No one thought there would be genocide, Radovan Karadzic tells UN court
CALLING himself "a mild man, a tolerant man" a strident Radovan Karadzic told the UN Yugoslav war crimes court last night he should be rewarded for doing everything to avoid war in Bosnia and insisted no one thought there would be genocide.
"I should have been rewarded for all the good things that I've done because I did everything within human power to avoid the war and to reduce human suffering," the former Bosnian Serb leader told the court in The Hague as he began his defence against charges including genocide.
Karadzic is charged with masterminding the murder of nearly 8000 Muslim men and boys by forces loyal to him in the eastern Bosnian enclave of Srebrenica in July 1995.The massacre, the worst in Europe since World War II, was carried out by Bosnian Serb troops under the command of wartime general Ratko Mladic, who overran Dutch UN peacekeepers meant to be protecting the enclave.
Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk dies at 89
Former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk, who was monarch for more than 60 years until his abdication in 2004, died early Monday in Beijing at the age of 89, state news reported.
Sihanouk died of natural causes after having been treated by Chinese doctors for years for various forms of cancer, diabetes and hypertension, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported, citing Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Nhik Bun Chhay.
The "royal government" will bring the late king's body back to his homeland for a traditional funeral, according to Cambodia's official AKP news agency. Xinhua reported that Sihanouk's son, King Norodom Sihamoni, will fly to Beijing later Monday to receive his father's body for burial.
Supreme Court to weigh Arizona voter registration case
The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to consider whether Arizona can demand that voters show proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote in federal elections.
The high court will not hear the case before the November 6 election, ensuring that the disputed registration requirement in Arizona will not be in effect.
The legal dispute over the registration requirement dates back to 2004 when Arizona voters passed a ballot initiative, Proposition 200, designed to stop illegal immigrants from voting. The measure amended state election laws to require voters to show proof of citizenship to register to vote, as well as identification to cast a ballot at the polls.
Police release names of suspected johns in Maine prostitution case
Police in Kennebunk, Maine, on Monday released the names of close to two dozen people suspected of paying to have sex with a fitness instructor at her Zumba studio.
The release came after a court ruled against a temporary restraining order to block the identities from getting out.
"The principle that court proceedings are public is essential to public confidence. If persons charged with crimes could withhold their identities, the public would not be able to monitor proceedings to observe whether justice has been done and to observe whether certain defendants may have received favored treatment," Justice Thomas Warren wrote in his decision.
Chinese scientist says fossils show prehistoric man ate _ much smaller _ pandas
A Chinese scientist says that humans used to eat pandas.
In a newspaper interview, Wei Guangbiao says prehistoric man ate the bears in what is now part of the city of Chongqing in southwest China.
HPV Vaccine Does Not Increase Signs of Sexual Activity, Study Finds
Adolescent girls who get the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine are no more likely to show signs they may be engaging in sexual activity than girls who do not get the vaccine, according to a new study that challenges a widely held belief.
HPV is the most common sexually transmitted virus, and some strains of the virus can lead to oral and genital cancers. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend the HPV vaccine for girls and boys as young as age 11.