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International News Archive - July 16, 2008

By The Associated Press THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Starvation and soul-destroying gang rapes are Sudan's weapons of choice in Darfur's genocide, according to prosecutors at the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal.Filing charges Monday against Sudan's President Omar al- Bashir, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said the Sudanese leader had developed a new way of perpetrating humanity's ultimate crime."Al-Bashir is executing this genocide without gas chambers, without bullets, without machetes," prosecutor Luis Moreno- Ocampo told reporters at The Hague-based court.

By The Associated Press LONDON (AP) - In a case that changed the face of air travel, three men charged with a plot to kill trans-Atlantic airline passengers with bombs in soda bottles admitted Monday they intended to cause explosions.But the men appealed to the jury to believe their story - that they wanted to stage an elaborate publicity stunt at one of London's iconic sites to promote a film, rather than commit mass murder.The men are charged with a plot to kill hundreds of passengers at the height of the summer vacation season.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -The prosecutor for the Interna-tional Criminal Court sought an arrest warrant Monday for Sudan's president on charges of waging a campaign of genocide and rape in Darfur, a high-risk strategy that could backfire against the people in the war-torn desert region.

While the Sudanese demonstrations, which are opposing the accusations levelled against Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir, continue, Sudanese political groups have warned of the repercussions of the incident over the constitutional situation in the country.

Excerpt from report by Charles Mwanguhya and Grace Matsiko entitled "Save me, Bashir asks Museveni" published by Ugandan newspaper Daily Monitor website on 16 July The Sudanese government yesterday warned that the indictment of President Omar al-Bashir on genocide and war crimes charges would have "a direct negative impact" on the peace talks between Uganda and the LRA [Lord's Resistance Army] rebels.

By Sebastian Abbot Associated Press BAQOUBA, Iraq -- Scattered sandals and overturned bicycles were all that remained hours after suicide bombers struck the Saad military camp.

By Leonard Doyle Disturbing video shows teenager weeping during interrogation An unprecedented glimpse into the harsh conditions at Guantanamo Bay has emerged via a grainy video of a weeping Canadian teenager undergoing interrogation after he had been tortured by sleep deprivation for three weeks.

The United Nations urged its staff to stay home Tuesday as thousands of Sudanese prepared to protest war-crimes charges leveled against their president by an international prosecutor.

By Ian Austen Video recordings released Tuesday showing interrogations of the only Canadian held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba provide an unprecedented glimpse inside the compound.

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Within a year of the successful rehabilitation of two hand-reared Asiatic black bears (Ursus thibetanus), the Centre for Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation (CBRC) has released another batch of five in Pakke Tiger Reserve in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Word of the Day
megalophonous
  • Having a loud voice; vociferous; clamorous.
  • Of grand or imposing sound.
The word 'megalophonous' comes from Greek roots meaning 'big' and 'sound'.