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Uganda probes alleged army atrocities in LRA rebel war

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ordered investigations into alleged atrocities committed by the army during 20 years of war against Lords Resistance Army rebels, officials said Wednesday. Tens of thousands of people were killed and nearly two million displaced in the fight in northern Uganda between the rebels and security forces, before rebel chief Joseph Kony and key fighters shifted into neighbouring nations around 2005.

U.S. airlift support to bolster African hunt for violent warlord

By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military is deploying four tilt-rotor transport planes to Uganda in response to African Union requests for airlift support in the hunt for the elusive leader of the violent Lord's Resistance Army extremist group, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Congo warlord's conviction brings relief to international court

By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Congolese warlord Germain Katanga was convicted on Friday of being an accessory to war crimes including murder and pillage - only the second conviction in the 12-year history of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The judgment, albeit by a split verdict after a six-year trial, brings some relief to prosecutors who have faced growing criticism, notably for at least five cases that collapsed either pre-trial or pre-verdict because of a lack of evidence.

ICC prosecutor to probe 'serious crimes' in C.Africa

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said Friday she has opened an initial probe into "serious crimes" committed in the Central African Republic, the scene of spiralling sectarian violence. "My office has reviewed many reports detailing acts of extreme brutality... and allegations of serious crimes being committed. I have therefore decided to open a preliminary investigation into this... situation," she said in a statement in The Hague. jhe/ric

Call for investigation into British military 'abuse' in Iraq

A German NGO and a British law firm said on Friday that they would ask the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to investigate possible war crimes committed by British soldiers in Iraq between 2003 and 2008. The European Centre for Constitutional Human Rights, based in Berlin, and the Public Interest Lawyers (PIL) firm, based in Birmingham, central England, said in a statement that they had jointly filed a complaint to the ICC.

Panel points to international court failings in sex abuse allegations

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Sexual assaults allegedly committed by an International Criminal Court staffer working in the Democratic Republic of Congo were made possible in part by serious management failings at the court, an independent panel said on Friday. The review panel said the alleged crimes had been committed over a prolonged period by a member of staff in the court's victims and witnesses unit, whose responsibilities included protecting those who testify in court from reprisals.

US military to fly AU troops to C. Africa

The US military will help fly African Union peacekeeping troops to the Central African Republic as part of a French-led effort to restore security there, US officials said Monday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, in Qatar on a tour of the region, has ordered American forces "to begin transporting forces from Burundi to the Central African Republic, in coordination with France," his spokesman said in a statement.

US military to fly AU troops to C. Africa

The US military will help fly African Union peacekeeping troops to the Central African Republic as part of a French-led effort to restore security there, US officials said Monday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who was in Qatar on a tour of the region, has ordered American forces "to begin transporting forces from Burundi to the Central African Republic, in coordination with France," his spokesman said in a statement.

End attacks on civilians in Central African Republic: Hague prosecutor

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The International Criminal Court's prosecutor called for an end to attacks on civilians in the Central African Republic on Monday, saying parties involved in the escalating violence risked being investigated and prosecuted. "The deteriorating security situation over the past several days has contributed to the escalation of unlawful killings, sexual violence, recruitment of child soldiers and other grave crimes, across the country," Fatou Bensouda said in a statement.

US doubts warlord Kony negotiating surrender

US officials on Thursday voiced skepticism that wanted Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony is in negotiations with the Central African Republic over his surrender, saying the reports were not "credible." While the country's president Michel Djotodia is believed to be in talks with a small group of fighters from Kony's Lord Resistance Army, "we've no reason to believe that Joseph Kony is part of these negotiations," a senior US official told AFP. jkb/jm
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