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WORLD: Court charges Sudan leader with genocide

Court charges Sudan leader with genocide

THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- The International Criminal Court on Monday charged Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir with three counts of genocide in Darfur, a move that will pile further diplomatic pressure on his isolated regime.

The decision marked the first time the world's first permanent war crimes tribunal has issued genocide charges.

An arrest warrant for al-Bashir said there were ''reasonable grounds to believe'' that since April 2003 Sudanese forces attempted genocide against the Darfur tribal groups Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa.

Somalia militia responsible for Uganda bombs

KAMPALA, Uganda -- East Africa saw the emergence of a new international terrorist group Monday, as Somalia's most dangerous al-Qaida-linked militia claimed responsibility for the twin bombings in Uganda that killed 74 people during the World Cup.

The claim by al-Shabab, whose fighters are trained by militant veterans of the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, resets the security equation in East Africa and has broader implications worldwide. The group in the past has recruited Somali-Americans to carry out suicide bombings in Mogadishu.

Gunmen kidnap four journalists

LAGOS, Nigeria -- Gunmen kidnapped four Nigerian journalists and a driver traveling through the country's oil-rich, but volatile southern delta, authorities said Monday.

The reporters had just left a conference in Akwa Ibom state Sunday when a speeding car filled with gunmen forced their bus to stop in neighboring Abia state, said Mohammed Garba, president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists.

Pepper seeds sent to vault

WASHINGTON -- Wenk's Yellow Hots, Pico de Gallos and the unpredictably hot San Juan ''Tsiles'' chili peppers have safely arrived at a ''doomsday'' vault in the Arctic.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., says he and other congressmen delivered seeds from the pepper varieties on Sunday to a Norwegian seed bank on the remote Svalbard archipelago.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault has the world's most diverse repository of seeds and is a safeguard against disasters that could wipe out food crops.