Kosovo president charged with war crimes over 1990s killings

first_imgProsecutors said they decided to make the accusations public because Thaci and Veseli had made “repeated attempts” to obstruct the KSC.The charges will now be put before a pre-trial judge at the KSC for a decision to confirm them, the prosecutors said. Topics : The charges against both men were brought on April 24 but not revealed publicly at the time, prosecutors said in a statement.”The indictment alleges that Hashim Thaci, Kadri Veseli and the other charged suspects are criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders,” the statement added.The accused are also facing other charges such as enforced disappearance of persons, persecution and torture.The crimes alleged in the indictment “involved hundreds of known victims of Kosovo Albanian, Serb, Roma, and other ethnicities and include political opponents”. Wartime atrocities Thaci was preparing for a summit at the White House on Saturday with Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic and local media reports suggested he had already left for the US.But US special envoy to Serbia and Kosovo Richard Grenell, who organized the White House meeting, said in a tweet that Thaci had cancelled going to the summit following the charges in The Hague.”I respect his decision not to attend the discussions until the legal issues of those allegations are settled,” Grenell said. Talks will now go ahead with Kosovo’s new Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, who has moved to ease friction with Serbia.Thaci’s office did not specify his whereabouts.But before the charges were announced he gave an interview in Albanian capital Tirana and was headed from there to Frankfurt, the journalist who interviewed him told AFP.The EU-backed tribunal was established in 2015 to investigate crimes by independence-seeking ethnic Albanian guerrillas against mainly Serb civilians during the 1998-1999 war.The conflict pitted Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas seeking independence for the southern Serbian province of Kosovo against Serbia’s forces, who withdrew from the territory after an 11-week NATO bombing campaign.The tribunal was created after a Council of Europe report tied former guerrilla leaders, including Thaci, to atrocities.The court announced earlier this year that it had handed down its first indictments against high-ranking Kosovo officials without naming them, but speculation was already rife that it included Thaci.Asked in April whether he would resign if he was charged, Thaci told local media he was not even thinking about it and would “respond positively” if he was asked to appear at the tribunal.center_img Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has been charged with 10 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the country’s conflict in the 1990s, a tribunal in The Hague said on Wednesday.Wartime intelligence chief and former parliamentary speaker Kadri Veseli is also accused of war crimes by specialist prosecutors before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers.Veseli has denied the accusations. ‘Serious indictments’ News of the indictment was met with caution by many in Pristina.”This court, if it works properly, will clean up the KLA’s war [record], because it is extremely certain that no KLA soldier who has worn the uniform has committed crimes against Serb civilians,” Skender Musa, a lawyer told AFP.These are “very serious indictments. I hope they are not true and we will prove our clean war,” added Ermal Emini, an economist.Kosovo’s ex-prime minister, Ramush Haradinaj, resigned last July after being summoned by the prosecutor for interrogation as a suspect.Veseli said in November he had been summoned by the court to be questioned.”The allegations raised are completely untrue and do not hold. There is also no basis for the accusations that we were impeding the work of the court,” Veseli said in Pristina.The KSC opened its doors in The Hague as the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was winding down after almost 25 years of prosecuting crimes committed in the Balkans after Yugoslavia’s break-up in the early 1990s. Haradinaj was acquitted of war crimes by the ICTY in 2012.Kosovo’s independence war claimed around 13,000 lives, the majority of whom were ethnic Albanians.The territory unilaterally declared its independence in 2008 with backing from the United States and most of the West.But Serbia and its allies China and Russia have never accepted the move, and the status of Kosovo remains a major source of tension in the Balkans.last_img read more

‘I’m a non-binary 10-year-old’

first_imgBBC News 18 September 2016Family First Comment: No – you’re a biological female. A beautiful 10 year old girl. Celebrate your uniqueness! And don’t let adults confuse and exploit you with mythical terms like ‘non-binary’ and ‘gender identity’.Leo is 10 years old. For most of his life he’s lived as a girl, but this summer he began to speak openly about his sense that this didn’t feel quite right. With research help for his parents, he’s decided he is non-binary – in his case, both masculine and feminine – though for the moment he dresses as a boy and has taken a male name. This is Leo’s story in his own words.I’m not a boy.I thought I was a boy, because I’m not entirely a girl. We tried that for a bit, and I thought: “No, this is not right.”Then we did some research and we found the word is gender non-binary… and it really works, it’s just me.I don’t know what age I was when I identified that I wasn’t feeling right.Actually I told my teacher first. I got really frustrated because I asked why none of the girls got boys’ parts in a play that we were doing. It wasn’t right.I pulled her over and said: “I’m not a girl.”READ MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37383914last_img read more

