New York police end Muslim surveillance program

Apr 16, 2014

New York police end Muslim surveillance program

A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terrorist threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been ...

Nevada rancher claims victory in standoff with U.S. government

Apr 13, 2014

Nevada rancher claims victory in standoff with U.S. government

U.S. officials ended a standoff with hundreds of armed protesters in the Nevada desert Saturday, calling off the government’s roundup of cattle it said were illegally grazing on federal land and giving about 300 animals back to the rancher who owned them. The dispute ...

Apr 12, 2014

Top China activist defiant in court

A top Chinese legal activist defiantly denounced Beijing’s high court as “absurd” Friday as it upheld his prison sentence for supporting anti-graft protests, his lawyer said. Xu Zhiyong, 40, was sentenced to four years in prison in January for backing demonstrations in which a ...

Rwanda marks 20 years since '94 genocide when 1 million were killed

Apr 8, 2014

Rwanda marks 20 years since '94 genocide when 1 million were killed

Displaying both pride and pain, Rwandans on Monday marked the 20th anniversary of a devastating 100-day genocide that saw packed churches set on fire and machete-wielding attackers chop down whole families from a demonized minority. Bloodcurdling screams and sorrowful wails resounded throughout a packed ...

Apr 5, 2014

Biden meets H.K. democracy activists

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Friday for democratic rule in Hong Kong as he met with two outspoken activists from the semiautonomous Chinese metropolis. In an unusually high sign of support, the Obama administration said Biden stopped by for talks at the White ...

Apr 5, 2014

Organ-harvesting claims to EU court

Plans are underway for a European Union-backed special tribunal to try Kosovo Albanian former guerrillas accused of harvesting organs from murdered Serbs during the Balkan country’s 1998-99 war, officials say. The move stems from a 2011 report by Council of Europe rapporteur Dick Marty ...

Smuggled video offers glimpse of life in North Korea

Apr 1, 2014

Smuggled video offers glimpse of life in North Korea

Rare video footage from North Korea has emerged showing men enjoying a night out at a karaoke salon catering to relatively wealthy North Koreans making money from often illicit cross-border trade. The content of the hidden-camera footage, which could not be independently verified, was ...

Mar 29, 2014

Prisoner releases 'may slow in China'

China appears to have decided to stop accepting lists of prisoners whom foreign governments want released, a prominent human rights advocate said Friday. John Kamm, a U.S. businessman turned activist who has helped win clemency for numerous Chinese prisoners, predicted that Beijing may move ...