December 25, 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith
Libya's Supreme Court Sunday disposed of the death-by-firing-squad sentences given to five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor jailed since 1999 and convicted of infecting more than 400 children with the HIV virus. The case was sent back to the lower court for retrial. The six have contin... ...[read more]
December 25, 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith
Iraqi National Security Adviser Mowaffak al-Rubaie has said that he wants to see the re-arrest of Saddam Hussein's former top weapons aides after the US military confirmed the release from custody of 14 more high-ranking detainees, including Dr. Rihab Taha al-Azawi, also known in the Western me... ...[read more]
December 25, 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said Saturday that members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee intend to expand their probe into warrantless wiretaps within the US after the weekend disclosure that the National Security Agency had obtained access to the nation's telephone and Internet lines to tra... ...[read more]
December 25, 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith
China announced Saturday on the last working day that prosecutors were able to bring the case that it is putting journalist Zhao Yan on trial for stealing state secrets and fraud within the next six weeks. Yan had worked at the New York Times' Beijing Bureau as a researcher. When the Times ran a... ...[read more]
December 16, 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith
Canadian-born media tycoon Conrad Black, former chairman of publishing giant Hollinger International, pleaded not guilty in Chicago Friday to an additional four felony counts that include racketeering and obstruction of justice. Black, a member of the UK House of Lords who gave up his Canadian ...[read more]
December 16, 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith
The trial of Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk for slander against the state was adjourned Friday until February 7, 2006 to give Turkey's Justice Ministry time to decide if the case is in line with judicial procedures after a prosecutorial request. Under Turkish law, individual rights can be restrict... ...[read more]
December 16, 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith
Austria Thursday mailed notifications to the first survivors of the Holocaust eligible for payments in its 2001 General Settlement Fund which compensates victims robbed of businesses, property, bank accounts and insurance policies under the Nazis. So far, 100 of the 19, 300 survivors who have ...[read more]
December 16, 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith
A 2002 Presidential order issued in the aftermath of 9/11 authorized the US National Security Agency (NSA) to secretly monitor the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of possibly thousands of US residents without warrants over the past three years, according to ...[read more]
December 15, 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith
The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday reversed a $10.1 billion judgment against Philip Morris USA in a case where the tobacco company had been found liable for defrauding customers into believing that light cigarettes were safer than regular ones. The state high court ordered the lower court to ...[read more]
December 15, 2005
by Sara R. Parsowith
The US House of Representatives late Wednesday voted 308-122 in support of the so-called McCain Amendment, designed to prohibit the cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment of detainees in US custody. The non-binding vote instructs negotiators working to finalize the 2006 military spending bill, ...[read more]

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