May 29, 2006
by Cathy J. Potter
The US military said Monday that the number of Guantanamo Bay detainees participating in a hunger strike has increased from 3 to about 75. Navy Cmdr. Robert Durand described the strike as an effort to attract attention. He speculated that it may be related to the events of May 18, when 4 ...[read more]
May 29, 2006
by Cathy J. Potter
A UN official Monday warned members of fundamentalist Islamic and secular warlord militias fighting for control of the Somali capital of Mogadishu “that any deliberate attempt to prevent wounded or civilians receiving assistance and protection during fighting in the city may constitute elements... ...[read more]
May 29, 2006
by Cathy J. Potter
US Marine Corps General Peter Pace, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, declined comment Monday on the Pentagon's investigation into the November 2005 killings of up to two dozen Iraqi civilians in the troubled city of Haditha, in the western Anbar province of Iraq. Pace emphasized that... ...[read more]
April 20, 2006
by Cathy J. Potter
A group of UN human rights experts on Thursday voiced grave concern at the escalating wave of violence surrounding the pro-democracy demonstrations throughout Nepal in recent days, noting in particular several incidents where Nepalese police have fired on protesters during ongoing demons... ...[read more]
April 20, 2006
by Cathy J. Potter
A lawsuit filed by the Russian Justice Ministry's Federal Registration Service against the Union of Soldiers' Mothers Committees, a local NGO representing the rights of soldiers, was dropped Wednesday after the group publicized the fact that they had received a summons to appear in court... ...[read more]
April 6, 2006
by Cathy J. Potter
Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has selected British lawyer Karim Asad Ahmad Khan to serve as his provisional counsel in proceedings at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Special Court Principal Defender Vincent Nmehielle on Wednesday issued a decision to appoint Khan, a specialist in ...[read more]
March 31, 2006
by Cathy J. Potter
Over 780 new allegations of clergy sex abuse were reported to the US Catholic Church in 2005, though a majority of the claims relate to incidents which occurred in past decades, according to a new audit released Thursday by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. The report is the third annual ...[read more]
March 30, 2006
by Cathy J. Potter
The US Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved by a 12-6 vote S. 1768, an amendment to 28 USC 45 that would permit Supreme Court proceedings to be televised, unless the Court decides by a vote of the majority of justices, that allowing such coverage in a particular case would constitute... ...[read more]
March 30, 2006
by Cathy J. Potter
Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York has ruled that Bank of America may proceed with a counterclaim for damages of over $1 billion against bankrupt Italian dairy giant Parmalat SpA. In its counterclaim, Bank of America charges Parmalat and its ...[read more]
March 23, 2006
by Cathy J. Potter
US House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) said Thursday that they have sent a letter to President Bush asking if he knew when he signed the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 that it suffered from a fundamental constitutional problem. Due to a clerical error, ident... ...[read more]

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