Harrowing pictures of bodies littering a banana plantation Wednesday marked the start of the trial of warlord Bosco Ntaganda, accused of running a campaign of terror in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Nicknamed "The Terminator," Ntaganda denied 18 charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity as he stood in the dock at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Ntaganda is accused of orchestrating hundreds of deaths in savage ethnic attacks in the northeastern DR Congo in 2002-2003, as well as recruiting and the rape of child soldiers within his own rebel army.
South African plaintiffs on Wednesday dropped a legal attempt to stop the Springboks from playing in the Rugby World Cup in a dispute over a lack of black players in the squad. More than 20 years after the end of apartheid, South Africa's fraught race relations have been highlighted by anger over just nine black players being named in the 31-man squad for the tournament in England. After a day of legal negotiations, Judge Ntendeya Mavundla said the ANA had agreed to drop its application for the Springbok players to be forced to surrender their passports.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. and global stock markets were recovering in midday trading Wednesday after a sharp sell-off a day earlier. Investors remain on edge after the latest market plunge, which was triggered by more signs of slowing growth in China.