In Thursday's international brief, West African regional organization ECOWAS has refused to recognize Faure Gnassingbe as the legitimate leader of Togo and threatened sanctions against the country unless it returned to its prior constitutional process. The Togo National Assembly changed the country's constitution on Sunday to permit Fuare Gnassingbe , son of former president Gnassingbe [...]

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In what is to be New England's first execution in 45 years, a Connecticut judge has set a new May 11 execution date for convicted killer Michael Ross and appointed a special counsel to investigate claims by Ross' lawyer and family that Ross is incompetent to waive his remaining his appeals, thus expediting his execution. [...]

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AP is reporting that civil rights lawyer Lynne Stewart has been convicted of helping imprisoned Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman communicate with his terrorist followers. 3:45 PM ET – After 13 days of deliberation, a jury has convicted Stewart on charges of conspiracy, giving material support to terrorists and defrauding the US government for smuggling messages of [...]

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AP is reporting that the US House has approved the REAL ID Act , legislation aimed at preventing entry by terrorists into the country. The act sets regulations for the use of state driver's licenses by immigrants and facilitates deportation procedures. The White House gave approval to the legislation earlier Thursday. Read more about H.R.418 [...]

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