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South Korea Sewol ferry trial to hear from student survivors

Jun 24, 2014

South Korea Sewol ferry trial to hear from student survivors

Student survivors of South Korea’s ferry disaster will testify in the trial of the captain and crew by closed circuit TV from a courtroom in their traumatized hometown, a district court ruled on Tuesday. The court in Gwangju, 265 kilometers (165 miles) south of ...

Egypt under mounting pressure to free Al-Jazeera journalists

Jun 24, 2014

Egypt under mounting pressure to free Al-Jazeera journalists

Egypt was under mounting pressure Tuesday to pardon three Al-Jazeera journalists — including Australia’s award-winning Peter Greste — jailed in a ruling that sparked global outrage and fears of a growing media crackdown. Greste and Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fadel Fahmy each got seven-year terms in ...

Sudan court frees woman sentenced to death for changing faith

Jun 24, 2014

Sudan court frees woman sentenced to death for changing faith

A 27-year-old woman who was sentenced to death in Sudan last month for converting to Christianity from Islam was freed Monday after what the government said was “unprecedented” international pressure. Mariam Yahya Ibrahim, who is married to a Christian American, was ordered by a ...

Egypt hands three Al-Jazeera reporters seven-year prison terms

Jun 23, 2014

Egypt hands three Al-Jazeera reporters seven-year prison terms

An Egyptian court on Monday convicted three journalists from Al-Jazeera English and sentenced them to seven years in prison each on terrorism-related charges in a case that has brought an outcry from rights groups. The sentences were handed down against Australian correspondent Peter Greste, ...

Piglets' terrorist ties probed after breaching Uganda parliament

Jun 21, 2014

Piglets' terrorist ties probed after breaching Uganda parliament

Police in Uganda said Saturday they were testing two piglets for “terrorism-related material” after they were sneaked into the country’s parliament by two anti-corruption protesters. Seven police officers who were on duty outside parliament have also been suspended over the security breach and detained ...

Jun 21, 2014

Murder suspect, 102, unlikely to face trial

A 102-year-old woman accused of killing her 100-year-old roommate in a nursing home nearly five years ago is facing a second-degree murder charge. Laura Lundquist — the oldest murder defendant in Massachusetts history — was 98 when she was charged in 2009 on allegations ...

Jun 21, 2014

Woman guilty over deaths in duck stop

A Canadian woman who parked her car on a highway to help a group of ducklings on the side of the road was found guilty Friday of causing the deaths of a motorcyclist and his passenger daughter who slammed into her car. Emma Czornobaj ...

NYC to pay millions to five 'wilding' accused

Jun 21, 2014

NYC to pay millions to five 'wilding' accused

New York City has reached a settlement with five men who were falsely convicted in the vicious 1989 rape and beating of a Central Park jogger, one of the most lurid crime cases in the city’s history. Friday’s announcement was made by Comptroller Scott ...

U.S. suspect's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

Jun 21, 2014

U.S. suspect's 'handsome' mug shot goes viral

A mug shot of a handsome Californian arrested on felony weapons charges has gone viral on social media, attracting more than 33,000 “likes” and drawing comments praising his chiseled face with high cheek bones and striking blue eyes. Jeremy Meeks, 30, a convicted felon, ...

Jun 20, 2014

California to investigate 39 female inmates sterilized without consent

The illegal sterilization of dozens of female prisoners in California demands an investigation, a report said Thursday. The state audit asked California’s medical board and the California Department of Public Health to look into 17 doctors and eight hospitals involved in 39 illegal sterilizations ...

Concerns aside, executions persist in some states

Jun 19, 2014

Concerns aside, executions persist in some states

With Florida carrying out America’s third execution in less than 24 hours, some states with the death penalty— particularly in the South — appear unfazed by the recent furor over how the U.S. performs lethal injections. A botched execution seven weeks ago in Oklahoma ...