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April 13, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE
Armenian organizations throughout the Los Angeles area will begin a monthlong commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Armenian genocide this weekend, culminating April 23 in a church service in Glendale that draws thousands of Armenians annually. Beginning in April, 1915, Turkey launched a massive extermination of Armenians in a drive to conquer its neighbor nation. The number of Armenian casualties has never been calculated, but experts believe several million lives were lost.
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April 26, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
There will come a day, some said, when Armenians won't need to take to the streets in protest, and they will simply honor slain ancestors with peaceful lament. But that day didn't appear any closer Saturday, as Armenians gathered worldwide to commemorate the Armenian genocide of 1915, which claimed the lives of about 1.2 million Armenians under Ottoman-ruled Turkey. In Yerevan, Armenia's capital, hundreds of thousands laid flowers at a monument to the victims, while across Southern California, Armenian families marched, prayed and paused to remember lost great-grandparents, great-grand-uncles and great-grand-aunts —loved ones who were deported, starved, arrested and executed almost 100 years ago. The Turkish government does not recognize the genocide, and a long-debated resolution that would call for the United States to officially acknowledge the killings faces opposition in Congress.
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November 24, 2001 | From Associated Press
The U.N. war crimes tribunal in The Hague has agreed to hear genocide charges against former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic for alleged atrocities during the 1992-95 Bosnian war, a spokeswoman said Friday. Milosevic, who led Yugoslavia through four Balkan wars in the 1990s, already faces two indictments accusing him of war crimes in Croatia and in Kosovo, a province of Serbia, the dominant republic of Yugoslavia.
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January 31, 2001 | AMBERIN ZAMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Defense Ministry scrapped a $200-million deal with a French company Tuesday as Turkey swiftly retaliated against a new French law recognizing as a genocide the killings of Armenians during the Ottoman Empire. The decision to cancel Dassault Aviation's contract to upgrade electronic warfare systems on 80 Turkish F-16 warplanes came immediately after French President Jacques Chirac signed the law, which was passed by Parliament on Jan. 18.
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August 19, 2011 | By Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times
Issa Munyangaju is willing to tell his story, but he requires a beer. He sips a Primus in a dim concrete bar and talks about the houseboy he shot during the genocide. They were friends, he says, until they came to a roadblock manned by Hutu militiamen. They gave Munyangaju, also Hutu, a gun. They told him he would be killed if he didn't execute his friend, whose ethnic group, the Tutsis, had been targeted for extermination. "I followed their orders," Munyangaju, 44, says. He put a bullet in the young man's stomach, and was within earshot when another shot finished him off. While he was in prison, government officials visited to tout the benefits of confessing at a type of trial known as gacaca (pronounced ga-CHA-cha)
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April 18, 2013 | By Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - On the first day of trial, a witness named Bernardo Bernal recounted how, as a 9-year-old in the spring of 1983, he hid in a stream and watched Guatemalan soldiers kill his parents and two younger brothers. On the second day of testimony in Guatemala City, a man named Pedro Chavez Brito described how soldiers found him and his siblings hiding in a traditional sauna in their village on Nov. 4, 1982. His sister was carrying a newborn. " 'You are a guerrilla, you gave food to the guerrillas,' they said to my sister," the witness said, according to an unofficial transcript of the genocide case in Guatemala.
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July 24, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Former President Clinton, visiting a Rwandan genocide memorial, expressed regret for his "personal failure" to prevent the 1994 slaughter of more than 800,000 people. On a brief visit to look at anti-AIDS projects in Rwanda, Clinton placed a wreath at a museum commemorating victims of the 100-day massacre by Hutu extremists during his presidency. "I express regret for my personal failure," he said.
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January 14, 2011 | By Maeve Reston and Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
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June 22, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A Bosnian Serb accused of commanding a notorious detention camp where hundreds of Muslims and Croats were killed, tortured and raped was acquitted of genocide. Dusko Sikirica, 37, alleged commander of Keraterm camp, had pleaded not guilty to genocide, complicity to commit genocide, crimes against humanity and violating the laws or customs of war. He was the first camp commander in Bosnia-Herzegovina to face the Yugoslavia war crimes tribunal in The Hague on a genocide charge.
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April 16, 1995 | JOHN BALZAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There is no space remaining in hell today. The doomed already fill it. They live, sleep, eat, rot and die squeezed together four men per square yard in the roofless brick box that is Gitarama Prison. Built to confine 400 on a ridge among the banana and potato communes of central Rwanda, the prison yard is now engorged with 6,793. There is no room to lie and sleep, no space to sit.
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