November 27, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft
Blackwater security contractors who were involved in the September 16 shooting of Iraqi civilians ignored a direct order from Blackwater and US State Department personnel prior to the shooting incident, according to an amended complaint filed in US federal court Monday on behalf of several of the ...[read more]
November 27, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft
Only 37 of over 5700 lawyers, rights activists, opposition figures and others arrested after Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf issued a declaration of emergency rule earlier this month still remain in custody, Pakistani Interior Ministry spokesman Brig Javed Iqbal Cheema said Tuesday. Of those ...[read more]
November 13, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft
Canada's ruling Conservative Party government Tuesday reintroduced two Senate reform bills that would abolish government-appointed senators and limit the number of terms a senator could serve. The first bill would allow each province to vote to fill vacancies in the Senate. The federal prime min... ...[read more]
October 30, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft
The accumulated evidence against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra may be insufficient to compel the United Kingdom to extradite the ousted prime minister on corruption charges, according to Chief Prosecutor for Foreign Litigation Sampan Sarathana as reported in the Bangkok Post Tuesday. ...[read more]
October 15, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft
Montenegrin Prime Minister Zeljko Sturanovic signed the EU-Montenegro Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) Monday, a preliminary step in Montenegro's possible accession to the European Union (EU). The SAA is expected to prepare Montenegro for a projected EU membership in 2015 by creatin... ...[read more]
October 9, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft
US District Judge Gladys Kessler of the DC District Court has directly intervened to block the transfer of a Guantanamo Bay detainee to Tunisia, where he faced the threat of torture. In her decision last week, which was not made public until Tuesday, Kessler granted a preliminary injunction ...[read more]
October 9, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft
The corruption and violence permeating the Nigerian government have reached crisis levels, according to a report issued Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). Comparing the behavior of the Nigerian government to a criminal organization, the HRW report said that politicians use hired thugs to ...[read more]
October 9, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft
The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) Tuesday sentenced two former leaders of Sierra Leone's Civil Defense Forces (CDF)- Moinina Fofana and Allieu Kondewa- to six and eight years imprisonment, respectively. The sentences will run from the date they were initially imprisoned in 2003. Fofana... ...[read more]
October 1, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft
Four doctors and a New Jersey pharmaceutical company were acquitted Monday of all criminal charges surrounding the dissemination of a tainted blood clotting product in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s, a public health disaster that infected more than 20,000 people with hepatitis C and more than 1,000 ...[read more]
October 1, 2007
by Melissa Bancroft
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said Monday that it would send a team of investigators to Iraq to study the circumstances surrounding a September shooting incident involving employees of the privately contracted security firm Blackwater USA that left 11 Iraqi civilians dead. According ...[read more]

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