Nov 24, 2014

Iran frees British-Iranian woman who tried to go to volleyball game

Iranian authorities released a British-Iranian woman being held on bail, the semi-official ISNA news agency said. The report quoted Sousan Moshtaghian, mother of Ghoncheh Ghavami, as saying a judge released her daughter on nearly $30,000 bail ahead of an appeal. “My daughter has insisted ...

Dogfighting thrives in U.S. despite high-profile gang busts

Nov 24, 2014

Dogfighting thrives in U.S. despite high-profile gang busts

In the squalid Jacksonville dogfighting kennel, a champion named Bulletproof Sam sat in a makeshift wooden cage, his teeth exposed from a missing snout. Nearby, an undercover agent with the sheriff’s office met with Sam’s breeder, a big-timer in the underground world of dogfighting ...

British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

Nov 24, 2014

British banker fit to stand trial in Hong Kong murders

A British banker accused of killing two Indonesian women whose mutilated bodies were found in his Hong Kong apartment was on Monday ruled fit to stand trial next year after psychiatric tests. Judge Bina Chainrai ruled that Rurik Jutting, who has undergone two weeks ...

Chinese Communist paper backs charges against journalist

Nov 22, 2014

Chinese Communist paper backs charges against journalist

A newspaper published by China’s ruling Communist Party on Saturday endorsed charges of leaking state secrets against a veteran journalist that critics say amount to political persecution. The Global Times said in an editorial that Gao Yu is clearly guilty of leaking an internal ...

Two Chilans sentenced for 1974 torture of president's father

Nov 22, 2014

Two Chilans sentenced for 1974 torture of president's father

Two retired Chilean military officers were sentenced to prison Friday for the torture death of the father of President Michelle Bachelet. Judge Mario Carroza ordered Cols. Ramon Caceres Jorquera and Edgar Cevallos Jones to serve three years and two years, respectively, for the 1974 ...

Nov 22, 2014

EU Parliament mulls breaking up Google to curb its dominance in search

The European Parliament is preparing a nonbinding resolution that proposes splitting Google Inc.’s search engine operations in Europe from the rest of its business as one option to rein in the Internet company’s dominance in the search market. European politicians have grown increasingly concerned ...

Nov 20, 2014

Signs suggest North Korea preparing material for nuclear bomb test

New satellite imagery suggests North Korea may be firing up a facility for processing weapons-grade plutonium, as Pyongyang threatened Thursday a fresh nuclear test in response to U.N. condemnation of its rights record. The images show steam rising from a reprocessing plant at the ...

Nov 20, 2014

Support builds for ending benefits to former Nazis

Support is growing on Capitol Hill to strip suspected Nazi war criminals of their Social Security benefits. Members of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees introduced bills Wednesday to close a loophole in the law that allowed former Nazis to receive ...

Convicted mass murderer Charles Manson gets marriage license

Nov 18, 2014

Convicted mass murderer Charles Manson gets marriage license

Mass murderer Charles Manson has gotten a license to marry a 26-year-old woman who visits him in prison. The marriage license obtained Monday by The Associated Press was issued Nov. 7 for the 80-year-old Manson and Afton Elaine Burton, who left her Midwestern home ...

Hong Kong court gives order to evict demonstrators

Nov 17, 2014

Hong Kong court gives order to evict demonstrators

A Hong Kong court notice ordering the eviction of democracy demonstrators from parts of the main protest site they have occupied for seven weeks has been published in leading newspapers, the first such public circular that empowers authorities to clear rally sites. Protesters have ...