Apr 22, 2015

N.Y. judge to consider claims that chimpanzees are 'legal persons'

An animal rights group has been granted a court hearing in which it will argue that two chimpanzees who live at a New York state university cannot be held captive because they are autonomous, intelligent creatures. New York State Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe ...

Filipinos abroad falling  prey to global drug gangs

Apr 22, 2015

Filipinos abroad falling prey to global drug gangs

Filipina maid Mary Jane Veloso faces imminent execution in Indonesia, but relatives say her only crime was to fall victim to international drug gangs who are threatening to kill them if they speak out. Echoing horror stories told by hundreds of other Filipinos in ...

U.S. couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing case

Apr 21, 2015

U.S. couple sentenced to prison in Bali suitcase killing case

An Indonesian court found an American couple guilty of premeditated murder and sentenced them to prison on Tuesday in the death of the woman’s mother on the resort island of Bali. The Denpasar District Court sentenced Tommy Schaefer to 18 years in prison and ...

Apr 21, 2015

Ousted Egypt president Morsi sentenced to 20 years in prison

An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012, the first verdict to be issued against the country’s first freely elected leader. The Cairo Criminal Court issued the verdict ...

Apr 21, 2015

China considers using lay judges in some trials

China will appoint citizens to help judges decide some local court cases, in the Communist Party’s broadest yet experiment with jury trials. The nation’s highest court has submitted a legislative proposal to create “people’s juries” in 50 courts across 10 provinces, the official Xinhua ...

Apr 17, 2015

Veteran Chinese journalist Gao Yu sentenced to 7 years

A Beijing court sentenced a veteran Chinese journalist to seven years in prison Friday after convicting her of leaking a document detailing the Communist Party leadership’s resolve to aggressively target civil society and press freedom as a threat to its monopoly on power. The ...

Apr 12, 2015

Man charged in US bomb plot called strange, troubled

Topeka Kansas AP John T. Booker Jr. struck others as strange or even troubled but also as a young man not shy about discussing his faith as a Muslim or debating Islamic philosophy at the mosque he attended in the central state of Kansas. ...

Bangladesh executes Islamist party official  for war crimes

Apr 12, 2015

Bangladesh executes Islamist party official for war crimes

Authorities in Bangladesh on Saturday executed a senior Islamist party official convicted of crimes against humanity during the country’s 1971 independence war against Pakistan, triggering a call for a nationwide general strike by the condemned man’s supporters. One prison official, speaking on condition of ...

Apr 12, 2015

Egyptian court sentences U.S.-Egyptian citizen to life in prison

An Egyptian criminal court sentenced a dual U.S.-Egyptian citizen on a monthslong hunger strike to life in prison Saturday on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading false news. Mohammed Soltan, the son of a prominent member of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, was ...