Iran's Supreme Leader said on Thursday he backed a parliamentary vote on a historic nuclear deal reached with six major powers and said sanctions against his country should be lifted completely rather than suspended, state television reported. "The parliament should not be sidelined on the nuclear deal issue ... I am not saying lawmakers should approve the deal or reject it. It is up to them to decide," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said.
By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Accounts of rape and sexual slavery during the war in Congo in the early 2000s dominated the second day of militia leader Bosco Ntaganda's trial at The Hague war crimes court on Thursday. Lawyer Sarah Pellet described the pain girls suffered as forced "wives" to senior officers and said that girls as young as 12 were abducted into Ntaganda's Union of Congolese Patriots (UPC) and forced to be sexually available to soldiers. Lawyers for Ntaganda, who denies all 18 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes in the 2001-02 war in northeast Congo's Ituri province, are due to make opening statements at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday.