May 28, 2015

U.S. state abolishes death penalty in landmark override vote

Nebraska abolished the death penalty on Wednesday in a landmark veto-override vote backed by an unusual coalition of conservatives who oppose capital punishment. Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who supports the death penalty. The vote ...

Washington Post reporter goes on trial behind closed doors in Tehran

May 26, 2015

Washington Post reporter goes on trial behind closed doors in Tehran

Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian went on trial on espionage charges behind closed doors in Tehran on Tuesday, 10 months after he was arrested at his home and imprisoned, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency reported. His wife Yeganeh Salehi and a woman described as ...

May 26, 2015

Tokyo teachers win damages for anthem punishment

The Tokyo District Court has awarded hundreds of millions of yen in compensation to a group of teachers who were punished for refusing to sing the national anthem, the group said Tuesday as it condemned nationalism in education. The court ruled Monday that the ...

May 20, 2015

U.S. charges six Chinese nationals with economic espionage

The U.S government charged six Chinese nationals with economic espionage, saying they stole secrets from two companies that develop technology often used in military systems, the Department of Justice said on Tuesday. It was the third time in as many years that U.S. authorities ...

May 19, 2015

Lay judges could be exempt from lengthy trials

The Lower House passed a bill Tuesday that would allow lay judges to be exempt from lengthy trials. The bill to amend the lay judge system law was immediately sent to the Upper House. In cases where a trial is expected to take an ...

Asian groups file complaint over Harvard's admission practices

May 16, 2015

Asian groups file complaint over Harvard's admission practices

An alliance of Asian-American groups Friday filed a federal complaint against Harvard University, saying that school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than high-scoring Asians. More than 60 Chinese, Indian, Korean and Pakistani groups came together for ...