January 5, 2009
by Eric Firkel
Pakistani officials Saturday announced the re-capture of high-level Taliban operative Ustad Mohammed Yasir in the northern city of Peshawar near the Afghan border. Yasir served as senior aide and spokesman to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. He was first arrested in 2005 by Pakistani officials and ...[read more]
January 5, 2009
by Eric Firkel
South Korea's minority Democratic Party filed a criminal suit Sunday after Assembly Speaker Kim Hyong-o on Saturday ordered security guards to end a sit-in by the minority party, which led to dozens of injuries. Democratic Party officials allege abuse of power by the ruling Grand National Party... ...[read more]
December 21, 2008
by Eric Firkel
The Iraqi parliament Saturday voted down a status of forces draft law which would have permitted 6,000 troops from the United Kingdom, Australia, Romania, El Salvador, and Estonia to remain in the country after the current UN mandate authorizing the multi-national force in Iraq expires on ...[read more]
December 21, 2008
by Eric Firkel
Iraqi judge Dhia Al Kinani Friday announced an investigation into the alleged beating of Iraqi journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi. Al-Zaidi was allegedly beaten after throwing his shoes at US President George W. Bush on December 14 during a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al- ...[read more]
December 20, 2008
by Eric Firkel
California Attorney General Edmund Brown Jr. on Friday urged the Supreme Court of California to declare Proposition 8 unconstitutional. In a brief submitted to the court, Brown argued that Proposition 8, the ballot measure that amended the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage, should be ...[read more]
December 20, 2008
by Eric Firkel
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) said Friday it will discontinue its controversial policy of suing suspected file-sharers and will instead seek cooperation with major Internet service providers (ISPs) to cut access to repeat file-sharers of copyrighted songs. The RIAA said it ...[read more]
December 5, 2008
by Eric Firkel
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) Thursday ruled on six Chechnya disappearance cases, ordering Russia to pay a total of 320,000 to the relatives of the victims. In each case, the applicants, all Russian nationals, alleged their relatives disappeared between 2001-2003 after being taken... ...[read more]
December 5, 2008
by Eric Firkel
Lawyers for former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre filed a complaint with the court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in October to prevent his trial for crimes against humanity in Senegal from moving forward, according to an AFP report. The move is a response to 14 Chadian ...[read more]
December 4, 2008
by Eric Firkel
A federal judge on Wednesday re-issued a 22-year prison sentence for so-called millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam. Judge John Coughenour of the US District Court for the Western District of Washington first sentenced Ressam to 22 years in 2005 for plotting to blow up Los Angeles Internation... ...[read more]
November 26, 2008
by Eric Firkel
Members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have killed Palestinian terror suspects in defiance of a 2006 Israeli Supreme Court ruling on targeted killings, according to Haaretz Wednesday. The 2006 ruling set up guidelines for targeted killings which include a direction that if possible, suspects ...[read more]

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