Charleston gunman will not use mental health to avoid death penalty

Dec 18, 2016

Charleston gunman will not use mental health to avoid death penalty

Convicted murderer Dylann Roof will not ask jurors to take his mental health into consideration next month during the death penalty phase of his trial for killing nine black churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. In a handwritten note filed in a South Carolina federal ...

Dec 8, 2016

New Zealand drops racially offensive place names

New Zealand is to erase the racially offensive word “nigger” from its landscape, the government said Thursday. The names of three areas in the Southern Alps of the South Island have been changed to words taken from the indigenous Maori language. Nigger Stream will ...

Nov 30, 2016

Cossack songs and Ugandan dance on UNESCO's heritage list

Ugandan traditional music, which is dying out partly because it requires materials from endangered species, has been placed on UNESCO’s protected “Intangible Cultural Heritage” list, along with Portuguese pottery and Ukrainian Cossack songs. A UNESCO world heritage committee, meeting in Addis Ababa Tuesday, decided ...

U.S. proposes U.N. arms embargo and sanctions on South Sudan

Nov 18, 2016

U.S. proposes U.N. arms embargo and sanctions on South Sudan

The United States circulated on Thursday to the 15-member United Nations Security Council a draft resolution to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan and further targeted sanctions amid warnings by a senior U.N. official of possible genocide. Political rivalry between South Sudan’s President ...

Nov 16, 2016

Kerry announces Yemen cease-fire over objections of government

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday that Yemen’s Houthi group and the Saudi-led coalition fighting it had agreed to a cease-fire from Thursday as Washington presses for an end to the war before President Barack Obama leaves office. The internationally recognized ...