Sydney siege victims hailed as heroes

Dec 16, 2014

Sydney siege victims hailed as heroes

Two hostages killed in a siege at a central Sydney cafe Tuesday were hailed as heroes “willing to lay down their lives so others might live” in a church service mourning their deaths. Tori Johnson, 34, the manager of the Lindt chocolate cafe, and ...

Ranks of 'disappeared' growing in Southeast Asia

Dec 12, 2014

Ranks of 'disappeared' growing in Southeast Asia

by Jerome Taylor

Two years after Sombath Somphone vanished, the Laotian activist’s wife says his abductors enjoy impunity — an ugly reality across a region where powerful business interests and murky state actors stand accused of routinely “disappearing” opponents. Sombath disappeared from the streets of the capital ...

Newtown shooting survivors still scarred, two years on

Dec 12, 2014

Newtown shooting survivors still scarred, two years on

Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse — two years after the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, the scope of the psychological damage to children, parents and others is becoming clear, and the need for treatment is likely to persist ...

Dec 12, 2014

EU names new prosecutor in Kosovo organ trafficking probe

The EU named a new prosecutor on Thursday to investigate possible crimes against humanity, including murder and organ trafficking, by several leaders of Kosovo’s 1990s guerrilla army, some of them now senior officials. Lawyer David Schwendiman succeeds fellow U.S. national, Clint Williamson, a diplomat ...

Dec 11, 2014

Los Angeles man accused of killing, eating ex-girlfriend's rabbit

A Southern California man who is accused of killing, skinning and eating his ex-girlfriend’s pet rabbit — and saying he would do the same to her — has been charged with cruelty to an animal and making criminal threats, prosecutors said on Wednesday. Dimitri ...

Sendai mom, 31, admits suffocating baby girl, is arrested

Dec 10, 2014

Sendai mom, 31, admits suffocating baby girl, is arrested

Miyagi Prefecture Police said they arrested a 31-year-old woman from Aoba Ward, Sendai, on Tuesday on suspicion of killing her 4-month-old daughter. Police said Yumi Suzuki suffocated her daughter, Ayaka, at their home by covering her mouth and nose with a blanket. Suzuki reportedly ...

Briton acquitted of South Africa honeymoon murder

Dec 9, 2014

Briton acquitted of South Africa honeymoon murder

The family of a Swedish citizen who was killed on her honeymoon in Cape Town said they will have sleepless nights for the rest of their lives, after her husband was acquitted of the murder. Shrien Dewani was found not guilty on Monday by ...

Dec 8, 2014

Italy arrests fugitive sought for French murder in Venezuela

Italian police have arrested a fugitive wanted in the 2012 killing of a Frenchman in Venezuela, whose dismembered body was thrown out to sea in a suitcase, media reports said Sunday. The Italian man, sought by Interpol for the grisly murder, was discovered at ...

Damning U.S. report fuels race furor over police killings

Dec 5, 2014

Damning U.S. report fuels race furor over police killings

A damning U.S. federal investigation into police brutality in Cleveland added further fuel Thursday to the national controversy raging over a spate of police killings of black suspects. The finding announced by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that police in the Ohio city routinely ...