Sri Lanka restores rights of disgraced ex-army chief

Jan 22, 2015

Sri Lanka restores rights of disgraced ex-army chief

Sri Lanka’s new government has exonerated former army chief Sarath Fonseka of all charges, including treason, that were filed by former President Mahinda Rajapakse, and restored his rank and medals. New President Maithripala Sirisena used his executive powers Wednesday to clear Fonseka of all ...

Jan 21, 2015

Briton who faked own death in Syria admits terrorism offenses

A Briton who fought with an Islamist group in Syria and then faked his own death in the hope of being able to return home undetected has admitted to terrorism offenses in a London court. Imran Khawaja, 27, of Southall, west London, traveled to ...

Saudi crackdown on rights is intensifying

Jan 21, 2015

Saudi crackdown on rights is intensifying

One man is given 50 lashes in a public square for “insulting Islam” on a liberal blog. Another is arrested for filming and uploading a woman’s public beheading. Two women are imprisoned and put on trial for writing on Twitter in support of women ...

U.S. Supreme Court allows Muslim prisoner to grow short beard

Jan 21, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court allows Muslim prisoner to grow short beard

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that an Arkansas prison cannot prevent a Muslim inmate from wearing a short beard, in keeping with his religious beliefs. The case was brought by Gregory Holt, also known as Abdul Maalik Muhammad, who is serving a ...

Korean Air heiress pleads not guilty in 'nut rage' case

Jan 19, 2015

Korean Air heiress pleads not guilty in 'nut rage' case

Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah, charged with aviation safety violations following a now notorious “nut rage” incident that triggered a national uproar, pleaded not guilty at the opening of her trial Monday. Cho, who has been in custody since her formal arrest three weeks ...

Jan 17, 2015

Dutch 'horror dentist' sent to French psychiatric unit

A Dutch dentist suspected of mutilating dozens of patients in France has been detained in a special prison psychiatric unit, a judicial source said. Dubbed the “horror dentist” by the media, Mark van Nierop, 50, claims to suffer from “psychological problems” including gender identity ...

U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether gay couples can marry

Jan 17, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether gay couples can marry

The U.S. Supreme Court said Friday it will decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution, setting up a potentially historic ruling on one of the country’s most sweeping social issues in a generation. The justices will take up ...

New lashing of injured Saudi blogger postponed

Jan 17, 2015

New lashing of injured Saudi blogger postponed

Saudi Arabia on Friday postponed the next round of flogging for a blogger sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam because his wounds from the previous week’s beating had not yet healed, his wife said. The public flogging of Raef Badawi, who is also ...