ICC prosecutor ready to open investigation into Ukraine
THE HAGUE – The International Criminal Court's prosecutor said Friday that a preliminary probe has found “a reasonable basis at this time to believe” that crimes against humanity and war crimes have been committed in Ukraine which merit a full-scale investigation. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said the suspected crimes and the failure of courts in Ukraine and Russia to successfully prosecute them mean that the next step for ICC prosecutors will be to request authorization from judges to open a formal investigation. Without going into details of the alleged crimes, Bensouda said in a statement that her preliminary investigation found three “clusters of victimization;” crimes committed during hostilities, during detentions and crimes committed in Crimea. The ICC is a court of last resort that only takes cases when member states do not or cannot prosecute them in domestic courts. Earlier Friday, Bensouda whose term as prosecutor at the ICC is drawing to a close, said she also was ready to seek authorization for a full-scale investigation into the conflict between Nigerian forces and the Boko Haram extremist group.
100,000 march in Minsk to demand Belarus leader resigns
Belarusian opposition supporters with old Belarusian national flags gather toward the Independence Palace, the residential of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. Sunday's demonstration marked the beginning of the fifth week of daily protests calling for Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's resignation in the wake of allegedly manipulated elections. Protesters say the results were rigged, and some have explained to Associated Press journalists exactly how the fraud took place in their districts. Authorities also have revoked the accreditation of many Belarusian journalists and deported some foreign journalists, including two Moscow-based Associated Press journalists. APs Belarusian journalists were among those told their press credentials had been revoked.
Belarus president's supporters rally in protest-hit capital
Hundreds of supporters of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko with Belarusian State flags, and a poster that reads: "Our President, our Country!, Not let destroy the country", gather at Independent Square of Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020. On Saturday, thousands of demonstrators rallied at the spot in Belarus' capital where a protester died in clashes with police, calling for Lukashenko to resign. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)MINSK Thousands of people have gathered in a square near Belarus' main government building for a rally to support President Alexander Lukashenko, while opposition supporters whose protests have convulsed the country for a week aim to hold a major march in the capital. Now everybody is against Lukashenko and the president needs our support. Belarus' declining economy and Lukashenko's dismissal of the coronavirus pandemic as psychosis are among the factors that galvanized the largest and most sustained protests the country has seen.
Ukrainians in Kiev listen to Putin in disbelief
Ukrainians in Kiev listen to Putin in disbelief A schoolteacher in the Ukrainian capital couldn't believe her ears as Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Viktor Yanukovych -- currently hiding in Russia -- the legitimate leader of her nation. Charlie D'Agata has the story from Kiev.cbsnews.com
Ousted Ukraine president reportedly in Moscow
Ousted Ukraine president reportedly in Moscow Reports from Russia say the government has granted ousted Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych's request for protection. Meanwhile, pro-Russian armed forces took Crimea regional government buildings and flew the Russian flag. CBS News' Clarissa Ward reports.cbsnews.com
2/21: Ukraine's president makes concessions; Inside "CBS Evening News" director Eric Shapiro's 51-year journey
2/21: Ukraine's president makes concessions; Inside "CBS Evening News" director Eric Shapiro's 51-year journey After several days of deadly violence, Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych made several concessions to the opposition, which include agreeing to early elections by the end of the year; and, "CBS Evening News" director Eric Shapiro started his career in the CBS mail room in 1963. Now, 51 years later, Shapiro is retiring at the top of his game.cbsnews.com