Whittingham keeps the faith

first_imgPeter Whittingham believes Cardiff have given themselves a “fighting chance” of staving off relegation with their victory at Southampton. “It would be nice to follow this up with another win on Saturday, back-to-back wins would be huge. It is about how we prepare again this week.” Victory against Mark Hughes’ side will be vital to any hopes they have of beating the drop and would be just the fourth in the league during Solskjaer’s reign. Arriving as Malky Mackay’s replacement in January, the Norwegian has so far struggled at the Cardiff City Stadium even though his approach has impressed the players. “He has brought an air of calmness, to be honest,” Whittingham added. “He wants us to play the right way, wants us to play football, but it is how we fight as well. “We did that and it is a great result for him and, of course, the fans.” In truth, the deciding factor at St Mary’s was the grit and determination Cardiff showed after Cala found the net. Southampton bossed the encounter but they failed to turn their dominance into goals, with manager Mauricio Pochettino bemoaning a lack of cutting edge afterwards. Saints midfielder Steven Davis echoed those sentiments and vowed to kick on when they travel to face his former club Aston Villa next weekend. “I think we played generally quite well, moved the ball well and had a lot of possession, created a lot of chances, but we didn’t do enough in front of goal before they got the first one,” he told Saints Player. “We’ll go away from it feeling disappointed and frustrated because we always look to win our home games and unfortunately we couldn’t do that. “It’s just a frustrating day more than anything because of the way that we’ve played. “There are positives to take but it didn’t drop for us in front of goal and we couldn’t get the three points so we have to look forward now to our four remaining games and try to pick up as many points as possible. “I think in the way we’ve shown in every game this season, the demands we’ve placed on each other to drive this club forward, and to try and drive each other on as much as possible, and there’s still four games with a lot to play for in our minds, so we need to play and train in that way.” Juan Cala was the hero at St Mary’s, with the centre-back’s wondrous 20-yard strike securing the Premier League’s worst travellers a vital 1-0 win. Few had expected Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to return from the south coast with a point never mind all three and that result has seen them claw back some of their relegation rivals. The Bluebirds remain 19th in the standings but have halved the gap to safety to three points as the season enters the final four matches. “It is huge,” midfielder Whittingham said. “It was a must-win for us and to get three points drags a lot of teams into it and gives us a fighting chance. “I said before it was a must-win. We felt like if we didn’t get three points then it would probably leave us a little bit out in the cold. “But it was a good result for us against a good Southampton team, so to get three points was unbelievable. “The last 10 minutes they had so much of the ball and putting it in our box, so it was about how we defended. “The boys defended really well and we’re really happy to get three points.” Next up for Cardiff is another must-win clash against Stoke, who head to south Wales buoyed by four wins from their past five matches. “It is going to take a lot of fight,” Whittingham said. “There are no easy wins in the Premier League. Press Associationlast_img read more

Michael Emenalo defends Chelsea’s loan policy

first_img “That didn’t suit the reason for which we had already gone to get him. “So we felt it would be better for him to go and rediscover his confidence and he hasn’t just gone to any other team… he’s gone to Juventus. “These players go to top clubs and when they get there they prove we don’t recruit bad players, just like Salah did last season.” Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has defended the loan policy which saw more than 30 players depart the Barclays Premier League club on a temporary basis this summer. The reigning champions have allowed the likes of Juan Cuadrado – bought from Fiorentina for £23.3million in January – and Mohamed Salah to move to Juventus and Roma respectively, while Victor Moses joined West Ham for the 2015-16 season shortly after signing a new contract with the Blues. Nathaniel Chalobah and Marco van Ginkel are among the other senior players now operating elsewhere. Press Association The remaining loanees are mostly members of Chelsea’s youth academy and Under-21 ranks but the club, who are not breaking any rules, have been accused of unfairly stockpiling players. Emenalo insists the loan system has been put in place precisely to promote the development of talent. He told Chelsea TV: “We have the difficult job – one we happily accept because we are a big club – of trying to balance being successful with making sure we have the right players at the right time. “Sometimes we know there are players whose development is not finished, just like Victor (Moses), who we want to keep with our squad but who maybe needs to play more football to get to the level we think he can get to, because he is very, very talented.” The Nigerian admitted Cuadrado had been allowed to join Juventus after suffering a crisis of confidence when he arrived at Stamford Bridge in the wake of Chelsea’s 5-3 defeat at Tottenham. At the same time, though, Egypt international Salah was sent to Fiorentina, for whom he would score nine goals, reinforcing Emenalo’s faith in Chelsea’s loan policy. “Sometimes the timing is not right for them,” he said. “For example we got (Juan) Cuadrado straight after a very difficult game at Spurs and we had to change our strategy for the rest of the season. last_img read more

