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215 bodies found in Mexico mass graves

Jun 21, 2020 - 8:52 AM

Most of the graves were located on fenced land or abandoned farms in the towns of Zapopan, Tlajomulco, Juanacatlan, and El Salto

SEARCH CONTINUES. Mexican police members guard the area where forensic service personnel work at a clandestine grave inside a farm in Zapopan, Jalisco State, Mexico. File photo by Ulises Ruiz/AFP

Myanmar says holding court martial after Rohingya atrocities probe

Sep 01, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The report describes grisly violence at the hands of soldiers and Buddhist vigilantes, who allegedly attacked villagers with guns, knives, rocket launchers and grenades before dumping bodies into pits and dousing them with acid

ROHINGYA PLIGHT. A burned village is seen from the air near Maungdaw, north of Myanmar's Rakhine state on September 27, 2017. File photo from AFP

36 human remains laid to rest in mass burial in Marawi

Oct 05, 2017 - 4:35 PM

This is the third batch of remains buried in the area. They were recovered from the main battle area in Marawi City.

Two wartime mass graves discovered in Bosnia

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:50 PM

Since the beginning of the exhumation at Koricanske Stijene on September 7 about 30 clusters of human bones have been exhumed essentially incomplete skeletons says Lejla Cengic a spokeswoman for the Missing Persons Institute

The week in photos: September 2-8, 2017

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:36 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BORDER ART. An artwork by French artist JR on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, United States on September 6, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

UN identifies 38 new probable mass graves in DR Congo

Jul 13, 2017 - 11:08 AM

At least 80 mass graves have now been identified in the region that has seen a major spike in violence between security forces and a tribal militia since September

32 bodies, 9 human heads found in Mexico mass graves

Nov 25, 2016 - 11:32 AM

UPDATED The bodies were found in 17 of 20 pits that were dug up by investigators No other remains were found but soldiers are scouring the region for any other hidden graves

Fetus, two children among 117 bodies in Mexico mass grave

Jun 04, 2016 - 10:00 AM

The case has caused outrage in Mexico where more than 28 000 people have disappeared in a decade of drug violence

MASS GRAVE. Mexican authorities work on the exhumation of over 100 bodies at the Tetelcingo pit in Morelos, Mexico, May 24, 2016. File photo by Octavio Vidal/EPA

Mexico begins exhumation of more than 100 bodies

May 24, 2016 - 12:30 PM

The bodies are buried in a mass grave in Morelos one of the Mexican states most affected by drug violence

epa05325849 Mexican authorities work on the exhumation of over 100 bodies at the Tetelcingo pit in Morelos, Mexico, 23 May 2016. The procedure is led by Morelos State General Attorney's Office and carried out by the Attorney's General Office and the National Commission of Security. At least 25 families from the area have missing relatives but the bodies are yet to be identified. EPA/OCTAVIO VIDAL

Mass graves? Indonesian gov't forms team to probe sites

May 10, 2016 - 4:04 PM

The decision came after activists handed authorities a list of sites where they say some of those killed during the 1965 massacres were buried

Ancient mass graves discovered in Greece

Apr 15, 2016 - 9:00 PM

The graves contain the skeletons of 80 men who could have been followers of nobleman Cylon

This undated handout photo released by the Greek Ministry of Culture on April 14, 2016 shows the remains of men buried in a mass grave, with all but one having their hands tied with iron chains, found in an area of the Falirikon Delta in South Athens. The Greek Ministry of Culture announced on April 14, 2016 the discovery near Athens of two mass graves containing the remains of 80 men, who could be the executed supporters of Cylon, an Athenian noble who attempted a coup in Athens in the Archaic period. Digging in the area for the new National Opera and the National Library in the premises of the old Horse Racing field in Faliron brought to light the "polyandreio", a mass grave for men who died and were buried at the same time. / AFP PHOTO / GREEK CULTURE MINISTRY / ARIS MESSINIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GREEK CULTURE MINISTRY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Mass grave of victims of ISIS found in Syria's Palmyra

Apr 02, 2016 - 10:04 PM

Syrian troops have found bodies of 42 people in the mass grave The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says ISIS executed at least 280 people during their nearly 10 month occupation of Palmyra

An undated handout picture made available on 17 May 2015, by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows the ancient oasis city of Palmyra,about 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. EPA/SANA

Malaysia probes 12 police for mass grave links

May 27, 2015 - 9:55 PM

They launched a crackdown that disrupted the flow of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar down through Thailand and across the land border into Malaysia

MASS GRAVES. Thai rescue workers dig to recover human remains of suspected Rohingya refugee after discovering a second abandoned migrant trafficking camp at a jungle on a mountain in the Sadao district, Songkhla province, near the Thai-Malaysian border in southern Thailand, 05 May 2015.

Malaysia PM 'deeply concerned' by mass graves

May 25, 2015 - 10:40 AM

Mass graves are found near jungle camps along the border with Thailand further evidence of the lethal nature of a human trafficking trade that has blown up in to a regional crisis

MASS GRAVES. Thai rescue workers collect the recovered remains of a suspected Rohingya migrant after discovering another grave site at a long-abandoned Muslim cemetery in Sadao district, Songkhla province near the Thai-Malaysian border in southern Thailand, 06 May 2015.

