Court: Germany must press US over Yemen drone strikes
BERLIN (AP) — A court in Germany ruled Tuesday that the government has partial responsibility to ensure U.S. drone strikes controlled with the help of an American base on German territory are in...
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A top Iranian diplomat asserted on Friday that the U.K.'s decision to give diplomatic protection to a British-Iranian woman detained in Iran for nearly three years contravenes...
Israel wants Dutch case against ex-army chief dropped
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Justice Ministry on Monday said the government has asked a Dutch court to dismiss war crimes allegations against Benny Gantz, an ex-military chief who is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in April elections.
Australia: China has raised ” anxiety” in disputed waters
SINGAPORE (AP) — Australian defense minister Christopher Pyne urged China on Tuesday to resolve tensions in the South China Sea in accordance with international law, in a swipe after Beijing's sudden detention of a writer who holds dual citizenship.
Pyne said the artificial islands Beijing has been building in the disputed waters has "increased anxiety" and "not increased regional confidence in China's strategic intentions."
UN experts: Fuel from Iran is financing Yemen rebels’ war
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Fuel is being shipped illegally from Iran to Houthi Shiite rebels in Yemen to finance their war against the government, and both sides are violating international law with their military campaigns and arbitrary detention of rivals, U.N. experts said in a new report.
US intensifies opposition to UN global compact on migration
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday intensified its opposition to next week's U.N. meeting to adopt a landmark pact on migration, calling it a "pro-migration" document that undermines sovereignty and warning that supporters are trying to create new international law.
Russian Olympic Committee appeals doping court ruling
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Olympic Committee has appealed a Moscow court ruling which sought to overturn a doping disqualification against a double gold medalist from the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The Moscow City Court ruled last month that bobsledder Alexander Zubkov — who carried the Russian flag at the Sochi opening ceremony — could keep his medals because a Court of Arbitration for Sport decision to uphold his disqualification wasn't valid in Russia.
Danes plan to banish unwanted migrants to remote island
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A pro-government lawmaker acknowledged Tuesday that Danish plans to banish rejected asylum-seekers or those with a criminal record to a remote island may breach international law — but added that his party doesn't mind "challenging (international) conventions."
Russian Federation: DNC case would violate international law
NEW YORK (AP) — The Russian ambassador to the United States has told a New York court it would violate international law for a judge to entertain legal claims against the Russian Federation by the Democratic National Committee.
The ambassador's letter, dated Thursday, was entered into the case file Friday in Manhattan federal court.
The DNC in April sued Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks and others, saying they conspired to cheat Democrats in the 2016 election.
Court orders Japan company to pay 4 Koreans for forced labor
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — In a potentially far-reaching decision, South Korea's Supreme Court ruled that a major Japanese steelmaker should compensate four South Koreans for forced labor during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula before the end of World War II.
AP Explains: Diplomatic immunity and the Khashoggi case
ROME (AP) — The killing of Jamal Khashoggi shocked the world not only because of the grisly details of his death, but also because of where it took place: inside a consulate, which enjoys special protections under international law.
The case has raised questions about the immunity offered to diplomats and diplomatic premises, and the risk of abusing the system for unlawful activities and to obstruct criminal investigations.
China demands US cancel arms sale to Taiwan
BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday demanded the U.S. cancel a $330 million sale of military equipment to Taiwan, warning of "severe damage" to bilateral relations and mutual cooperation if Washington fails to comply.
Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters at a regular briefing that the sale violated international law and the "basic norms governing international relations."
It was unclear what aspect of international law Geng was referring to.
Experts air new concerns about UN response to Myanmar crisis
GENEVA (AP) — U.N.-backed investigators who examined a bloody crackdown by Myanmar security forces that caused hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh issued a searing critique Tuesday of the United Nations' own response to the human rights crisis.
In a 432-page report, the members of a fact-finding mission on Myanmar fleshed out preliminary findings and recommendations released in a shorter version three weeks ago.
Myanmar rejects int’l court’s right to Rohingya probe
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's government on Friday rejected an International Criminal Court ruling that it has jurisdiction to investigate allegations that Myanmar security forces violated international law by driving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from their homes.
The office of Myanmar President Win Myint said Thursday's decision by The Hague-based court was "the result of faulty procedure and is of dubious legal merit."
Big Island councilwoman maintains decision to not vote
HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Big Island officials are at a stalemate with a councilwoman who announced she would refrain from voting and sponsoring legislation because of fears of violating international law and committing war crimes against the Hawaiian Kingdom.
