December 30, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
Egyptian authorities on Sunday detained four journalists working for the Al Jazeera English news channel. The journalists have been accused of broadcasting illegally, spreading false information and information aimed at inciting the public, and meeting with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, an ...[read more]
December 30, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The French Constitutional Council on Sunday approved a controversial tax of up to 75 percent on companies paying salaries over 1 million euros ($1.375 million USD). The super tax had been a campaign promise of French President Francois Hollande, and this decision of the council is supported by ...[read more]
December 27, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The government of South Sudan on Friday offered to immediately cease fighting with the rebels, but warned that its forces would not hesitate to defend themselves in the event of an attack. Violence began after ethnic Dinka, loyal to President Salva Kiir, and Nuer soldiers, following former vice ...[read more]
December 27, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
A federal judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled on Friday that the National Security Agency's (NSA) PRISM program, which includes massive collection of American citizens' telephone records, is legal. Judge William H. Pauley III ruled that the program was ...[read more]
December 19, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The US Senate passed a spending bill and presented the legislation to President Obama on Wednesday, scaling back the across-the-board spending cuts that went into place earlier this year. The bill also passed the US House of Representatives with bipartisan support, and is expected to be signed by ...[read more]
December 19, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The British National Security and Intelligence Committee revealed in a report on Thursday that an investigation has found evidence that Britain has been complicit in the torture and rendition of terror suspects. The investigation was run by Sir Peter Gibson, a retired judge, and involved ...[read more]
December 5, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
US prosecutors unsealed on Thursday charges it has filed against 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their family members for allegedly conspiring to commit health care fraud. The complaint, which was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, accuses the ...[read more]
November 26, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
A Zimbabwean magistrate on Tuesday acquitted human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa on charges of obstructing justice and being unruly to police officers. Mtetwa was arrested in March, and was determined to be a flight risk. She was denied bail, and has been on trial since June. Officers claimed ...[read more]
November 26, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
Ukraine's imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko announced on Monday that she would go on a hunger strike to show her support for the demonstrators who have been protesting Ukraine's decision to abandon a planned EU trade pact. Demonstrators allege that Ukraine has caved to pressure from ...[read more]
November 21, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU on Thursday filed a lawsuit in Shawnee County District Court, challenging Kansas' two-tiered voter registration system. The US Supreme Court has ruled that laws requiring proof of citizenship for federal elections are unconstitutional, but it has preserved ...[read more]

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