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Kosovo prosecutor suspects some killed for organs

EU prosecutor: "compelling indications" that up to 10 killed in organ harvesting in Kosovo War
Raf Casert, The Associated Press

BRUSSELS - A special European Union prosecutor said Tuesday he had "compelling indications" that up to ten captives were killed to have their organs harvested for illegal trafficking and black market sale during the 1998-99 Kosovo war.

UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime

UN rights chief: Flight 17 possible war crime; Ukraine civilian toll could violate int'l law
John Heilprin, The Associated Press

GENEVA - The downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 may be a war crime, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday.

Pillay, the U.N.'s top human rights official, called for a thorough investigation into the violation of international law that occurred when the flight was shot down with a surface-to-air missile over a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists on July 17, killing all 298 people on board.

Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster

Long odds for justice in Malaysia jet disaster, experts say
John Heilprin, The Associated Press

GENEVA - Anyone hoping to bring to justice whoever downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 must face sobering facts.

The wreckage scene is compromised, key evidence may have disappeared altogether and political complexities could block an international court from hearing the case.

If Russian nationals were involved in the disaster that claimed 298 lives, they could prove untouchable: The Russian constitution forbids extradition of its citizens.

Casualty numbers raise questions about Gaza war

Palestinian civilian casualties raise questions about Israeli campaign, possible war crimes
Karin Laub And Yousur Alhlou, The Associated Press

GAZA, Palestine - Shopkeepers say they were sitting outside their shuttered businesses Wednesday, catching a break from being cooped up during wartime, when an Israeli missile struck a nearby mosque, killing a truck driver and wounding 45 people.

One of those wounded by shrapnel said from his hospital gurney that the strike came without warning.

UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

UN rights chief: Strong possibility of Gaza war crimes in latest Israeli-Hamas conflict
John Heilprin, The Associated Press

GENEVA - The U.N.'s top human rights official demanded Wednesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations may amount to war crimes.

The warning by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay came at a special meeting of the U.N.'s top human rights body, which voted 29-1 to authorize an international commission of inquiry to investigate all alleged abuses since mid-June in the Gaza Strip.

Nazi war suspect, 89, dies as extradition OK'd

Nazi war crimes suspect, 89, dies hours before US judge grants extradition to Germany
The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect died in custody hours before a U.S. ruling Wednesday that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial.

Johann Breyer died Tuesday night at a Philadelphia hospital, where he had been transferred Saturday after a month in jail, his lawyer and the U.S. Marshals Service said. His death was disclosed Wednesday just as U.S. Magistrate Timothy Rice approved the extradition request, which would have needed final U.S. government review.

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