UN team: Myanmar military chiefs should face ‘genocide’ case
GENEVA (AP) — Investigators working for the U.N.'s top human rights body said Monday that Myanmar military leaders should be prosecuted for genocide against Rohingya Muslims, taking the unusual step of identifying by name six of those it says were behind systematic crimes targeting the ethnic minority.
WASHINGTON (AP) — New sanctions against Russia will be imposed later this month for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempted assassination of a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year, the United States said.
The penalties come despite President Donald Trump's efforts to improve relations with Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, and his harsh criticism of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — On the 20th anniversary of the statute that created the International Criminal Court, supporters praised the tribunal's actions to punish perpetrators of the world's worst atrocities and expressed concerns about the enormous challenges and political attacks it faces.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Exiled opposition politician Mikheil Saakashvili called on European nations Tuesday to impose sanctions on Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his inner circle, accusing them of violating his human rights.
Saakashvili said that Poroshenko, his former ally, breached international law by stripping him of his Ukrainian citizenship and forcibly kicking him out of the country.
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli banks are helping build West Bank settlements in violation of international law by providing financial services to home buyers and local councils, Human Rights Watch said in a new report published Tuesday.
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A day after international prosecutors said they had unequivocal evidence of Russian involvement in the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine nearly four years ago, the Netherlands and Australia on Friday announced they were holding Moscow legally responsible for its role in the missile attack.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and Palestinian protests (all times local):
The world's largest body of Muslim-majority nations says it "strongly rejects and condemns" the White House's "deplorable action" to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Greece's foreign minister says Turkey's efforts to legitimize 'illegal' claims on Greek sovereign territory are doomed to fail because they're contrary to international law.
Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias says Turkey has submitted to the United Nations a document containing "erroneous positions" regarding Greek territory in the Aegean and the eastern Mediterranean and is trying to present such claims as lawful.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Latest on protests at Gaza border with Israel (all times local):
The Palestinian U.N. ambassador is challenging Israel to agree to an independent commission to investigate events in Gaza and determine "who are the criminals, who are violating international law and to hold them responsible for these crimes."
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European leaders back Syria airstrikes; China against
Many European leaders and the prime minister of Canada voiced support and understanding for the U.S.-led airstrikes against Syria, but warned against allowing the seven-year conflict to escalate.
Venezuela and China, however, condemned the airstrikes as violating international law.
U.S., western European countries condemn Russia for nerve-agent attack in England
The Trump administration joined key European allies Thursday in condemning Russia for poisoning a British former spy and his daughter, saying the nerve-agent attack violated international law that prohibits the use of chemical weapons.
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's government on Tuesday rejected two reports presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council that concluded it committed extreme human rights violations, probably amounting to crimes under international law, in its repression of several minority groups.
Government spokesman Zaw Htay said the reports presented Monday by the Independent Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar and U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee lacked credibility.
US Navy says China’s military buildup won’t stop patrols
ABOARD USS CARL VINSON, Philippines (AP) — U.S. forces are undeterred by China's military buildup on man-made islands in the South China Sea and will continue patrolling the strategic, disputed waters wherever "international law allows us," said a Navy officer aboard a mammoth U.S. aircraft carrier brimming with F-18 fighter jets.
UN reviews 206 firms over their links to Israeli settlements
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights office said Wednesday that 206 companies — mostly Israeli and American — are facing a review of their business practices involving Israeli settlements, which are considered illegal under international law.
In a long-awaited report, the office said more resources were needed to handle the complex and unprecedented task of compiling what some critics call an unfair "blacklist" and a sign of anti-Israel bias at the U.N.
UN chief calls for Syria referral to International Court
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is again calling on the U.N. Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court, pointing to "serious violations" including blocking aid deliveries and medical care to millions.
NEW YORK – The United Nations human rights chief said Wednesday that at least 85 civilians have been killed since Dec. 31 during airstrikes and ground-based attacks by Syrian government forces on rebel-held areas in the outskirts of Damascus.
How Can U.S. Lead If It Won’t Listen on Jerusalem?
I write this letter unsurprised but nonetheless pained by the United States' decision to exercise its 32nd United Nations veto on issues pertaining to Israel's violations of international law. The 32 vetoes total more than all the vetoes exercised by the four other permanent Security Council members combined in the UN's history. In this instance, the U.S. vetoed a resolution affirming the international community's stance that Jerusalem is an international city too steep in religious and cultural diversity to belong to any single state.
IBSF panel: Zubkov, Tretiakov should not be suspended
Russian Bobsled Federation president Alexandr Zubkov and top skeleton athlete Aleksandr Tretiakov should not be suspended by the International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation for now, according to an independent panel that contends they were not treated fairly in the investigation of state-sponsored doping surrounding the Sochi Olympics.