Concerns aside, executions persist in some states

Jun 19, 2014

Concerns aside, executions persist in some states

With Florida carrying out America’s third execution in less than 24 hours, some states with the death penalty— particularly in the South — appear unfazed by the recent furor over how the U.S. performs lethal injections. A botched execution seven weeks ago in Oklahoma ...

Berlusconi: from sex appeal to legal appeal

Jun 18, 2014

Berlusconi: from sex appeal to legal appeal

As Silvio Berlusconi braces for the start of his appeal trial Friday against a conviction for paying for sex with an underage prostitute, analysts say the career of the man who upended Italian politics is dead. The three-time former prime minister was sentenced last ...

Egypt releases hunger-striking Jazeera journalist

Jun 18, 2014

Egypt releases hunger-striking Jazeera journalist

Egypt on Tuesday released Al-Jazeera journalist Abdullah al-Shamy, who has been on hunger strike for nearly five months in protest over his detention. al-Shamy, who works for the main Arabic channel of the Qatar-based network, was arrested on August 14 when police dispersed supporters ...

Toronto mayor's saga to be a musical

Jun 17, 2014

Toronto mayor's saga to be a musical

In case anyone has missed Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s scandalous confessions, expletive-laden videos and Jimmy Kimmel appearances over the past year, a new theatrical production is bringing his honor’s story to the musical stage. “Rob Ford the Musical: Birth of a Ford Nation” held ...

Argentina won't submit to 'extortion' on debt to U.S.

Jun 17, 2014

Argentina won't submit to 'extortion' on debt to U.S.

Argentina’s president is refusing to go along with a U.S. judge’s ruling requiring a $1.5 billion repayment of defaulted bonds, even though the U.S. Supreme Court rejected her government’s appeals and left the order in place. In a national address Monday night, Cristina Fernandez ...

China executes 13 allegedly connected to Xinjiang 'terrorist attacks'

Jun 17, 2014

China executes 13 allegedly connected to Xinjiang 'terrorist attacks'

China on Monday executed 13 people for “terrorist attacks” in the violence-wracked northwestern region of Xinjiang, state media said, as death sentences were issued over a suicide car crash at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. The announcement by the official Xinhua News Agency said the 13 ...

Jun 14, 2014

Canada's top court bolsters Internet privacy protection

Canada’s Constitution bars authorities from forcing Internet providers to turn over the identities of customers without a warrant, the Supreme Court ruled Friday in a decision that better protects online anonymity. Privacy advocates say the ruling makes unconstitutional a Conservative government bill currently before ...

Jun 14, 2014

Drunk Japanese honeymooner punched flight attendant on U.S. jet

A drunken passenger assaulted a flight attendant while flying from Japan to Honolulu, federal prosecutors said. Kenji Okamoto pleaded guilty Friday to interfering with the duties of a flight attendant by assaulting and intimidating him. According to a criminal complaint, Okamoto was flying first-class ...