US, Canada and Mexico confirm joint 2026 World Cup hosting bid

first_imgTHE first edition of the 48-team World Cup could take place across North America with the US, Canada and Mexico combining for a hosting bid for the world’s biggest sporting event in 2026.FIFA announced the decision to expand international football’s premier competition by 16 sides last January, and the North American trio became the first countries to make their interest in hosting the event official at a media conference in New York yesterday.CONCACAF is in line to receive six qualification spots for the expanded World Cup, meaning only three automatic places would remain available if the US, Canada and Mexico are successful. The qualification proposals are set to be ratified in May.The US has co-hosted the Gold Cup with Mexico in 1993 and 2003, while the most recent edition saw Canada share responsibilities with their neighbours to the south.The World Cup has taken place in Mexico twice – in 1970 and 1986 – while the US was the venue for the 1994 edition.US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati said: “The last time I stood here (One World Trade Center) was to say goodbye, goodbye to the Copa America.“Now today we are saying hello, hello to something else, and what we are saying hello to is the 2026 World Cup and our efforts to bring that back to the United States, Canada and Mexico. We look forward to welcoming the world after what we hope is a very successful bid. Before this conference is over we will sign a memorandum of understanding between the three of our countries, signifying we will bid together.”“The general parameters of that bid are 80 games, three quarters of which will be played in the United States – 60 games in the United States – and 10 each in Canada and Mexico. The final decision on those things is up to FIFA, but that is our proposal and our agreement together. The election of Donald Trump as US President has heightened political tensions with neighbours Mexico, but Gulati insisted Trump supported and actively encouraged their involvement in the bid.”“We have the full support of the United States government in this project. The president of the United States is fully supportive and encouraged us to have this joint bid,” added Gulati.He is especially pleased that Mexico is part of this bid and that’s in the last few days we’ve got further encouragement on that. We’re not at all concerned about some of the other issues that some people may raise.“We looked at bidding alone and decided in the end we wanted to bid with our partners in North America and we have strong encouragement from President Trump to that very end.”last_img read more

Khan, Shaw and Bhagwandin take Survival Supermarket Pre-Fathers’ Day Golf Classic

first_imgKASSIM ‘Sugar’ Khan, Mahendra ‘Rommel’ Bhagwandin, and Aasrodeen ‘Tackie’ Shaw defied the opposition to emerge winners in the various flights of the Survival Supermarket Chain Pre-Fathers’ Day Golf ClassicIn the 20 – 28 Flight, ‘Rommel’ who has not been in the Winners Row for a few months, commented “From Tee to Green, my game was solid; I ensured that I didn’t get in the rough, because that would have been very detrimental under these weather conditions; that was the success of my game today [Saturday].”He placed way ahead of all the other golfers, returning the best net score for his Flight and the whole tournament. Winners were: Rommel Bhagwandin (66/21) – 1st; Apostle Balgobin Ragnauth (74/21) – 2nd. Dr Philbert London (Pope Emmanuel) came in 3rd with 79/24.In the 11 – 19 Flight, veteran Club Treasurer ‘Tackie’ Shaw outdid former PRO, William Walker, to emerge champ in the Flight. Tackie indicated that he “chipped and putted very well today”, while William, who has been shy of winning for several months, gleefully stated “every dog has his day!”Winners were Tackie Shaw (67/16) – 1st, and William Walker (68/13) – 2nd. Other notable scores were offered by Satrohan Tiwari (72/15), Shanella Webster-London (73/15), and Mahendranauth Tewari (77/14).In the 0 – 10 Flight, regular winners– ‘Sugar’ Khan and ‘Pat’ Prashad– tied for 1st place but Kassim, who contended that “Quality performance, which I normally deliver, made me stand out today” pipped Pat on the countback of the back nine.Winners were ‘Sugar’ Khan (73/9) – 1st and ‘Pat’ Prashad (73/9) – 2nd. Close contention came from Alfred Mentore (74/10), Mike Mangal (76/10), and Club President Aleem Hussain (77/9).The Nearest-to-the-pin prize was won by Troy Cadogan, while amusingly, the Longest Drive was won by Dr Joaan Deo, who, while her drive was not the biggest, she managed to keep her ball on the Fairway, while the other better drives sent their balls into the Rough.last_img read more

