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Anti-Islamist fervor prompts harsh Egypt court sentences

Egypt’s judiciary is rife with judges who are harsh opponents of Islamists, and they are operating amid a media frenzy demanding swift and harsh verdicts against the Muslim Brotherhood. The result, judicial experts say, is this week’s stunning verdict sentencing hundreds of suspected Islamists to death after a cursory mass ...

Apr 18, 2014

Rape convictions plunge in Germany

Rape victims in Germany are finding it increasingly difficult to see their assailants convicted, a national study released Thursday showed. Twenty years ago, the percentage of sexual violence cases leading to a guilty verdict and sentencing stood at about 1 in 5. But by ...

Iran mother spares life of son's killer after campaign

Apr 18, 2014

Iran mother spares life of son's killer after campaign

The young Iranian man who escaped a hangman’s noose with just seconds to spare when his victim’s mother intervened was the beneficiary of a high-profile campaign to save his life. In a case that has provoked surprise in Iran and across the world, the ...

Apr 17, 2014

Argentine girl kept in garage for 9 years

A 15-year-old girl has been rescued in Argentina after being starved and beaten in a garage by an adoptive family for nine years. Weighing 20 kg, the girl was hospitalized after being found in Buenos Aires, a court said Wednesday. She said she had ...

Apr 17, 2014

Saudi machine-gun killer beheaded

Saudi Arabia on Wednesday beheaded a man for machine-gunning a person to death, the Interior Ministry announced. Mohammed Matrak Mohammed al-Dosari was found guilty of killing his male victim after a fistfight over a financial dispute. The execution in Riyadh brings to 13 the ...

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Apr 17, 2014

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution’s momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete’s shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned. With Pistorius now back watching the proceedings from a ...

New York police end Muslim surveillance program

Apr 16, 2014

New York police end Muslim surveillance program

A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terrorist threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been ...

U.S. mom admits to killing six babies

Apr 15, 2014

U.S. mom admits to killing six babies

Authorities say a woman accused of killing six babies that she gave birth to over 10 years told investigators that she either strangled or suffocated the children and then put them inside boxes in the garage of her home in Utah. According to a ...

Manning's 35-year sentence upheld

Apr 15, 2014

Manning's 35-year sentence upheld

A U.S. Army general has upheld Pvt. Chelsea Manning’s conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the army said Monday. The approval by Maj. Gen. Jeffery S. Buchanan, commander of the Military District of ...

Ex-Ku Klux Klan leader charged in Kansas Jewish center killings

Apr 15, 2014

Ex-Ku Klux Klan leader charged in Kansas Jewish center killings

The suspect in the Passover Eve killings of three people at two Jewish community centers near Kansas City is a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of spewing vitriol against Jews, law enforcement officials said Monday. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, faces local ...

Three reported dead in shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas

Apr 14, 2014

Three reported dead in shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas

Three people were killed Sunday afternoon at two different Jewish community facilities in a Kansas City-area suburb, and a man was held in custody as police attempted to discover whether or not the shootings were anti-Semitic, authorities said. Police said it was too early ...

Apr 13, 2014

Ohio judge orders man to hold 'I AM A BULLY!' sign

A judge has ordered a man convicted of harassing a neighbor and her disabled children to stand on a street corner with a sign that says he is a bully. Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered 62-year-old Edmond Aviv to hold the sign for ...

Apr 12, 2014

Woman gets life for stiletto slaying

A woman was sentenced to life in prison Friday for fatally stabbing her boyfriend with the stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face and head. Ana Trujillo was convicted of murder Tuesday by the same jury for ...