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 ...

U.S. top court upholds some Obama carbon curbs

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. top court upholds some Obama carbon curbs

The United States Supreme Court on Monday largely upheld the Obama administration’s authority to curb greenhouse gases from major emitters like power plants and refineries in a ruling that nonetheless exempted some smaller sources from the regulation. On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected ...

U.S. releases memo justifying drone killings

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. releases memo justifying drone killings

The secret United States government memo outlining the justification for the use of drones to kill American terror suspects abroad was released by court order Monday, yielding the most detailed, inside look yet at the legal underpinnings of the Obama administration’s program of “targeted ...

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 upholds death sentence on Brotherhood leader, 200 supporters

Jun 22, 2014

Egypt upholds death sentence on Brotherhood leader, 200 supporters

In a mass trial of Islamists who ruled Egypt for a year but face a fierce crackdown under newly installed President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, an Egyptian court on Saturday confirmed death sentences against the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 182 supporters. Mohamed Badie ...

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 ...

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 ...