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Global court gives Congo's Bemba an extra year for witness bribing

22 March 2017

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Judges at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday added a year to Jean-Pierre Bemba's 18-year jail term following the former Congolese vice president's conviction for attempting to bribe witnesses during his war crimes trial.

Japan cabinet OK's anti-conspiracy bill amid civil rights concerns

21 March 2017

TOKYO(Reuters) - Japan's cabinet on Tuesday approved legislation that would penalise criminal conspiracies, a move critics say threatens civil liberties, but officials say is needed to prevent terrorist targeting events like the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Rohingya newborns offer frail hope in face of Myanmar violence

21 March 2017

BALUKHALI, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Scared, hungry and badly beaten, Rohingya women fleeing an army crackdown in Myanmar recount harrowing tales of destruction and death: a father burned alive, an uncle slaughtered with a machete, a brother arrested and not heard from again.But huddled in makeshift refugee camps, dependent on food rations and the mercy of fellow refugees, they also carry something else: hope inspired by their newborn children, for whom Bangladesh is now home.

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Mass graves in central Congo bear witness to growing violence

20 March 2017

TSHIMBULU, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - The increasingly brutal nature of fighting in central Congo between the army and local militia is on vivid display in the village of Tshienke, where the bodies of rebel fighters were dumped into a mass grave last month following intense clashes.

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