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Defense Teams Leave Khmer Rouge Tribunal Hearingi
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18 October 2014
Defense lawyers for Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan boycotted an opening hearing for the two men on Friday, leaving the courtroom and putting the second and final phase of the trial for the two men in limbo. Nuon Chea’s team has asked for a disqualification of four judges, while Khieu Samphan’s team has asked for an appeal on an initial judgment against him. Neither request has yet been heard, but tribunal officials say they will be. It remains unclear what will happen next with the hearing. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)

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  • Smoke follows a strike during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the Islamic State militants, as seen from the Turkey-Syria border, Oct. 21, 2014.

  • Smoke from fires are seen during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the Islamic State militants, as seen from the Turkey-Syria border, Oct. 21, 2014.

  • Iraqi security forces and civilians gather at the site of a car bomb, after a series of bombs targeting restaurants across Baghdad killed at least 21 people. Many of the recent attacks have been claimed by Islamic State militants who have overrun large parts of Iraq and neighboring Syria, Oct. 21, 2014.

  • Iranian Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri (left) walks with Iraqi Prime Minister Heidar al-Abadi (center) during a welcoming ceremony at Saadabad Palace, Tehran, Iran, Oct. 21, 2014.

  • People gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad, October 21, 2014.


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