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20 Somalis found guilty of migrant trafficking by Italian court

Apr 28, 2015

20 Somalis found guilty of migrant trafficking by Italian court

A court in Sicily on Monday convicted 20 Somalis who had received political asylum in Italy of a role in a vast criminal organization focused on migrant-smuggling. Prosecutors in Catania said that the defendants were part of an international migrant-smuggling ring that demanded “large ...

Apr 27, 2015

U.S. may ease penalties for those who pay hostage ransoms

U.S. officials are expected to stop prosecuting families of American hostages who communicate with kidnappers abroad or raise funds and pay ransoms, ABC News reported Sunday. A National Counterterrorism Center advisory group, ordered by the White House, is expected to recommend what would mark ...

Violence erupts at Baltimore police death protest

Apr 26, 2015

Violence erupts at Baltimore police death protest

Protesters targeted businesses and smashed police cars in downtown Baltimore on Saturday as the biggest demonstration yet over the death of a young black man in police custody turned violent. More than 1,000 people had joined an orderly 90-minute rally at City Hall demanding ...

Romanian robbers dressed to kill, trained to steal: investigators

Apr 25, 2015

Romanian robbers dressed to kill, trained to steal: investigators

Prosecutors detained 14 people Friday who are suspected of belonging to a network of well-dressed robbers who were trained to steal luxury items in Romania and the European Union. The alleged leader was among those detained and prosecutors have asked for their arrest. “They ...

Hope at last for Croatia war rape victims

Apr 24, 2015

Hope at last for Croatia war rape victims

More than two decades and lots of therapy have done little to heal Ana Horvatinec’s trauma of wartime rape by her neighbors in the Croatian town of Vukovar. “There were six of them. . . . I had to watch what they did to ...

Apr 24, 2015

Three more women say Bill Cosby drugged, sexually assaulted them

Three more women on Thursday accused Bill Cosby of sexually abusing them decades ago. Janice Baker Kinney, Marcella Tate and Autumn Burns said at a press conference hosted by celebrity attorney Gloria Allred that Cosby, 77, drugged and sexually assaulted them in separate incidents ...

Petraeus fined $100,000, gets two years of probation for military leak

Apr 24, 2015

Petraeus fined $100,000, gets two years of probation for military leak

Former CIA Director David Petraeus, whose career was destroyed by an extramarital affair with his biographer, was sentenced Thursday to two years’ probation and fined $100,000 for giving her classified material while she was working on the book. The sentencing came two months after ...

Family sues Ferguson over Michael Brown's wrongful shooting death

Apr 24, 2015

Family sues Ferguson over Michael Brown's wrongful shooting death

The family of Michael Brown filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, on Thursday, seeking unspecified damages and police reforms after the black teen’s killing by a white policeman prompted a national debate on law enforcement and race. The civil ...

U.S. woman jailed after McDonald's shooting over bacon-less burger

Apr 23, 2015

U.S. woman jailed after McDonald's shooting over bacon-less burger

A Michigan woman was sentenced to three to seven years in prison after firing her gun at a McDonald’s drive-thru when her hamburger was delivered twice without bacon, local media reported Wednesday. Shaneka Monique Torres, 30, was convicted in March of carrying a concealed ...