November 24, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A military court in Thailand on Monday sentenced web editor Nut Rungwong to four-and-a-half years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that the court ruled defamed the nation's king. Thailand's lese-majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy, is one ...[read more]
November 23, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has dissolved the lower house of parliament, enabling an early election to see how the public views his struggling economic policies. Abe had called for the election to be held on December 14. He is seeking a new mandate for economic reforms and is delaying an ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem. The Special Coordinator, Robert Serry, called on all sides to do everything possible to avoid further escalation. The attack Tuesday killed at least four people, ...[read more]
October 31, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday announced that the proposed law on Internet tax will not be introduced in its current form. The law, which was due for a vote on November 17, drew criticism for its alleged potential effect of curtailing opposition voices. The proposed legislation ...[read more]
October 30, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday praised the launch of a global media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) stating that "nding FGM is part of the UN's unwavering campaign for the health, human rights and empowerment of women and girls." The Secretary-General acknowledged ...[read more]
October 1, 2014
by Addison Morris
The UK's Crown Prosecution Service on Wednesday dropped terrorism charges against Moazzam Begg, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who was arrested on suspicion of terrorism offenses related to the war in Syria. Begg was scheduled to stand trial next Monday for charges including the funding and ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Oklahoma on Wednesday requested that the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma dismiss a lawsuit filed after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), The Guardian and The Oklahoma Observer filed the lawsuit in August in reaction to the ...[read more]
September 12, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) filed a motion Thursday on behalf of the Guardian, the the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Philadelphia City Paper asking the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania to unseal court records which ...[read more]
August 27, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
India's top court on Wednesday ruled that lawmakers with criminal backgrounds should not serve in government positions but that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be allowed to choose his own cabinet. The supreme court expressed hope that, despite this freedom, Modi would keep public expectations ...[read more]
August 26, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Oklahoma, the Guardian US and the Oklahoma Observer filed a lawsuit on Monday in the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma seeking greater media access to state executions. The lawsuit cites the botched execution of Oklahoma ...[read more]

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