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International Arrest Warrant Germany Takes Aim at Assad's Torture Boss

DER SPIEGEL has learned that Germany's chief federal prosecutor has issued an international arrest warrant for one of the Syrian regime's top intelligence officials. He is suspected of being responsible for wide-scale torture and murder. Von Jörg Diehl, Christoph Reuter und Fidelius Schmid
8. Juni 2018, 13:23 Uhr

The Ocampo Affair Current ICC Chief Prosecutor Weighed Down by Predecessor

Current ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda insisted recently that she has had no recent interaction with her predecessor Luis Ocampo, who finds himself mired in scandal. But documents seen by DER SPIEGEL indicate that she may not have been telling the truth. Von Sven Becker und Dietmar Pieper
17. Oktober 2017, 10:17 Uhr

War on Doctors The Deadly Business of War-Zone Medical Care

With governments bombing hospitals and militias attacking medical staff, the work of Doctors without Borders is in jeopardy. Rules to protect aid workers in war zones are increasingly being ignored. Von Katrin Kuntz
22. September 2016, 15:05 Uhr

Nazi Extortion Study Sheds New Light on Forced Greek Loans

Is Germany liable to Athens for loans the Nazis forced the Greek central bank to provide during World War II? A new study in Greece could increase the pressure on Berlin to pay up. Von Manfred Ertel, Katrin Kuntz und Walter Mayr
21. März 2015, 14:18 Uhr

'Strong Moralizing' A Legal Look at Greek Reparations Demands

Athens has demanded that Germany pay Greece billions in World War II reparations. Berlin, though, has ignored the requests. International law professor Frank Schorkopf says that Germany has already fulfilled its obligations through wealth transfers. Von Dietmar Hipp
13. März 2015, 19:56 Uhr

Postwar Rape Were Americans As Bad as the Soviets?

In the popular imagination, American GIs in postwar Germany were well-liked and well-behaved. But a new book claims that US soldiers raped up to 190,000 women at the end of World War II. Is there any truth to the controversial claim? Von Klaus Wiegrefe
2. März 2015, 18:36 Uhr

The Drama of Sinjar Escaping the Islamic State in Iraq

Last week, thousands of Yazidis were evacuated from the Sinjar Mountains in Iraq, where they had fled due to marauding fighters from the Islamic State. Kurdish fighters from the PKK helped them escape, but it remains unclear if anyone can stop the IS jihadists. Von Christoph Reuter
18. August 2014, 16:16 Uhr

War in South Sudan The World's Youngest State Faces Failure

It was only three years ago that South Sudan celebrated its newfound independence from Sudan. Now, a civil war is tearing the young state apart amid reports of war crimes and ethnic cleansing. At the heart of the conflict is oil and corruption. Von Bartholomäus Grill
2. Juli 2014, 16:52 Uhr

Assad's New Bomb Syrian Regime Hasn't Abandoned Chemical Weapons

Despite its pledge to eliminate chemical weapons, the Assad regime is attacking towns and villages with chlorine gas bombs. SPIEGEL visited the communities hit by the most recent bombings to interview victims, doctors and eyewitnesses. Von Christoph Reuter
8. Mai 2014, 12:40 Uhr

Syria's Bodies 'The Stench Was Unfathomable'

Photos released last week show that the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad tortures, starves and murders its prisoners. The images provide grisly evidence to support what witnesses have been telling SPIEGEL for months. Von Christoph Reuter und Christoph Scheuermann
27. Januar 2014, 15:52 Uhr

The Penitant Warlord Atoning for 20,000 War Crimes

For years, Joshua Milton Blahyi, better known as General Butt Naked, was one of Liberia's most feared warlords. Then he became a pastor. Today he visits the families of his victims to seek forgiveness for his sins. Von Jonathan Stock
30. Oktober 2013, 12:56 Uhr

Rest in Ignominy Clashes Disrupt Funeral for Nazi War Criminal

Violent clashes erupted on Tuesday between anti-Fascist protesters and neo-Nazis outside Rome when a small ultra-conservative Catholic sect tried to hold a funeral for recently deceased Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke. Italian officials say they may send the body to Germany.
16. Oktober 2013, 13:24 Uhr

Not in My Backyard Cities Reject Burial for Nazi War Criminal

Ever since convicted Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke died last week, everyone from the Roman government to the Catholic Church have been washing their hands of him. Officials in his German hometown fear a burial site there could become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis.
15. Oktober 2013, 15:27 Uhr

Boxing in Congo Boys Learn to Throw Punches, Not Grenades

He was a child soldier in Congo until a bomb fragment cost him his eye. Today, the boxer known as Kibomango teaches young men his skills in the hopes it will keep them from joining rebel militias. Von Johannes Korge
14. Oktober 2013, 13:01 Uhr

Nobel Peace Prize Honor Highlights OPCW's Risky Syrian Mission

The OPCW has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work to eradicate chemical weapons around the world. But the honor pointedly draws attention to its current challenge: disposing of Syria's arsenal in the midst of a civil war. Von Raniah Salloum
11. Oktober 2013, 18:29 Uhr

Nazi Leader 'Mystery' Secret Rudolf Hess File to be Auctioned

A dossier of documents apparently drawn up by Rudolf Hess after the Nazi leader's flight to Scotland in 1941 has been discovered, and will be auctioned in the US. Whether it will shed any light on the bizarre actions of the Deputy Führer is another matter. Von Axel Frohn
10. September 2013, 17:19 Uhr