Tariq Aziz, one of the best-known faces of the Iraqi government for more than two decades, was sentenced to death Tuesday by the Iraqi High Tribunal for his role in eliminating religious parties during Saddam Hussein's regime, court officials told CNN.
The Iraqi Cabinet pressed the presidential council Tuesday to ratify court-ordered executions for several former Iraqi officials convicted of crimes against humanity, including the ex-general known as "Chemical Ali," a government spokesman said.
Court proceedings in the trial against Tariq Aziz, one of the best-known faces of Saddam Hussein's former regime in Iraq, and several co-defendants have ended after being in session only briefly Tuesday.
Tariq Aziz, once the public face of the former Saddam Hussein regime, took the stand Wednesday as a defense witness in the trial of Hussein and seven co-defendants, saying the government acted properly in responding to an assassination attempt against Hussein.
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein told his Cabinet in the mid-1990s that the U.S. would fall victim to terrorists possessing weapons of mass destruction but that Iraq would not be involved, tapes released Saturday at an intelligence summit reveal.
As a former U.N. ambassador, Bill Richardson, 58, has a knack for persevering in sticky situations. The New Mexico Governor, who titled his new autobiography Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life, spoke with TIME's Karen Tumulty about his possible bid to become the first Latino President, the shocking grooming habits of some world leaders and his storied baseball career.
The lawyer for former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz said Thursday his imprisoned client told him he will not testify in court against Saddam Hussein and that he wants a trial on "independent soil."
A U.S. Senate report released Monday accuses top Russian politicians, including advisers to President Vladimir Putin, of engaging in illicit transactions with Iraq during the U.N. oil-for-food program.
A U.S. Senate committee probing the defunct U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq alleges that two politicians from Britain and France received millions of dollars worth of oil allocations from Saddam Hussein's regime.
Eight suspected Muslim separatist militants and five Indian security members were killed Saturday in fierce battles in the disputed territory of Kashmir, according to police in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.