U.N. warns Syrian rebels over atrocities

SYRIA

U.N. WARNS SYRIAN REBELS OVER ATROCITIES

The top U.N. human rights official warned opposition fighters in Syria on Monday that they would not be immune from prosecution for atrocities, as videos from the Syrian city of Aleppo appeared to show a mass execution by rebel fighters of bound and blindfolded Syrian government soldiers. One of the videos showed at least 20 corpses lying on a bloodstained street curb. Several appeared to have been shot in the head. Navi Pillay, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, warned of atrocities by the government and rebels.

NEW ORLEANS

$1.5B settlement weighed in oil spill

Transocean Ltd. and the U.S. Justice Department have discussed a $1.5 billion settlement that would resolve federal civil and criminal claims against the company over its role in a deadly 2010 rig explosion that spawned the nation's worst offshore oil spill. But Switzerland-based Transocean said in a regulatory filing Monday that several issues must be resolved. Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, where 11 workers died in an April 2010 explosion triggered by a blowout of BP's Macondo well.

Somalia

Academic takes over as president

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, a moderate political activist and academic, took on one of the world's most challenging political posts Monday after members of Somalia's newly created Parliament elected him the country's next president. The election of Mohamud, 56, was heralded as a significant step forward for a country that has endured more than two decades of war and political instability.

Elsewhere

Turkey: Fugitive Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi scoffed Monday at a Baghdad court that sentenced him to the gallows for masterminding death squads against rivals, describing it as a puppet of the prime minister. Al-Hashemi is in self-imposed exile in Turkey.

Washington: An unidentified detainee at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, died over the weekend, the U.S. military announced Monday. It said guards discovered the man unconscious in his cell Saturday. He was the ninth detainee known to have died at Guantanamo.

Cuba: Power was restored to millions of people early Monday after a blackout that cut the lights in much of western Cuba, including Havana, on Sunday night.

Times wires

U.N. warns Syrian rebels over atrocities 09/10/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 12:04am]

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