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France 'joins Rwandan people' in honouring genocide victims

France said Monday it joined with the Rwandan people in honouring the victims of the 1994 genocide, despite a diplomatic row with Kigali. "France joins with the Rwandan people to honour the memories of all victims of the genocide," the French presidency said in a statement. "The Rwandan genocide was one of the worst atrocities of our time. It was committed while the world watched and was unable to prevent it," the statement said.

Rwanda genocide survivors lament Syria on eve of 20th anniversary

OTTAWA - Alain Ntwali's 100-day ordeal of survival began after he watched his parents die. The 10-year-old moved from house to house, two to three times week, in what would ultimately become a successful attempt to stay one step ahead of the marauding, machete-wielding Hutu militiamen ravaging the Rwandan capital of Kigali. On Monday, the 30-year-old man will join a procession of what's expected to be 200 others as they march silently through the streets from Parliament Hill to Ottawa City Hall in memory of the 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide.

UN chief urges C.Africa to prevent new African genocide

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged the leaders of the strife-torn Central African Republic to prevent a new genocide on the continent, 20 years after Rwanda. "It is your responsibility as leaders to ensure that there are no such anniversaries in this country," said Ban, in Bangui for a brief visit en route to Rwanda to commemorate the anniversary of that country's genocide. jpc-mc/gd/boc

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.

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.

Poland opposition wants jail for use of term 'Polish death camp'

Poland's conservative opposition on Friday called for use of the erroneous term "Polish death camp" in reference to Nazi German facilities to be punishable by jail time. Users of the term could get up to five years in prison, according to a bill introduced in parliament on Friday by the Law and Justice (PiS) party. Lawmakers voted to have it sent back to committee for more work.

Sen. Romeo Dallaire crashes car on Parliament Hill, says he fell asleep

OTTAWA - Sen. Romeo Dallaire nodded off at the wheel of his black BMW and crashed into a traffic barrier on Parliament Hill on Tuesday. The retired general said the news last week of three suicides of Canadian soldiers, coupled with the coming 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide, have left him unable to sleep, even with medication. "Every day I am reliving the 20th anniversary and reviewing that period of command," he said in an apology to the Senate. He says he didn't realize how tired he was.

Central African Republic interim leader denies genocide threat

By Joe Penney BANGUI (Reuters) - Central African Republic transitional leader Michel Djotodia on Saturday denied European assertions that his country was on the brink of genocide and all-out inter-religious war. The impoverished but mineral-rich nation of 4.6 million has descended into chaos since Djotodia led Seleka rebels, many of them from neighboring Chad and Sudan, to the riverside capital in March, ousting President Francois Bozize.

US Holocaust survivor meets Polish savior 70 years on

A Jewish boy who hid from the Nazis in a hayloft reunited after 70 years in New York on Wednesday with the Polish son whose parents risked everything to save him. Beaming American Holocaust survivor Leon Gersten, 79, embraced and clasped the hand of a visibly moved Czeslaw Polziec, 81, whose Polish parents saved five Jews during World War II. Gersten welcomed Polziec after his exhausting trans-Atlantic flight before a battery of cameras at New York's JFK airport, supported by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

C. Africa rejects international genocide concern

The foreign minister of the Central African Republic on Saturday rejected international warnings that his impoverished, strife-torn country could be headed for genocide. World alarm has grown over the violence wracking the mineral-rich country since a March coup, with the United Nations, the United States and former colonial ruler France all recently cautioning the situation could degenerate into genocide. But Foreign Minister Leonie Banga Bothy told local radio that the statements were not helping the situation in the country and could have a perverse effect.
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