The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, suffers from schizophrenia and has been violent in the past.
North Korean state media say Kim Jong Un’s uncle has been executed, calling the leader’s former mentor “worse than a dog.” Jang Song Thaek had been removed from all his posts because of allegations of corruption, drug use, gambling, and womanizing.
Bangladesh on Thursday executed an opposition leader convicted of war crimes hours after the Supreme Court rejected his last-minute appeal, officials said. The death threatened to spark new violence ahead of national elections next month.
European inspectors gave the Vatican a mixed report card Thursday in its efforts to comply with international norms to fight money laundering and terror financing: While they praised the speedy overhaul of its legal code, they said the jury is still out about how those new laws are being implemented.
Nigeria’s government has largely ignored years of “mass murder” in two central states, Human Rights Watch charged Thursday, failing to prosecute known perpetrators who have burned victims alive and hacked and shot to death others because of their tribe or religion.
Prosecutors at the U.N. Yugoslav Tribunal have provisionally rested their case against Ratko Mladic, the former top Bosnian Serb general accused of 11 counts of war crimes — including genocide — for allegedly directing atrocities against civilians during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War. Mladic denies wrongdoing.
The U.S. and Britain said Wednesday they were suspending deliveries to rebels in northern Syria of nonlethal aid such as communications equipment and laptops after some of the gear was seized by Islamic militants.
A building crane collapsed Wednesday onto a supermarket in western Germany, killing one person and injuring at least five others, police said.
The main lawyer for a Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden fled Pakistan on Wednesday after receiving death threats from militants, his colleagues said.
The U.N.’s Yugoslav war crimes tribunal said Wednesday that former Bosnian Serb army chief Gen. Ratko Mladic has to testify in the defense case of his former political master Radovan Karadzic.
The sign-language interpreter on stage at Nelson Mandela’s globally broadcast memorial service was a faker who was just waving his arms around meaninglessly, advocates for the deaf said Wednesday.
In just the last three years in Africa, French forces pummeled Moammar Gadhafi’s troops, helped topple Ivory Coast’s holdout ex-president and ousted al-Qaida-linked militants from the rocky Malian desert.
Russia reserves the right to use nuclear weapons in response to a conventional strike and sees them as a “great equalizer” reducing the likelihood of aggression, a senior Russian official said Wednesday.
America’s top military officer warned the withdrawal of most U.S. and allied forces from Afghanistan by the end of next year could reverse gains made in the war against the Taliban and further destabilize the region.
India’s Supreme Court struck down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexual conduct, dealing a blow Wednesday to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India’s deeply conservative society.
Canada’s postal service says it will phase out home delivery within urban centers within the next five years.