January 26, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A Turkish court on Sunday ordered a ban on Facebook pages that contain materials insulting the Prophet Muhammed. The Golbasi Duty Magistrate Court ruled that Facebook would be blocked in Turkey if the order is not implemented. The Anadolu Agency, Turkey's official press agency, reported that the ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release on bail of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's two sons, pending a retrial in a corruption case. Alaa and Gamal Mubarak were charged for using state funds to renovate family residences and sentenced to four years in prison. Their father was sentenced ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The UN General Assembly is holding a daylong informal meeting Thursday devoted to anti-Semitism in response to a global increase in violence against Jews. The meeting was requested by 37 countries in a letter to the General Assembly president in October. The meeting will include a keynote address ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Wednesday announced the transfer of five Guantanamo detainees. Four of the men went to Oman and one to Estonia, the first time each nation accepted Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement. Their release is the latest effort of the Obama administration to ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Pakistani lawmakers on Thursday passed a resolution and rallied outside parliament to protest the publication of images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by extremists last week. Pakistan and other Muslim nations have condemned last week's ...[read more]
January 12, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Tunisia has failed to bring to justice those responsible for the use of excessive force by police during the uprising four years ago, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. The 52-page report, "Flawed Accountability: Shortcomings of Tunisia's Trials for Killings during the Uprising," states ...[read more]
January 12, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Supreme Court decided Monday not to take on a case to review Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage. The ban was upheld by a federal trial judge in New Orleans in September. The couples were seeking to bypass the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Supreme Court denied the ...[read more]
January 8, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
Federal appeals court judges heard arguments Wednesday on a restrictive Texas abortion law that critics say would close more than half the state's remaining abortion clinics. A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is reviewing the law, which requires that abortion ...[read more]
January 8, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Thursday restarted genocide hearings against the former Khmer Rouge regime's surviving leaders. Proceedings had been postponed since November, when defense lawyers refused to participate because they were still working to appeal an ...[read more]
January 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday acquitted four death row convicts who were sentenced for their involvement in a 2002 Rawalpindi suicide attack that killed 19 people. After being sentenced by an Anti-Terrorism Court in 2004, the convicts filed an intro-court appeal. Counsel argued that there ...[read more]

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