DRC leader goes on trial for troops’ atrocities

Mail and Guardian

MARIE-LAURE MICHEL | THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS

Former vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba of the Democratic Republic of Congo goes on trial on Monday for rapes and murders allegedly committed by his troops, in a landmark trial set to last for months.

Bemba is charged with three counts of war crimes and two of crimes against humanity for the alleged atrocities of about 1 500 fighters of his Congolese Liberation Movement (MLC) between October 2002 and March 2003. Continue reading DRC leader goes on trial for troops’ atrocities

Yale University to return Machu Picchu artefacts

BBC News, Lima

By Dan Collyns

Aerial view of the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu in Cuzco, Peru's most important archaeological site. Photo: Reuters

Yale University has promised to return thousands of archaeological pieces taken from Machu Picchu nearly a century ago, Peru’s president has said.

The relics from the 15th Century Inca citadel have been the focus of a bitter dispute lasting more than seven years. Continue reading Yale University to return Machu Picchu artefacts