From the U.S. to Uruguay, cannabis use hits a high

Dec 16, 2014

From the U.S. to Uruguay, cannabis use hits a high

It has been something of a breakthrough year for marijuana, the once shunned intoxicant that is steadily gaining ground as a legal high in parts of the world. In 2014, Uruguay may have been the only country to fully legalize pot, but growing number ...

Dec 16, 2014

Beijing admits forced confessions are 'not rare'

Forced confessions through torture are not rare in China, state-run media said Tuesday, in a rare admission of deep-seated flaws in the justice system. The comments came after a teenager executed for murder 18 years ago was exonerated on Monday. The 18-year-old, named Hugjiltu ...

Dec 15, 2014

Executed Chinese teenager found innocent 18 years on

A Chinese teenager executed for murder and rape 18 years ago was declared innocent by a court Monday, in a rare overturning of a wrongful conviction. The 18-year-old, named Hugjiltu but also known as Qoysiletu, was convicted and executed in Inner Mongolia in 1996, ...

Dec 9, 2014

China investigates another military official for graft

China’s military is investigating a general who worked at a prominent military university on suspicion of graft, Chinese media reported on Tuesday, as Beijing widens its crackdown on corruption in its armed forces. Major General Dai Weimin, 52, was “taken away” in the middle ...

Briton acquitted of South Africa honeymoon murder

Dec 9, 2014

Briton acquitted of South Africa honeymoon murder

The family of a Swedish citizen who was killed on her honeymoon in Cape Town said they will have sleepless nights for the rest of their lives, after her husband was acquitted of the murder. Shrien Dewani was found not guilty on Monday by ...

Dec 8, 2014

China sentences eight to death for Xinjiang attacks

A Chinese court on Monday sentenced eight people to death for involvement in two attacks that left 46 people dead in the far western region of Xinjiang, state broadcaster China Central Television said. The Urumqi Intermediate People’s Court in the capital of Xinjiang also ...