Mass graves of suspected migrants found in Malaysia

May 24, 2015 - 4:03 PM

UPDATED According to reports the graves may contain the bodies of hundreds of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar

DR Congo authorities seek to explain discovery of mass grave

Apr 08, 2015 - 10:17 AM

A judicial enquiry into the mass grave has been opened at the request of the United Nations Joint Office for Human Rights BCNUDH in the country

Pope Francis to pray before Yolanda mass grave

Dec 16, 2014 - 3:28 PM

The 78 year old Pope will also take a 30 minute siesta as part of his activities in Yolanda hit Leyte the Catholic Church says

‘SOLIDARITY IN HARDSHIP.’ Pope Francis hugs Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle during a ceremony to bless the new image of St Pedro Calungsod of the Philippines at St Peter's Basilica on November 21, 2013 at the Vatican. Photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Yolanda survivors say sorry, pray for closure

Nov 02, 2014 - 8:09 PM

Tacloban residents end All Saints Day and All Souls Day which Filipinos devote to remembering the dead as the first year after Yolanda approaches

OFFERING CANDLES. Survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) light candles for the dead on All Souls' Day, November 2, in the mass grave for Yolanda victims in Tacloban City. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Yolanda mass grave: From playground to 'holy ground'

Nov 02, 2014 - 2:50 PM

On All Saints Day Yolanda survivors visit a mass grave that holds their dearest memories Their parish priest says this holy ground used to be a playground

'IT'S TERRIBLE.' Eduardo Maraya, 69, cries whenever he recalls how Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) 'washed out' the future. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

'Undas' in Yolanda mass grave: 'Pick your cross'

Nov 01, 2014 - 2:45 PM

Because of perceived delays in identifying the bodies of Yolanda victims their relatives have to pick and label random crosses in the Tacloban City mass grave

PICKING CROSSES. Gil Alarcon, 44, labels 4 crosses to serve as a temporary marker in the Tacloban City mass grave for Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Yolanda survivors pray before nameless graves

Nov 01, 2014 - 8:26 AM

I don t even know where to light a candle a man says on the eve of All Saints Day as he visits a mass grave for 2 200 Yolanda victims in Tacloban City

TIME TO REMEMBER. Adam Stephen Baldota, 28, wipes his tears as he prays before a mass grave that includes the body of his mother and sister. Photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

CA denies Sajid Ampatuan's bid to stop indictment

Mar 24, 2014 - 7:11 PM

The appellate court says his arguments are mere rehash of the allegations in his petition which had already been extensively deliberated on

Mass grave found in Sri Lanka ahead of UN rights meet

Mar 01, 2014 - 7:12 PM

The latest discovery comes ahead of a UN Human Rights Council UNHRC session starting Monday in Geneva where Sri Lanka faces the third US led resolution in as many years criticizing Colombo for its alleged failure to probe war crimes

When will Haiyan victims be laid to rest?

Jan 05, 2014 - 11:06 AM

Under fire for failing to bury the remaining dead bodies in Tacloban City 2 months after Yolanda struck authorities speed up the processing of cadavers

Mass grave found near Mexico City

Aug 23, 2013 - 8:53 AM

The mass grave was discovered at the Rancho La Mesa ecological park in the municipality of Tlalmanalco

CRIME SCENE. Mexican police officers stand guard along rural tracks near a park in the municipality of Tlalmanalco, some 30 km southeast of Mexico City on August 22, 2013, where at least 7 bodies were discovered in a mass grave. Photo by AFP/Ronaldo Schemidt

60 dead in standoff - Malaysian police

Mar 07, 2013 - 6:36 PM

UPDATED The number includes 52 Filipinos while Malaysian security forces are still hunting down the rest of the sultan s men

FILIPINOS DEAD. This handout picture from Malaysia's Ministry of Defence taken on March 6, 2013 purportedly shows a dead gunmen from the Philippines on the ground after clashes in the village of Tanduo in Sabah. AFP PHOTO / Malaysia Ministry of Defence

Kirams declare ceasefire in Sabah

Mar 07, 2013 - 12:39 PM

2nd UPDATE The Kiram family says its followers will not take any more armed action from today

Fighter jets seen again over Sabah

Mar 07, 2013 - 9:36 AM

Fighter jets were seen again over Lahud Datu where the Sulu sultan s followers are holed up

HIGH ALERT. Sabah's east coast is now on alert following the crackdown on the Filipinos in Lahud Datu

13 bodies found in Sabah - report

Mar 07, 2013 - 8:53 AM

UPDATED 12 of the corpses were buried in shallow graves and the 13th was another Filipino killed in a shootout on Wednesday

SABAH SIEGE. An armed Malaysian policemen mans a security checkpoint in Lahad Datu on March 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

Farmer stumbles across mass grave in Quezon

Jul 22, 2012 - 3:59 PM

The military believes the remains belong to victims of the NPA s kangaroo courts in the 1980s