Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic did not attend the start of his war crimes trial at the Hague today. Karadzic has refused legal counsel. He is accused of committing 11 war crimes, including the genocide of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica in 1995, during the 1992-1995 Bosnian war. After the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Serbs, Croats, and Muslims all fought over land. The war ended in 1995 when the country was split up into three mostly autonomous ethnic regions by the Dayton Accords, Reuters. Profile: Radovan Karadzic, BBC News. Q & A: legal issues in the Karadzic trial, BBC News.
14 Americans died in helicopter crashes in Afghanistan yesterday, New York Times.
Demonstrations continued in Kabul, Afghanistan for a second day today. Protesters, who allege that US military burned a copy of the Koran, attacked riot police by throwing stones. , AFP.
Knowing that NATO troops are reluctant to fire on them, the Taliban is using children to plant bombs, Montreal Gazette.