May 24, 2006
by Angela Onikepe
In a newly released five minute audio tape found on an Islamist website Tuesday, a man claiming to be Osama bin Laden said that convicted September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui was not intended to be one of September 11 hijackers as he had not finished his flying training, and that his co... ...[read more]
May 24, 2006
by Angela Onikepe
Former French president and author of the beleaguered European Constitution, Valery Giscard d'Estaing is calling for the EU constitution rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005 to be put to new referendums. Citing domestic political issues as the culprit in derailing the ratification of th... ...[read more]
May 18, 2006
by Angela Onikepe
Human Rights Watch lauded Mexican President Vicente Fox Wednesday for advances made in increasing the transparency of the Mexican government, but warned in a new report on human rights in the country that more progress was needed. HRW pointed to continuing difficulties Mexico has had tackling ...[read more]
May 18, 2006
by Angela Onikepe
Syrian authorities have arrested leading human rights lawyer Anwar al-Bunni just days after Sunday's arrest of prominent writer Michel Kilo, prompting speculation that a large government crackdown on dissidents is underway. Amnesty International said in a statement Wednesday that at least eight... ...[read more]
May 18, 2006
by Angela Onikepe
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Wednesday lifted its stay of execution for Derrick S. O'Brien, citing insufficient factual or scientific evidence proving that lethal injection causes suffering and leads to a painful death. Death penalty opponents have criticized the lethal injection process... ...[read more]
May 17, 2006
by Angela Onikepe
In a decision that some observers have hailed as a victory for health tourism, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Tuesday that domestic health service programs must pay for patients who go abroad to another EU state to have needed surgery. The major criterion is the patients m... ...[read more]
May 11, 2006
by Angela Onikepe
A Spanish High Court judge was forced to order the release of Moroccan citizen Saed El Harrak, a suspect alleged to be involved in the March 11, 2004 Madrid train bombings, due to the government's failure to apply for the necessary extension for further detainment. Harrak was arrested in conne... ...[read more]
May 11, 2006
by Angela Onikepe
US officials have dismissed a call from UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith to close the facility at Guantanamo Bay used to detain terror suspects, saying that the US is working to release detainees who no longer pose a threat, but insisting that the prison is a critical part of the war on terror. ...[read more]
May 9, 2006
by Angela Onikepe
The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Monday sentenced former Bosnia Croat militia commander Ivica Rajic to twelve years in prison for leading an October 1993 attack against civilians living in Stupni Do, a Bosnian Muslim village. Originally pleading not guilty to ...[read more]
May 4, 2006
by Angela Onikepe
Russia and China have expressed doubts about a draft UN Security Council resolution introduced Wednesday by France, Britain, and the United States. The resolution, invoking Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, mandates that Iran abandon uranium enrichment and contemplates the use of further measures... ...[read more]

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