BBC News with Gaenor Howells
An American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians earlier this week has been flown out of Afghanistan. The victims, nine of them children, were shot in their homes early on Sunday. Paul Adams reports.
The removal of the soldier responsible for the shootings is likely to cause anger in Afghanistan when members of parliament have demanded that he be put on trial there. But this was never going to happen - the United States has always insisted that charges of wrongdoing by its soldiers be dealt with within the American military legal system. Nothing was ever going to change that. The soldier has yet to be charged and thus remains anonymous. US officials say he handed himself in. If, as seems possible, he requires psychological evaluation, it could be some time before he's identified, let alone charged. The US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said that if found guilty, the soldier could face the death penalty.
The United States has welcomed the conviction for war crimes of the Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga, describing it as a historic and important step in providing justice to the Congolese people. The International Criminal Court in The Hague, which is not officially recognised by the Americans, found Thomas Lubanga guilty of recruiting and using child soldiers. Peter Biles reports.
Thomas Lubanga's crimes date back nearly a decade when an ethnic conflict erupted in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was handed over to The Hague six years ago, and his trial began in 2009. Today, the verdict of the judges was unanimous. They found Lubanga guilty of conscripting and enlisting children under the age of 15, and using them in battle as soldiers and bodyguards. The guilty verdict has been widely welcomed. Prosecutors hope it'll send a message to many other perpetrators of war crimes.
The giant American investment bank Goldman Sachs has defended itself and its service to its clients after stinging public criticism from one of its own executives. Greg Smith, a director, wrote in the New York Times that he's quitting Goldman Sachs because he's sick of hearing colleagues talk about ripping off clients. Mark Gregory has more.
Explaining his decision to leave after 25-year service, Mr Smith described the present culture of Goldman Sachs as "toxic and destructive".
He blamed top management for a decline in moral fibre, saying the interests of clients are "sidelined" in the way the bank operates and makes money. The comments from an insider about one of the most prestigious names in finance come as bankers face criticism for their allegedly excessive pay and their part responsibility for the global financial crisis.
Saudi Arabia has closed its embassy in Syria and withdrawn all its staff because of the violence there. The Saudis along with the Gulf states had already withdrawn their ambassador and expelled Syria's envoy.
World News from the BBC
The relatives of dozens of children caught in a deadly coach crash have flown from Belgium to Switzerland, where the accident happened on Tuesday night. Twenty-two children died along with six adults. The bus slammed into the wall of a tunnel, but investigators say they don't know why.
President Obama and the British Prime Minister David Cameron, who's visiting Washington, have both declared that the international mission in Afghanistan is making real progress. Mr Obama said the United States and Britain remained committed to their plan to transfer full responsibility for security to Afghan forces in two years' time. Mr Cameron said the mission was necessary but costly.
"Recent days have reminded us just how difficult our mission is and how high the cost of this war has been for Britain, for America and for Afghans themselves. Britain has fought alongside America every day since the start. We have 9,500 men and women still serving there. More than 400 have given their lives and today, again, we commemorate each and every one of them. But we will not give up on this mission because Afghanistan must never again be a safe haven for al-Qaeda to launch attacks against us."
In a significant new departure for Burma, the state-controlled media have broadcast an election message by the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. She called for media freedom, an end to repressive measures and an independent judiciary. A section of her script was censored by the authorities.
The Vatican has given its approval to the return of a young crocodile to Cuba ahead of the Pope's visit to the Caribbean island later this month. The endangered reptile, which has been sent to a zoo in Havana, has become known as the "Pope's crocodile" since he was presented with it in January. The Catholic Church has had difficult relations with the Cuban government, and analysts say the gesture ahead of the Pope's trip to Cuba will not go unnoticed.
- Storing Luggage for a Few Hours 存放几个小时 阅读:38 2017-02-22
- 这些电影活活拍成了人生教育片，可是你看懂了吗？ 阅读:92 2016-11-03
- 通过词根记单词14:de-,di- 阅读:58 2016-02-19
- 浅谈口译 阅读:25 2018-04-24
- 还以为“BITCH”是个脏字儿你就输了！ 阅读:63 2016-10-10
- 细说英语单词：豆腐帐 阅读:39 2016-02-21
- 改掉这5个坏习惯让你的生活更健康 阅读:95 2017-02-19
- 为什么打喷嚏时老外说“Bless you”？ 阅读:47 2016-10-12
- 换种方式说yes！ 阅读:47 2016-10-15
- 什么是4D男人？ 阅读:74 2016-02-23
- Complimenting Someone''s Clothes 称赞别人的衣着 阅读:15 2018-04-05
- Time tries all. 阅读:15 2018-05-15
- 【双语有声阅读】 Venice Beach and Boardwalk 威尼斯海滩木板小道 阅读:35 2016-10-26
- 透露疯狂英语集训营经典台词大话西游 阅读:34 2018-02-07
- 童话里的七个小矮人英文名都叫啥？ 阅读:114 2016-10-14
- 【旅游英语】办理登机手续和登机 8 出示护照和登机牌 psddport and boarding 阅读:126 2017-01-29
爱不需要语言，两个哑巴的爱情故事，假如爱一个人，就可以为了他做一辈子哑巴，只是为了用行动表达自己的爱。 He is a mute,Although ca...
Beijing nears fulfillment of seven years' work in OlympicsBEIJING - When He Z...
英语不够好?口语不够好?只要你会吵架，就能镇住全场。 1. Stop complaining! 别发牢骚! 2. You make me sick!...
Money will come and go.钱乃身外之物。 Money will come and go
A: I can't find the jasmine rice!B: Isn't it in the rice section?A: No, they don't have it there.B: Let...
越忙越乱，要出门了，一定要检查要带的东西有没有带好，还有就是千万别忘了锁门，要不然晚上回来你会发现已经有"不速之客"来拜访过了。 你今天会回来得晚吗? Are you gonna be late today? 不，...
会汉语就能学会英语 会汉语就能学会英语 用逆向法学习快两年了，感受真是太多了。千言万语汇成一句：It is terrific. It really works. I believe it. It can lead me to ...
1.What is language for?some people seem to think it's for practicing grammar rules and learning lists of words---...
用三个iPod 做为魔术道具，马可.坦布斯特(MarcoTempest)对真实和谎言，艺术和感情的关系做出了一段聪明而又令人惊奇的发自内心的冥想。 演...
Beauty home By the spring, after another floating blue sky and white clouds, thousands of them to form in the sky pla...
年仅两岁的女童小悦悦近日连遭两辆车碾压，18人路过见死不救，伸出援手将小悦悦抬至路边的好心人却遭遇“想出名”的质疑。与其谴责讽刺这些路人，不如设身处地自问：18人见死不救，你会不会是第19个？ 请看相关报道： ...
能言是银，沉默是金英语怎么说:Speech is silver, silence is goldSpeech is silver, silence is gold.能言是银，沉默是金。很多时候我们都觉得沉默是金，但是我想告诉大家的是学...
A: Are you a Democrat or a Republican?B: I am a Republican, of course.A: Republicans are conceited and judgmental!B: ...