A Bosnian court on Friday sentenced two former Bosnian Serb officials, Momcilo Mandic and Milorad Govedarica to nine and four years in jail respectively, for organised crime and abuse of power. Mandic, former justice minister in the Bosnian Serb entity Republika Srpska (RS), and Govedarica, a banker, were charged with financial abuse in a Sarajevo bank under Serbian control. Two other officials, Mirko Sarovic, former RS president, and Milorad Bjelica, a high Bosnian Serb official, were acquitted of the charges.
A judge ordered the arrest of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on Friday for torture, murder and kidnapping early in his 1973-1990 regime.
Judge Alejandro Solis ordered the arrest of Pinochet for 36 cases of kidnapping, one of homicide and for 23 cases of torture at the Villa Grimaldi, a political detention center run by Pinochet's secret police where thousands of people were tortured between 1974 and 1977.
Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev stressed the importance of his oil-rich nation's ties with the United States on Friday but warned that any Western sanctions against neighboring Iran would escalate tension in the region.
Former Soviet Azerbaijan lies on the strategically important Caspian Sea and shares land and sea borders with Iran, where millions of ethnic Azeris live.
Libya Thursday marked the memory of the deportation of thousands of Libyans by colonial Italy 95 years ago by cutting itself off from the rest of the world.
The occasion, commemorated annually on October 26, is aimed at reminding the world of what is "the biggest deportation operation which is unique in history."
On that day Libya suspends all incoming and outgoing flights; sea and land travel is stopped, as are all communications between Libya and the outside world.
Armed men set fire to two buses in a rundown Paris suburb on Friday, the anniversary of two deaths which triggered the worst riots to hit the French capital in nearly 40 years.
A police source said two hooded men boarded one bus in front of a train station in the Seine-Saint-Denis suburb in the early evening and ordered around 15 passengers and the driver to get off before setting it alight.
Iraqi oil officials say they are losing 400,000 barrels a day to attacks on the oil infrastructure in the increasingly violent country.
Hussain al-Shahristani, Iraq's oil minister, said Tuesday attacks on the pipeline from Kirkuk to ports in Turkey are greatly hampering the country's main source of revenue.