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NATO head says alliance to more than double size of rapid response force

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NATO head Jens Stoltenberg says the rapid response force will increase from 30,000 to 40,000 troops

NATO head Jens Stoltenberg said Monday the alliance will approve plans this week to more than double the size of its rapid response force, having already created a special spearhead unit in the fallout from the Ukraine crisis. “NATO defence ministers … (will) take a decision to further increase the strength and capacity of the NATO Response Force to 30,000 to 40,000 troops, more than double its current size,” Stoltenberg said ahead of a meeting Wednesday and Thursday in Brussels. The US-led alliance set up what is known as the NATO Response Force in 2002, based on some 13,000 troops …read more

S.Africa denies it hatched plan to protect Sudan’s Bashir

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity over the conflict in Darfur, flew out of Pretoria despite a court order that barred his departure

South Africa’s government on Monday denied secretly plotting a safe exit from the country for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, despite an international arrest warrant on war crimes charges. Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity over the conflict in Darfur, flew out of Pretoria last Monday despite a court order that barred his departure. South Africa’s Sunday Times reported a secret meeting of top ministers that mapped a deal to protect Bashir.

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‘War crimes’ likely by both sides in 2014 Gaza war: UN report

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Heavy smoke billows following an Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 29, 2014

Both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year’s Gaza war, a widely anticipated United Nations report said Monday, decrying the “unprecedented” devastation and human suffering. The Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict announced it had gathered “substantial information” and “credible allegations” that both sides had committed war crimes during the conflict, which killed more than 2,140 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 people on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers. “The extent of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza was unprecedented and will impact generations to come,” the chair of the commission, …read more

‘White rights’ group leader cited by South Carolina shooter donated to Republicans: reports

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People is placed outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston

The head of a white supremacist group, cited by the suspected gunman who killed nine people at a black South Carolina church last week, has given thousands of dollars to several 2016 Republican presidential candidates, according to media reports. Earl Holt III of Texas, leader of the Council of Conservative Citizens, has donated a total of $65,000 to Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, among other politicians in recent years, the Guardian reported late on Sunday.

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