Both sides guilty of atrocities in Iraq fight: U.N. debate

Ambulances arrive to transport people injured in a suicide bombing in the centre of RamadiBy Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Both Islamist fighters and Iraqi government forces have killed civilians and committed atrocities in three months of fighting, senior U.N. officials said in an emergency debate on the conflict on Monday. There was "strong evidence" that fighters from Islamic State and linked groups had carried out targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, sexual abuse and torture, U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri told the session. Iraqi police have executed detainees while Iraqi soldiers have shelled towns and carried out air strikes killing and injuring many civilians, Pansieri said, opening the meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. Pansieri voiced deep concern at persecution of Christians, Yazidis, Shia, Turkmen and other ethnic groups by Islamic State forces that have swept through western and northern Iraq since June, driving 1.2 million Iraqis from their homes.



Parents of UK boy with tumor face Spanish hearing

Judge Ismael Moreno, right, in charged of Ashya King case arrives to the National court in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. A critically-ill 5-year-old boy driven to Spain by his parents against doctors' advice is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)MADRID (AP) — The parents of a 5-year-old British boy with a severe brain tumor they took abroad against doctors' advice were at a Madrid courthouse awaiting the start of proceedings Monday on whether to extradite them to the U.K.



Algeria's In Amenas gas plant returning to normal after attack

By Gwladys Fouche and Joachim Dagenborg OSLO (Reuters) - Normal operations are resuming at a major gas plant in Algeria, 18 months after a raid by Islamist militants killed forty employees, with full output expected in a few months, one of the plant's operators said on Monday. Norway's Statoil had kept its permanent workers away from the In Amenas plant, which it operates jointly with BP and Algeria's Sonatrach, after gunmen raided the site deep in the Sahara desert in January 2013. "The corporate executive committee has decided that ordinary rotation (of staff) is to be resumed at the plant as all defined security measures have been implemented," Statoil said in a statement. Security at the plant, which produced about 11.5 percent of Algeria's natural gas output before the attack, has been heightened, Statoil told Reuters.
UN diplomats examine Islamic State alleged crimes

Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani, Minister of Human Rights of Iraq, waits prior to the special session on Iraq of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone,Salvatore Di Nolfi)GENEVA (AP) — Iraq's government asked the U.N.'s top human rights body Monday to investigate alleged crimes against civilians committed by the Islamic State group in its rampage across northeastern Syria and northern and western Iraq.



UN says Iraq deaths drop to 1,420 in August

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United Nations says the number of Iraqis reported killed in violence has ebbed slightly in August compared to the previous month, with some 1,420 killed.


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