U.S. rejects Snowden's claim that he routinely reported NSA wrongdoing

May 30, 2014

U.S. rejects Snowden's claim that he routinely reported NSA wrongdoing

Edward Snowden says he repeatedly raised constitutional concerns about U.S. National Security Agency surveillance internally, but an NSA search turned up a single email in which Snowden asks for “clarification” on a technical legal question about training materials, agency officials said Thursday. Snowden, a ...

Cambodian sex slavery activist quits U.S. foundation

May 30, 2014

Cambodian sex slavery activist quits U.S. foundation

A Cambodian woman internationally recognized for her work against sexual slavery has resigned from the foundation she helped create following reports that she distorted parts of her own history. Somaly Mam’s memoir, “The Road of Lost Innocence,” said she was abused and sold into ...

'Zut alors!': Railroad faux pas leaves French fuming

May 23, 2014

'Zut alors!': Railroad faux pas leaves French fuming

Cash-strapped France will have to trim back about 1,300 rail platforms at a cost of $68 million because new trains on order are too wide. France’s secretary of state for transport, Frederic Cuvillier, called it a “tragically comical,” “mind-boggling” mix-up, blaming a lack of ...

May 4, 2014

Pope sex abuse panel highlights accountability

Members of Pope Francis’ sexual abuse advisory board said Saturday they will develop “clear and effective” protocols to hold bishops and other church authorities accountable if they fail to report suspected abuse or protect children from pedophile priests. Victims groups have long blasted the ...

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Apr 17, 2014

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Oscar Pistorius’ lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution’s momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete’s shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own credentials and findings sharply questioned. With Pistorius now back watching the proceedings from a ...

Prosecutor calls Pistorius' version 'impossible'

Apr 11, 2014

Prosecutor calls Pistorius' version 'impossible'

In a pummeling cross-examination the prosecution called Oscar Pistorius’ account of killing his girlfriend “impossible” on Thursday, zeroing in on apparent inconsistencies in key parts of his testimony. “Your version is so improbable that nobody would ever think it’s reasonably, possibly true — it’s ...

Pistorius refuses to look at photo of dead lover

Apr 10, 2014

Pistorius refuses to look at photo of dead lover

A shaken Oscar Pistorius refused to look at a gruesome photo of his slain girlfriend’s bloodied head on Wednesday, telling a prosecutor through tears, “I don’t have to look at a picture. I was there.” “It’s time that you look at it,” chief prosecutor ...

Apr 8, 2014

DHC chairman calls resignation 'impressive' move

Following the resignation Monday of Your Party leader Yoshimi Watanabe amid a scandal involving ¥800 million in loans from major cosmetics company DHC Corp., its chairman, Yoshiaki Yoshida, issued a statement later the same day. “We can say that (Yoshimi Watanabe) has acted in ...