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Abu Qatada cleared of terrorism charges, released from prison
September 24, 2014
Radical Islamic preacher Abu Qatada was cleared Wednesday of terrorism offenses by a court in Jordan, and was released from prison. The court found insufficient evidence to convict the 53-year-old cleric of helping to plan a thwarted terrorist plot against tourists and diplomats during Jordan's 2000....... [more]

Scottish referendum officials investigating electoral fraud
September 20, 2014
Officials at the referendum in Glasgow are investigating ten counts of suspected electoral fraud at polling stations across the city. The suspect votes are thought to be cases of impersonation, where people cast a vote pretending to be someone else and the real person shows up later to vote. Each b....... [more]

Scotland votes no in independence referendum
September 19, 2014
Voters in Scotland on Thursday voted against independence from the UK in the country's first national referendum on the matter. The Scottish Parliament unanimously approved a bill last November to hold a Scottish independence referendum. Eighty-four percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the re....... [more]

Europe rights court rules UK legally detained Iraqi prisoner
September 17, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled 13-4 on Tuesday that the UK did not violate international law in regards to the capture and detention of Iraqi national Tarek Hassan. Hassan was captured in 2003 by UK forces and detained at Camp Bucca in eastern Iraq. Hassan's brother claimed that Tar....... [more]

No court martial for nurse who refused Guantanamo force-feeding
September 16, 2014
A nurse who refused to force feed hunger strikers at the Guantanamo detention center will not be court-martialed. Navy Captain Maureen Pennington, the nurse's commander, chose not to court-martial but recommended that the officer be required to show cause for retention in the Navy. A board will dete....... [more]

CIA used 'extreme' torture methods on terror suspects: report
September 8, 2014
The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) used torture methods beyond waterboarding on suspected terrorists, according to a report published by the Telegraph Sunday. The UK-based news outlet spoke to an unnamed "security source" who alleged that the "CIA brought top al-Qaeda suspects close 'to the po....... [more]

Malaysia law professor charged with sedition
September 2, 2014
Malaysian prosecutors charged University of Malay law professor Azmi Sharom with sedition on Tuesday for his opinion on a political crisis that occurred five years ago. Sharom voiced his opinion in an article published August 14 by The Malay Mail Online, in which he stated that the 2009 collapse of....... [more]

The Legacy of Guantanamo Bay
August 31, 2014
Cuba leased the southern portion of Guantanamo Bay to the US on February 23, 1903, as part of the Cuban-American Treaty that allowed the US military to construct a permanent naval base on the site. The base has been in regular use since its establishment, and is a source of consistent tension betwee....... [more]

UK raises terrorism threat level in response to violence by Islamic State
August 30, 2014
The UK's Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC) on Friday changed the threat level for terrorist attacks against the UK from "substantial" to "severe," indicating that a terrorist attack against the UK is highly likely, although there is no evidence to suggest an attack is imminent. In addition to t....... [more]

Europe rights court rules UK ban on prisoner voting violates human rights
August 13, 2014
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that the UK's ban preventing prisoners from voting violates their human rights. The judgment came on a case brought by 10 British prisoners who claimed that the voting ban, which prohibits prisoners from voting in national or European elections....... [more]

Apple, Samsung agree to forgo international patent lawsuits
August 8, 2014
Apple and Samsung on Wednesday agreed to drop all patent infringement lawsuits in courts outside of the US. The move will result in the abandonment of litigation in nine countries, including South Korea, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain. The two comp....... [more]




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