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Washington, D.C., businessman pleads guilty in mayoral campaign scheme

By Tom Ramstack and Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading District of Columbia businessman pleaded guilty on Monday to violating campaign finance laws in a case that has tarnished the U.S. capital's Democratic mayor and overshadowed his bid for a second term.

U.N. aims to bring killers to account in Central African Republic

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The head of a United Nations inquiry said on Monday it was seeking to establish who should face prosecution for killings and other crimes in Central African Republic in order to halt for good bloodshed that has raised fears of genocide.

UN investigators head to C.Africa amid genocide fears

UN investigators left for the Central African Republic Monday to launch a probe into human right violations in the conflict-ravaged country amid fears of genocide and ethnic cleansing. The three international investigators will spend two weeks travelling the country, in the throes of bloody Muslim-Christian clashes, speaking to victims, witnesses, and the main actors in the conflict. They expect to draw up a list of suspected perpetrators that could be used for possible future prosecution, possibly by the International Criminal Court, which is conducting a parallel probe.

C.Africa being emptied of Muslims, UN warns

Violence in the Central African Republic has forced almost all of the country's Muslim minority to flee amid fears the conflict could turn into ethnic cleansing, a top UN official warned Monday. The country is "being emptied of its Muslim population," warned Adama Dieng, the UN advisor on the prevention of genocide. "Unless those who are perpetrating these serious crimes are made to account for those crimes, it is unlikely that we will not reach... genocide," he said.

U.N. inquiry aims to prevent genocide in Central African Republic

GENEVA (Reuters) - The head of a United Nations commission of inquiry into violence in Central African Republic expressed alarm on Monday over the level of "hate propaganda" there and said he hoped to head off the prospect of a campaign of genocide. The United Nations estimates about 650,000 people have been displaced by violence within Central African Republic, while nearly 300,000 have crossed into neighboring countries.

UN investigators head to C.Africa amid genocide fears

A group of UN-mandated investigators launch a probe Monday of human right violations in the conflict-ravaged Central African Republic amid fears of genocide and ethnic cleansing. The three international investigators will spend two weeks travelling the country, speaking with victims, witnesses, and actors in the conflict, and expect to draw up a list of suspected perpetrators. "We have to put an end to the impunity," said Bernard Acho Muna, head of an international Commission of Inquiry appointed by UN leader Ban Ki-moon in January.

UN investigators head to C.Africa amid genocide fears

A group of UN-mandated investigators launch a probe Monday of human right violations in the conflict-ravaged Central African Republic amid fears of genocide and ethnic cleansing. The three international investigators will spend two weeks travelling the country, speaking with victims, witnesses, and actors in the conflict, and expect to draw up a list of suspected perpetrators. "We have to put an end to the impunity," said Bernard Acho Muna, head of an international Commission of Inquiry appointed by UN leader Ban Ki-moon in January.

Fugitive who ditched monitoring bracelet won't face new charge in U.S.

SEATTLE - A fugitive sex offender from Canada who fled south of the border after removing his electronic monitoring bracelet will not face charges in the sexual assault of a teenage boy in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports prosecutors there say they don't have enough evidence to support the charges against Michael Sean Stanley. Seattle police arrested Stanley on Oct. 22 after a series of calls about noise in a west Seattle alley.

Fugitive who ditched monitoring bracelet won't face new charge in U.S.

SEATTLE - A fugitive sex offender from Canada who fled south of the border after removing his electronic monitoring bracelet will not face charges in the sexual assault of a teenage boy in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports prosecutors there say they don't have enough evidence to support the charges against Michael Sean Stanley. Seattle police arrested Stanley on Oct. 22 after a series of calls about noise in a west Seattle alley.

Ex-NFL player wanted for rape will stay in California for now

By Brandon Lowrey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former NFL player Darren Sharper, facing California charges of drugging and raping two women, will not immediately be sent to Louisiana where he is wanted on suspicion of rape in a separate incident, a judge ruled on Friday in an extradition hearing. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Renee Korn ordered the 38-year-old former defensive back, who is under investigation for sex crimes in several U.S. states, to remain held behind bars in Los Angeles pending another hearing on Thursday.
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