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Africa Why the ICC is trying Mali cultural destruction as war crime

Attacks on cultural heritage in war zones – in this case, in Timbuktu – have spiked as part of a strategy of hate and persecution. Some say such trials can be key to peace-building.

Joe Penney/Reuters/File

A former Islamist rebel admitted on Monday to destroying Muslim shrines in Mali and begged forgiveness on the opening day of his trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.

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