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 ...

Pakistan judge frees baby in attempted murder case

Apr 12, 2014

Pakistan judge frees baby in attempted murder case

A Pakistani lawyer said Saturday that a judge had freed a 9-month-old boy accused of attempting to murder police in the eastern city of Lahore after police withdrew charges. Lawyer Irfan Tarar said the judge announced the decision after a court hearing during which ...

Anti-whaling ruling lets Japan save face

Apr 12, 2014

Anti-whaling ruling lets Japan save face

by Mari Yamaguchi

The international court ruling against Japanese whaling last week may have given the government a convenient political out. The Antarctic program was nearly bankrupt, but if the government had overhauled it on its own, it would have incurred the wrath of a strong anti-whaling ...

Prominent Chinese activist scorns court after prison term upheld

Apr 11, 2014

Prominent Chinese activist scorns court after prison term upheld

A prominent Chinese rights activist expressed defiance on Friday after a court upheld his four-year jail sentence, saying the pall of communism and dictatorship would eventually give way to freedom and justice. The ruling sparked fresh criticism from the United States, European Union and ...

Prosecutor calls Pistorius' version 'impossible'

Apr 11, 2014

Prosecutor calls Pistorius' version 'impossible'

In a pummeling cross-examination the prosecution called Oscar Pistorius’ account of killing his girlfriend “impossible” on Thursday, zeroing in on apparent inconsistencies in key parts of his testimony. “Your version is so improbable that nobody would ever think it’s reasonably, possibly true — it’s ...

Adultery website tests the law in South Korea

| Apr 10, 2014

Adultery website tests the law in South Korea

Canada-based adultery hookup service AshleyMadison.com — slogan: “Life is short. Have an affair” — drew 46,000 people within a week of launching a website last month in South Korea, where marital infidelity is a crime punishable by up to two years in prison. The ...

Pakistani baby accused of attempted murder

Apr 10, 2014

Pakistani baby accused of attempted murder

While many children his age are still learning how to crawl, a 9-month-old boy in Pakistan has been accused of attempted murder in a case observers say highlights endemic flaws in the country’s legal system. Baby Mohammad Musa along with his father and other ...

Pistorius refuses to look at photo of dead lover

Apr 10, 2014

Pistorius refuses to look at photo of dead lover

A shaken Oscar Pistorius refused to look at a gruesome photo of his slain girlfriend’s bloodied head on Wednesday, telling a prosecutor through tears, “I don’t have to look at a picture. I was there.” “It’s time that you look at it,” chief prosecutor ...

Pistorius wails while recalling shooting

Apr 9, 2014

Pistorius wails while recalling shooting

A subdued Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday described dinner at home, chatting and looking at cell phone photos with Reeva Steenkamp on the last night of her life. Then he erupted in anguished howls and heaving sobs while testifying at his murder trial about the ...

Tearful Pistorius details terrified, sleepless nights since shooting

Apr 8, 2014

Tearful Pistorius details terrified, sleepless nights since shooting

His voice trembling with emotion, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand in his own defense Monday, saying the Valentine’s Day shooting of his girlfriend last year had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares. The disabled South African track star, on trial for ...

Apr 5, 2014

U.S. drone killing lawsuit thrown out

A federal judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit against Obama administration officials for the 2011 drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen, including an al-Qaida cleric. U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer said the case raises serious constitutional issues and is not easy to answer, ...

Apr 5, 2014

Organ-harvesting claims to EU court

Plans are underway for a European Union-backed special tribunal to try Kosovo Albanian former guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from murdered Serbs during the Balkan country’s 1998-99 war, officials say. The move stems from a 2011 report by Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty ...