Shhh! Be careful what you say in Egypt today

Dec 18, 2014

Shhh! Be careful what you say in Egypt today

Six months after Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi became Egypt’s president after crushing his opponents, criticism of his regime is either whispered or left unspoken amid stifling curbs on freedom of expression. A deadly crackdown on Islamist supporters of Sissi’s predecessor, Mohammed Morsi, whom he ousted last ...

Los Angeles to give 7,000 cops body cameras

Dec 17, 2014

Los Angeles to give 7,000 cops body cameras

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a plan Tuesday to equip 7,000 police officers with on-body cameras by next summer, making the city’s police department the largest law enforcement agency in America to move forward with such an ambitious expansion of the technology. The ...

Middle-aged biker accident deaths surge, prompting safety concerns

Dec 17, 2014

Middle-aged biker accident deaths surge, prompting safety concerns

While the number of fatal traffic accidents has been on the decline nationwide in recent years, those involving middle-aged and elderly motorcyclists have been increasing, prompting safety concerns among road-traffic authorities. One of the main reasons for the increase is believed to be that ...

Sydney siege victims hailed as heroes

Dec 16, 2014

Sydney siege victims hailed as heroes

Two hostages killed in a siege at a central Sydney cafe Tuesday were hailed as heroes “willing to lay down their lives so others might live” in a church service mourning their deaths. Tori Johnson, 34, the manager of the Lindt chocolate cafe, and ...

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 ...

California city spotlights tough path to police reform

Dec 15, 2014

California city spotlights tough path to police reform

In 2000, police in the city of Oakland, California became a symbol of the worst of American law enforcement after a band of rogue officers known as “The Riders” were accused of beating suspects, planting evidence and falsifying reports. Today, as an outcry over ...

Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media; EU irked

Dec 15, 2014

Turkey arrests 27 in swoop on anti-Erdogan media; EU irked

Turkish police on Sunday arrested the editor of Turkey’s biggest-selling newspaper and 26 others in lightning raids on supporters of a U.S.-based cleric who has become President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s top foe. The operation was the most significant yet against supporters of Fethullah Gulen, ...