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U.S. deports former Salvadoran general accused of killings, torture

Salvadorian general deportedThe United States deported former Salvadoran general Eugenio Vides Casanova after a court ruled him responsible for torture and killings during El Salvador's civil war.

Vides Casanova, formerly El Salvador's defense minister and head of the National Guard, was deported and arrived with more than 100 other deportees to El Salvador on Wednesday. He was detained in late March under laws enacted in 2004 to prevent human rights violators from seeking refuge in the United States.


Italy court shooting: 'Four dead, man arrested' in Milan

Milan shootingAs many as four people are reported to have died after a man opened fire at the Palace of Justice in the Italian city of Milan before being arrested.

Officials said the gunman, identified by local media as Claudio Giardiello, was a defendant in a bankruptcy case.

The Ansa news agency said he shot a bankruptcy court judge, a lawyer and one other man. The fourth person is thought to have had a heart attack.


Islamic State group releases over 200 captive Iraqi Yazidis

YazidisIslamic State militants have released more than 200 members of the Yazidi religious community being held in northern Iraq, Kurdish security officials have said.

Most of the 216 prisoners were in poor health and bore signs of abuse, General Hiwa Abdullah told the Associated Press.  About 40 children were among those freed, while the rest were elderly.

IS attacked the Yazidis in Iraq last year, killing and abducting thousands.


Pakistan judge: Charge CIA lawyer, officer for drone strike

Pakistan drone deathsA Pakistani judge on Tuesday ordered that criminal charges be filed against a former CIA lawyer who oversaw its drone program and the one-time chief agency operative in Islamabad over a 2009 strike that killed two people.

Former acting general counsel John A. Rizzo and ex-station chief Jonathan Bank must face charges including murder, conspiracy, terrorism and waging war against Pakistan, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the Islamabad High Court ruled. A court clerk and a lawyer involved the case, Mirza Shahzad Akbar, confirmed details of the judge's ruling.


UNICEF: At least 74 children killed in Yemen since Saudi airstrikes began

Children kiledd in YemenAt least 74 children have been killed and 44 wounded since March 26, when the Saudi-led air campaign in Yemen began, UNICEF announced.

More than 100,000 Yemenis have fled their homes, and children are especially vulnerable, the United Nations children’s agency said on Monday. Warring factions have also increased their recruitment of children, the agency said.

“They are being killed, maimed and forced to flee their homes, their health threatened and their education interrupted,” Julian Harneis, UNICEF's representative in Yemen, said in the statement.


American POWs used for live experiments in Japan, according to new museum

Japanese experiments on US pilotsA university museum in Japan has broken a seven-decade taboo on discussing the dissection of live US prisoners of war by medical personnel towards the end of the Second World War.

The museum opened on Saturday in the grounds of Kyushu University, in the city of Fukuoka, and details more than a century of innovation at one of Japan's foremost medical schools. But one small section provides details of a darker chapter in the university's history, according to Kyodo News.


Dozens killed in fighting near Yemen's Aden port

Dozens killed Aden airportHouthi fighters and allied army units clashed with local militias in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Sunday, and eyewitnesses said gun battles and heavy shelling ripped through a downtown district near the city's port.

The Houthi forces have been battling to take Aden, a last foothold of fighters loyal to Saudi-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, advancing to the city center despite 11 days of air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition of mainly Gulf air forces.


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