Syracuse freshmen start postseason quest for national championship

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The freshmen on No. 2 Syracuse (16-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast) have said all season that they came to SU to compete for national championships. So when the Orange received the second seed during the NCAA tournament selection show Sunday night, they were ready to let loose and celebrate.“We were definitely on pins and needles,” back Lindsey Nerbonne said. “We were all on the edge of our seats. Once we saw our names up there, everyone was just ecstatic and jumping around and stuff.”But mere hours later, it was back to business.For the Orange, official work begins at J.S. Coyne Stadium on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. against Michigan State (13-9, 4-2 Big Ten), which defeated Miami (Ohio) 3-0 on Wednesday to earn a spot in the 16-team bracket. SU has already faced the Spartans once this season, posting a 4-0 victory back on Sept. 6.At that point, Karlee Farr, Serra Degnan, Tayler Evans and Nerbonne were still rookies trying to assert their roles on the team. Now that they’ve done so, they’re ready to mount a postseason charge.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s awesome that it’s finally here,” Farr said of the tournament. “We can finally put everything we’ve worked for into winning the national championship.“It’s what we’ve been going for all season.”But it’s only become apparent that all four are key to Syracuse’s success during the latter portion of the schedule. Farr and Degnan have scored a combined 12 goals this season, and all but one of those came after ACC play began. In that same time frame, Nerbonne has made six starts and become a key substitute for the Orange down the stretch. Evans has started every game this season, but her defense improved tremendously during the second half of the season.Degnan said clearing the mental hurdles has been more crucial than any mechanical or tactical adjustment.“It’s about going in with confidence, not underestimating yourself, and believing in yourself more than anyone else would,” Degnan said. “Knowing that you go out there and practice every day so that in the game you can definitely do it.”It also takes a head coach who’s willing to trust them in key situations.SU head coach Ange Bradley said that playing some of the best teams in the country is often the best form of learning for young players. After seeing how her underclassmen performed against Michigan State, Duke and most recently North Carolina, she said it’s not even fair to call them freshmen anymore.“If they were going to be in over their head, it would have happened,” Bradley said. “These kids have been seasoned, and as I said, I hope they’re thinking of themselves as sophomores at this point.”While that won’t officially happen until after the tournament concludes, there’s a fair amount of validity to her mindset. In many ways, the Orange’s performance in the tournament will depend on the freshmen and how they handle pressure. However, their play during the regular season suggests they have what it takes to help carry the team to a title.Then the celebration can last a little longer than it did earlier this week.“This has been my dream forever,” Nerbonne said. “I know we’re all just so excited, especially as freshmen coming in, being part of such a successful program.” Comments Published on November 14, 2013 at 1:30 am Contact Tyler: tfpiccot@syr.edulast_img read more

Nenagh Celtic knocked out of FAI Junior Cup

first_imgAidan Roche scored a dramatic injury time winner against Nenagh Celtic last night to send Liffey Wanderers into the quarter final of the FAI Junior Cup where they will face Donnycarney FC.The game looked like it was going to extra time, but with 94 minutes on the clock the Dublin side scored a late goal to secure a quarter final spot.  The late winner saw them progress into the quarter-finals on a full-time score line of Liffey Wanderers 3 Nenagh Celtic 2.  Matt Tutlebee was at the game for Tipp FM Sport.Liffey Wanderers home quarter final clash with Donnycarney is expected to take place on the weekend of the 28th or 29th of March.last_img

Tipp are ready for action

first_imgThrow-in at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday is at 4 o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in assocation with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh. Tipp Captain Brendan Maher is named to start in at centre forward.The converted back and midfielder is enjoying the challenge of his new position. Limerick have beaten Tipp in the 2013 and 2014 Munster championships.They are hoping to complete a rare treble over Tipp. The Limerick corner forward Graham Mulcahy says Limerick have been training hard over the last number of weeks and it has them well prepared for battle on Sunday afternoon last_img

Watford Completes £8m Deal for Derby Midfielder

first_imgWatford has completed the signing of midfielder Will Hughes from Derby County for £8m on a five-year deal.Hughes made 165 Championship appearances for the Rams.The 22-year-old is currently on international duty with England’s Under-21 squad at the European Championships in Poland and will join the Hornets squad on his return.He is the first signing made by the Premier League club since Marco Silva was appointed manager on May 27.Silva succeeded Walter Mazzarri at Vicarage Road, with the Italian dismissed before the final league match of a season in which the Hornets finished 17th. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img