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Trial starts for rabbi who allegedly ran divorce kidnap team

Feb 19, 2015

Trial starts for rabbi who allegedly ran divorce kidnap team

An Orthodox rabbi went on trial Wednesday for allegedly employing a kidnap team to force Jewish men to divorce their wives. Orthodox Rabbi Mendel Epstein and his three co-defendants — son David Epstein, Jay Goldstein and Binyamin Stimler — face kidnapping charges stemming from ...

Court nixes Guantanamo conviction of Australian ex-detainee

Feb 19, 2015

Court nixes Guantanamo conviction of Australian ex-detainee

A former prisoner at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from Australia on Wednesday won a legal challenge to his terrorism conviction before a military court. The U.S. Court of Military Commission Review struck down the March 2007 conviction of David Hicks ...

Feb 19, 2015

Swiss prosecutor raids HSBC office, opens criminal inquiry

Geneva’s public prosecutor searched HSBC’s lakeside Swiss office on Wednesday after opening a criminal inquiry into allegations of aggravated money laundering, the second probe to hit the bank this week. Europe’s largest lender is in regulators’ sights after details about how its Swiss private ...

Pair accused in alleged Halifax mall plot arrive in court

Feb 18, 2015

Pair accused in alleged Halifax mall plot arrive in court

Two people accused of plotting to open fire in a Halifax shopping mall have been brought to court. Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath, 23, from Geneva, Illinois, and Randall Steven Shepherd, 20, of Halifax, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder. The two arrived at court ...

Feb 18, 2015

France summons Indonesia ambassador over death row citizen

France summoned the Indonesian ambassador on Tuesday to voice its “extreme concern” over a French citizen sentenced to death on drug charges in Indonesia. “The minister expressed France’s firm opposition to the death penalty in all locations and all circumstances,” the office of Foreign ...

Feb 18, 2015

France issues warrants for UBS managers in tax fraud case

French judges on Tuesday issued arrest warrants for three former managers at Swiss bank UBS over allegations it helped customers hide money from the taxman in Switzerland. The three managers, one of whom was in charge of wealth management in Europe, are based in ...

Strauss-Kahn not a pimp, says prosecutor urging sex-case acquittal

Feb 18, 2015

Strauss-Kahn not a pimp, says prosecutor urging sex-case acquittal

A French prosecutor urged judges to clear Dominique Strauss-Kahn on charges of aggravated pimping after two weeks of hearings revealed sordid details of the disgraced politician’s rough sex life but little proof he helped orchestrate a prostitution ring at the center of the trial. ...

Feb 18, 2015

Mexico regrets U.S. judge's immigration ruling

The Mexican government on Tuesday lamented a U.S. judge’s decision to block an immigration order by President Barack Obama that would have protected millions of undocumented workers from deportation. “These programs are a fair migration remedy for millions of families and could strengthen the ...

Feb 17, 2015

Prostitutes in Strauss-Kahn sex trial withdraw damages claim

Lawyers for the four prostitutes who participated in sex parties organized for Dominique Strauss-Kahn said Monday they were giving up their claim of damages, saying it would be too hard to prove the pimping charge against the former IMF head. Strauss-Kahn, 65, is accused ...

Sex offenders in California prisons being killed

Feb 17, 2015

Sex offenders in California prisons being killed

California state prisoners are killed at a rate that is double the national average, and sex offenders account for a disproportionate number of victims, according to an Associated Press analysis of corrections records. Male sex offenders made up about 15 percent of the prison ...