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Syria: new rebel alliance in besieged Aleppo

With regime bombardment intensifying, Syrian rebel factions in Aleppo announced a new "Shamiyya Front"—a further consolidation of "moderate" Islamist forces.

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: WHITHER JUSTICE?

from IRIN

BANGUI — As the International Criminal Court (ICC) steps up its work in the Central African Republic (CAR), pledging to bring the worst perpetrators of violence to justice, concerted efforts are being made to counter endemic impunity in CAR. But the prevailing insecurity in many parts of the country rules out any quick-fix solutions.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced in September that the ICC was ready to open its second investigation in CAR. According to Bensouda, a preliminary enquiry in February had "gathered and scrupulously analysed relevant information from multiple sources," leaving no doubt as to the ICC's right to intervene under the Statute of Rome. "The list of atrocities is endless," Bensouda emphasized. "I cannot ignore these alleged crimes."

The preliminaries may be out of the way now and the ICC set for a full investigation, but there has been no indication from The Hague as to how long it will take before suspects are identified, warrants issued and defendants brought to trial.

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