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Sierra Leone war crimes court rejects Charles Taylor's request for transfer to Rwanda prison
March 26, 2015
The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone on Wednesday denied the request of former Liberian president Charles Taylor to serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes in Rwanda instead of the UK. Taylor alleged that his detention in the UK violated his rights because of the essentially isolated condit....... [more]

UK Supreme Court grants release of Prince Charles letters
March 26, 2015
The United Kingdom Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of The Guardian, deciding that the UK newspaper may publish a series of letters between Prince Charles and high government officials. The court determined that governmental attempts to conceal the "Black Spider memos" were unlawful. The corre....... [more]

Julian Assange to be questioned in London by Swedish prosecutors
March 13, 2015
Swedish prosecutors on Friday issued a request to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over sexual assault allegations at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has lived since June of 2012. The move marks a change of course for the team of prosecutors, who have insisted since 2010 that Ass....... [more]

UK Parliament to pass amendment to equal pay law
March 7, 2015
The UK House of Lords on Wednesday will debate a bill recently passed through Parliament that will require certain businesses to reveal whether there are differences in the pay of male and female employees. The bill calls for the Secretary of State to make changes to the 2010 Equality Act, requirin....... [more]

UK court extends smoking ban to prisons
March 5, 2015
Paul Black, a prisoner at HMP Wymott, won a contentious judgment in the UK High Court on Thursday banning smoking in prisons and all Crown premises. Under current regulations, prisoners are permitted to smoke in cells but forbidden to smoke in corridors and other places of high prisoner traffic. Th....... [more]

EU court annuls European Central Bank oversight requirement
March 4, 2015
The General Court of the European Union on Wednesday annulled a portion of the European Central Bank's (ECB) Eurosystem Oversight Policy Framework requiring financial institutions clearing trades in euros to be located in the Eurozone. The UK brought the action before the General Court, contending t....... [more]

India court acquits 6 of crimes during Gujarat riots
February 28, 2015
An Indian court in Gujarat on Friday acquitted six individuals for their roles in the deaths of three British people during the 2002 Gujarat riots. The riots began following the death of 60 Hindus in a fire aboard a train for which Muslims were blamed. The riots resulted in death of more than 2,000....... [more]

Bin Laden aide found guilty of US embassy bombings
February 27, 2015
A former aide of Osama Bin Laden has been found guilty on Thursday of plotting the 1998 al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Extradited from the UK to the US in 2012, Saudi national Khalid Al-Fawwaz was convicted on four counts of conspiracy by the US Distr....... [more]

US considering new sanctions against Russia over Ukraine conflict
February 22, 2015
US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Saturday that Washington is considering "additional sanctions" against Russia in light of the most recent events in Ukraine. In the statement, he accused Russia of engaging in "extraordinarily craven behavior at the expense of the sovereignty and integri....... [more]

IAEA: Iran violated Joint Plan of Action
February 21, 2015
The UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Friday condemned Iran for violating its duties under the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), a negotiation between Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia, whereby Iran has agreed to expand its nuclear program peacefully. T....... [more]

Rights groups urge action after alleged US-UK SIM card hack
February 20, 2015
Rights groups called Friday for urgent action to protect private calls and online correspondence after allegations that US and British agencies hacked into the networks of Gemalto, a major SIM card manufacturer. Edward Snowden allegedly leaked documents to The Intercept, an online news source, clai....... [more]




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