World Gambia president receives report on ex-dictator Jammeh crimes
Libya elders urge boycott over Kadhafi presidential bid
Elders from several cities called for a boycott of presidential elections and protesters shut voting stations in western Libya on Monday after former dictator Moamer Kadhafi's son registered to run. Seif al-Islam Kadhafi, whose whereabouts have been secret for years, on Sunday became the first heavyweight candidate to sign up for the December 24 poll. But an influential council of elders from Misrata, a city which played a key role in the 2011 uprising that toppled his father, called for an election boycott.
Investigators handed a long-awaited report on crimes committed under ex-dictator Yahya Jammeh to Gambia's president on Thursday, in a move that victims hope will pave the way to prosecution.
The final report of the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) was originally scheduled for release in July but has been delayed several times.
Publishing the report is politically sensitive in the West African country, where Jammeh has significant support.
The nation of two million people is also in the middle of a presidential campaign in which the return of the former dictator from exile has been a central theme.
East Libya strongman Haftar says to run for president
The strongman in the east of war-scarred Libya, Khalifa Haftar, said Tuesday he would run for president in a December 24 election that is also set to be contested by a son of former dictator Moamer Kadhafi. His announcement comes two days after the candidacy of Seif al-Islam Kadhafi -- the son of slain dictator Moamer Kadhafi -- who has been accused of war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Both are controversial figures. Haftar, backed by Russia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, is despised by many in western Libya and has been accused of seeking to establish a military dictatorship.
TRRC officials handed President Adama Barrow their findings in a ceremony in the capital Banjul, an AFP journalist saw.
The report comes after more than two years of truth hearings into Jammeh-era crimes.
Witnesses gave chilling evidence to the TRRC about state-sanctioned torture, death squads, rape and witch hunts, often at the hands of the "Junglers", as Jammeh's death squads were known.
The TRRC has not been empowered to prosecute those responsible for crimes.
But its report is highly anticipated by rights groups and victims because of the possibility it will recommend pursuing criminal charges against Jammeh.
The contents of the report will not immediately be made public.
Barrow is expected to release a white paper on how to implement its recommendations within six months, according to the TRRC.
Jammeh seized power in 1994 as part of a bloodless military coup in The Gambia -- the smallest country in mainland Africa.
He then ruled with an iron fist until January 2017, when he fled to Equatorial Guinea after losing presidential elections to Barrow, then a relative unknown.
German court convicts ex-IS member in Yazidi girl's death .
BERLIN (AP) — A former member of the Islamic State group was convicted by a German court on Tuesday of genocide and committing a war crime over the death of a 5-year-old Yazidi girl he had purchased as a slave and then chained up in the hot sun to die. The Frankfurt regional court sentenced Taha Al-J., an Iraqi citizen whose full last name wasn’t released because of privacy rules, to life imprisonment and ordered him to pay the girl's motherThe Frankfurt regional court sentenced Taha Al-J., an Iraqi citizen whose full last name wasn’t released because of privacy rules, to life imprisonment and ordered him to pay the girl's mother 50,000 euros ($57,000).