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Dutch prosecutors open war crimes probe into Malaysia Airlines crash
July 21, 2014
A spokesperson for the Dutch Public Prosecutor said Monday that their office has opened a war crimes investigation into last week's crash of Malaysia Airlines MH17 in Ukraine. Prosecutors are investigating allegations of murder, war crimes and intentionally downing an airliner, and a representative....... [more]

Egypt court reduces activist's sentence
July 20, 2014
An Egyptian court on Sunday reduced the sentence of the prominent activist Mahienour El-Masry from two years to six months, and fined her LE50,000 (USD $7,000), for violating Egypt's protest law. El-Masry was found guilty of violating Egypt's protest law after being arrested for protesting during th....... [more]

Florida jury hands down $40 billion verdict against tobacco company
July 20, 2014
A jury for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida on Friday handed down a verdict against RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co., awarding the plaintiff $16.8 billion in compensatory damages, and $23.6 billion in punitive damages. The case, Cynthia Robinson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, was originally part of....... [more]

Ethiopia court charges journalists with terrorism, inciting violence
July 20, 2014
An Ethiopian court on Friday charged nine journalists with terrorism and inciting violence under Ethiopia's anti-terrorism law. The journalists, including six bloggers, were arrested in April and have been prevented from accessing their families or legal counsel since their arrests. According to th....... [more]

UN reports possible war crimes in Iraq
July 19, 2014
There is evidence of serious human rights violations committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), associated armed groups, Iraqi security forces (ISF) and associated forces in the last month, including some that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the UN Assistanc....... [more]

France lawmakers adopt measure to reduce prison overcrowding
July 18, 2014
The French Senate adopted a law Thursday calling for increased use of probation and other measures to reduce prison overcrowding. France's prison system has become increasingly overcrowded in past years, and it reportedly does little to discourage reoffending. The population of these prisons has gro....... [more]

Thailand internal commission seeks criminal charges against ousted PM
July 18, 2014
Thailand's National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on Thursday issued a unanimous recommendation to seek criminal charges against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra for failing to end the government's rice subsidy program, which allegedly cost the nation billions of dollars. The rice subsi....... [more]

The Supreme Court and the Second Amendment
July 17, 2014
Washington DC had a set of gun laws that made owning a handgun illegal without a special one-year permit. An additional lock-and-trigger requirement prohibited keeping loaded "fire-ready" guns in DC homes. A policeman, Dick Heller, applied for a permit to possess a handgun in his Washington home. A....... [more]

Egypt court hands down prison sentences for nine convicted of sexual assault
July 17, 2014
An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced nine men to prison for participating in mob sexual assaults in Tahrir Square during celebrations for the inauguration of Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi. The ruling comes a month after el-Sisi called for action to combat the rash of sexual assaults th....... [more]

Pakistan court sentences man to death for blasphemy
July 16, 2014
A Pakistan court on Tuesday sentenced to death a man convicted of insulting the Prophet Mohammed in violation of the nation's blasphemy laws. Zulfiqar Ali was arrested in 2008 for writing blasphemous statements against Islam on walls. Ali's lawyer argued that his client was mentally insane, emphasiz....... [more]

Iran court sentences Facebook page administrators
July 14, 2014
An Iranian court has sentenced eight Facebook page administrators to jail for terms between eight and 21 years, Iran's official news agency, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), reported on Sunday. The defendants were convicted of plotting against national security, spreading propaganda against....... [more]




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