U.S. judge tosses lawsuit vs. U.N. over Haiti cholera outbreak

Jan 10, 2015

U.S. judge tosses lawsuit vs. U.N. over Haiti cholera outbreak

The United Nations is immune from a lawsuit seeking compensation for victims of a deadly cholera outbreak, a U.S. judge said Friday in dismissing a case that government lawyers said could open the international body to an onslaught of litigation. The suit stemmed from ...

Abu Hamza jailed for life in U.S.

Jan 10, 2015

Abu Hamza jailed for life in U.S.

A U.S. judge Friday sentenced British hate preacher Abu Hamza to life behind bars for the deadly kidnapping of Western tourists in Yemen and terrorism, calling his crimes “evil” and “barbaric.” The hook-handed imam, blind in one eye and a double-hand amputee, was a ...

Peru's Fujimori convicted of corruption in fifth trial

Jan 9, 2015

Peru's Fujimori convicted of corruption in fifth trial

A three-judge panel in Peru convicted jailed former President Alberto Fujimori on Thursday of funneling more than $40 million in public funds to tabloid newspapers that smeared his opponents during his 2000 re-election campaign. The conviction was the fifth for the 76-year-old Fujimori. The ...

China encourages NGOs to sue polluters

Jan 7, 2015

China encourages NGOs to sue polluters

China on Wednesday granted nongovernmental organizations more power to sue those who flout environmental protection laws, the country’s highest court said. NGOs that work to fight polluters judicially will gain special status and have court fees reduced, the Supreme People’s Court said on its ...

Jan 6, 2015

China arrests scholar who helped blind dissident flee house arrest

Chinese authorities have arrested a scholar who helped blind dissident Chen Guangcheng escape house arrest in 2012, the scholar’s wife said Tuesday, in a case that activists say signals a tighter grip on civil liberties. Guo Yushan, founder of a think tank that did ...

Jan 6, 2015

Son of Jackie Chan to stand trial in China on drugs charge

Jaycee Chan, the son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, will stand trial Friday on a drugs charge, media reported Tuesday, the latest in a series of minor celebrities accused of narcotics offenses. The microblog post from the semiofficial newspaper, Legal Evening News, ...

U.S. charges developer, vet in Gambia coup bid

Jan 6, 2015

U.S. charges developer, vet in Gambia coup bid

Federal prosecutors Monday charged a Texas businessman who allegedly wanted to be the president of Gambia with conspiring with a former U.S. Army sergeant and others to orchestrate a deadly coup attempt in the tiny African nation last week. The handful of coup plotters ...

Prince Andrew steps up denial of underage sex with U.S. girl

Jan 5, 2015

Prince Andrew steps up denial of underage sex with U.S. girl

Buckingham Palace stepped up its denial that Prince Andrew had sex with an underage girl introduced to him by a disgraced U.S. financier, and named the alleged victim whose anonymity was preserved in court documents filed last week. Last Friday Buckingham Palace denied allegations ...

Tensions high ahead of Boston bomb trial

Jan 4, 2015

Tensions high ahead of Boston bomb trial

The highly anticipated trial of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will open Monday, promising to inflame emotions 18 months after the bloody attack, the worst on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001. Tsarnaev, 21, faces the death penalty for the bombing at the finish ...