July 15, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber blew himself up among guests at a wedding hall Saturday in northern Afghanistan, killing 23 people, including a prominent ex-Uzbek warlord turned lawmaker who was the father of the bride. The attack was the latest to target top figures from the country's minority groups and dealt a blow to efforts to unify ethnic factions amid growing concerns that the country could descend into civil war after foreign combat troops withdraw in 2014. Ahmad Khan Samangani, an ethnic Uzbek who commanded forces fighting the Soviets in the 1980s and later became a member of parliament, was welcoming guests to his daughter's wedding Saturday morning when the blast ripped through the building in Aybak, the capital of Samangan province.
April 29, 2012 |
RIVER VOVODO, Central African Republic - For Ugandan soldiers tasked with catching Joseph Kony, the real threat is not the elusive Central Africa warlord and his brutal gang. Encounters with the Lord's Resistance Army rebels are so rare that Kony hunters worry more about the threats of the jungle: armed poachers, wild beasts, honey bees, and even a fly that torments their ears. A soldier crossing the Chinko river in the Central African Republic this month was drowned and mauled by a crocodile, spreading terror among hundreds of soldiers who must camp near streams because they need water to cook food.
April 6, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - A wildly popular Internet video turned African warlord Joseph Kony into a household name and boosted the international hunt for the brutal rebel leader. Can a sequel do more? That's the burning question for the small California advocacy group Invisible Children and its follow-up, Kony 2012 Part II . The Associated Press was given a copy of the sequel before its Thursday release. Part II repeats some of the same slick, inspiring shots as the original of a young global community mobilizing into action.
March 15, 2012 |
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The International Criminal Court convicted a Congolese warlord Wednesday of using child soldiers, a verdict hailed as a legal landmark in the fight against impunity for the world's most serious crimes. Human-rights advocates said the guilty verdicts against Thomas Lubanga - the first judgment in the court's 10-year history - should stand as a clear deterrent to armies around the world not to conscript children. "In this age of global media, today's verdict will reach warlords and commanders across the world and serve as a strong deterrent," the United Nations' special representative for children and armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, said in a statement.
July 29, 2011 |
His family begged him to leave. His son-in-law told him he was crazy to stay. But when I interviewed the feisty, gray-haired, Afghan American mayor of Kandahar, Ghulam Haider Hamidi, he brushed aside any idea of leaving. On Wednesday, Hamidi was killed by a suicide bomber who hid explosives in his turban. His death, the latest in a string of assassinations of key Kandahar officials, deals a further blow to American efforts to stabilize southern Afghanistan. Indeed, Hamidi's life and death reflect the sad mismatch between America's efforts and reality there.
April 29, 2011 |
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Renegade warlord Ibrahim "IB" Coulibaly was badly beaten and then shot in the heart by former allies turned enemy, his top aide said late Thursday to deny a claim that the two-time coup plotter had committed suicide. Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, whom Coulibaly had said he considered "a father," earlier Thursday expressed his regrets at the death of his wife's onetime bodyguard, who began the pro-democracy battle for Abidjan that put Ouattara in power.
April 21, 2011 |
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - Nine days after forces loyal to the internationally recognized new leader ended former President Laurent Gbagbo's defiant hold on power, the country's commercial capital was rocked by new fighting, trapping civilians. In the Abidjan suburb of Yopougon, Gbagbo diehards battled the forces of new President Alassane Ouattara. In suburban Abobo, clashes broke out between the forces of two warlords, both pledging loyalty to Ouattara. The violence Wednesday was a major setback as the country was beginning to return to normal.
October 11, 2010 |
Dynamite is starting to make magnificence monotonous. The company has again taken an aged, beloved property which hasn't been seen in any medium for awhile, kept the essential elements that made it stand the test of time while expanding the story to include elements that will make it more contemporary and compelling. Shake, stir and voila! There's another . . . ahem . . . Dynamite book on the shelves, in this case "Warlord of Mars," the first issue of which just hit comic shops at the extremely affordable price of one dollar - the best value of the month.
April 16, 2010 |
The grunting, glorious battle scenes in the 19th-century China fightfest The Warlords go on and on, but the moment that may take the proverbial cake is when Jet Li, as a renegade general, finds himself encircled by a troop of blade-slinging enemy soldiers. The Asian action star takes his long spear and swiftly runs it low through the calves of the surrounding throng. Defeat takes on a new meaning - and a new spelling - for the instantly amputated men. Directed in thumping, thundering fashion by Peter Ho-Sun Chan, The Warlords, with Takeshi Kaneshiro and Andy Lau fighting alongside Li, is the latest in a line of historical war epics (see Red Cliff, also with Kaneshiro)
August 1, 2008 |
As front man for the Clash, Joe Strummer was one of the most compelling and charismatic figures in rock. The Clash sprang from London's punk scene in the mid-'70s, but the band's monumental legacy stems from the way it transcended those origins, spurning nihilism for idealism and embracing a broad array of musical styles. And Strummer, the self-styled "punk-rock warlord," was the driving force behind it all. Julien Temple's The Future Is Unwritten is a moving portrait of the man born John Graham Mellor, who died at 50 in 2002 of an undetected heart defect.