International Criminal Court jails Congolese former vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba for 18 years for war crimes. Bemba was convicted of murders, rapes and acts of pillaging committed by his troops in neighboring CAR more than ten years ago.
From ordering executions to shooting vulnerable prisoners, a Libyan commander has been accused of committing war crimes. The ICC has urged authorities to detain to determine his culpability in several summary executions.
ICC judges have made legal history by ruling that a former rebel must pay compensation for the destruction of ancient shrines in Mali's Timbuktu. The historic sites were destroyed in 2012.
Kasai is a major trouble spot in Democratic Republic of Congo. Over the last eight months, 400 people have died in clashes between militia and government troops. UN investigators have registered 40 mass graves.
The UN vote came just hours after a prosecutor for the ICC said war-crimes may have been committed in the DR Congo. The UN is also pressing President Joseph Kabila to honor a power-sharing deal with the opposition.
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