a self-deprecating sense of humour, dressing up as video game icon Super Mario as the Rio Olympics closed to give a zany preview of Tokyo 2020. The third-generation politician captured global attention when he became the first foreign leader to visit Trump Tower in New York -- before the now president was even inaugurated -- warmly shaking hands with the...

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    US pushes for extension of Syria gas attack probe
    20.10.17
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    US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the UN Security Council on Friday that it must "act now" to extend an investigation of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, a move that could be vetoed by Russia. The United States has circulated a draft resolution extending the mandate of the joint UN-OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) panel for another year and diplomats said a vote at the council could be held as early as Monday. The measure is facing a possible veto from Russia, Syria's ally, which wants to first see a report due on Thursday on the sarin gas attack in Khan Sheikhun before deciding on the fate of the...

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    Abe: Nationalist blueblood at home, shrewd diplomat abroad
    19.10.17
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    Japan's Shinzo Abe, seeking a fresh term in Sunday's election, is seen as a pragmatic and canny diplomat who has cozied up to Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin while pushing a nationalist agenda at home. Groomed for power from birth, the 63-year-old is often viewed as arrogant but has also shown a self-deprecating sense of humour, dressing up as video game icon Super Mario as the Rio Olympics closed to give a zany preview of Tokyo 2020. The third-generation politician captured global attention when he became the first foreign leader to visit Trump Tower in New York -- before the now president was even inaugurated -- warmly shaking hands with the...

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    ICC says probing several crimes in Mali
    19.10.17
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    The International Criminal Court said Wednesday it was investigating several potential war crimes including murder in Mali, months after finding an ex-jihadist guilty liable for millions worth of damage in the landlocked country. "Our investigations are continuing (into) other crimes... sexual crimes and crimes against peacekeepers, killings and all those," ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda told reporters in Bamako. The Hague-based tribunal said in August that ex-jihadist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi caused 2.7 million euros worth of damage when he destroyed several fabled shrines in Timbuktu, in northern Mali, during the jihadist takeover there in...

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    Appeal hearing for radical Serb Seselj set for December
    18.10.17
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    An appeals hearing for radical Serb nationalist Vojislav Seselj following his unexpected acquittal over alleged war crimes will take place on December 13, officials said Wednesday, amid uncertainty over whether he will appear. Prosecutors appealed a majority ruling by judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) last year which found Seselj not guilty on nine charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the 1990s Balkans wars. "The hearing of the appeal in the present case shall take place on Wednesday, December 13, 2017 in The Hague," the tribunal said. The court has unusually set aside just...

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    Judgement next month on 'Butcher of Balkans' Mladic
    18.10.17
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    UN judges said Wednesday they will deliver next month a long-waited verdict in the case of the man once dubbed "the Butcher of Balkans", just weeks before the tribunal set up to prosecute those behind the 1990s conflicts closes down having helped write international law on genocide and war crimes. Six years after Ratko Mladic was captured on the run and turned over to UN war crimes prosecutors, judgement will be handed down on the once-feared Bosnian Serbian military commander on November 22 for his alleged role in the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. His is the last trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), set up...

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    'Butcher of Balkans' Mladic to hear verdict on November 22
    18.10.17
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    UN judges will next month deliver a long-awaited verdict against former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic, accused of war crimes and genocide during the Balkans conflicts, the court announced Wednesday. The case of the feared military commander dubbed "the Butcher of the Balkans" is the last before the Yugoslav war crimes court set up at the height of the 1992-1995 Bosnian conflict. "The pronouncement of the judgement in this case shall take place on Wednesday November 22 at 10:00am," the presiding judge Alphons Orie said in a statement. Mladic, 74, has denied 11 war crimes charges arising from an alleged ruthless campaign of...

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    Sequel to Mandela's 'Long Walk' autobiography launched
    18.10.17
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    The sequel to Nelson Mandela's celebrated autobiography "Long Walk to Freedom" will be published Thursday after his unfinished, hand-written draft was completed by a South African novelist. Titled "Dare Not Linger", the book tells of Mandela's five years as president after the end of apartheid and the first multi-race elections in South Africa in 1994. "Long Walk to Freedom", released shortly after the election, was a global phenomenon, selling more than 14 million copies, and was turned into a film starring Idris Elba. Mandela wrote 10 chapters of his follow-up memoir on loose paper and in files between 1998 and 2002, when he...

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    Japan PM Abe sends offering to war shrine
    17.10.17
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    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Tuesday sent a ritual offering to a controversial war shrine which China and South Korea see as a symbol of Tokyo's past aggression. The conservative premier -- who has been criticised for what some see as a revisionist attitude to Japan's wartime record -- sent a sacred "masakaki" tree bearing his name to the Yasukuni Shrine as it starts a four-day festival. No prominent political figures were seen at the shrine Tuesday. Abe is expected to avoid visiting the site during the festival, according to media in Japan, which is in the middle of campaigning for a snap election on Sunday....

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    Japan PM Abe sends offering to war shrine
    17.10.17
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    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to a controversial war shrine on Tuesday, risking protest from China and South Korea which see it as a painful reminder of Tokyo's warring past. The conservative premier -- who has been criticised for what some see as a revisionist take on Japan's wartime record -- sent a sacred "masakaki" tree bearing his name to Yasukuni Shrine as it starts a four-day festival. No prominent political figures were seen at the shrine early Tuesday. Abe is expected to pass on visiting the site during the festival, according to media in Japan, which is in the middle of campaigning for a snap...

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    Croatian MP goes back on trial for wartime killings
    16.10.17
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    A Croatian lawmaker, whose conviction for wartime killings of Serb civilians during the 1990s war was quashed by the country's top court, denied all charges at a retrial that opened Monday. Branimir Glavas pleaded not guilty before a Zagreb court for ordering the 1991 abduction, torture and murder of at least 10 ethnic Serbs in the eastern town of Osijek at the start of the four-year conflict in Croatia, the state-run HRT broadcaster reported. Glavas was sentenced in 2010 to eight years in jail over his role in the gruesome killings of ethnic Serbs. But last year the Supreme Court annulled that verdict and ordered a retrial,...

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