May 3, 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi emerged victorious Tuesday after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that EU law could not overrule an Italian law partially decriminalizing false accounting crimes. The court further held that penalties under Italian law could not be increased under ...[read more]
May 3, 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has called on American political and religious leaders to repudiate remarks by evangelist Pat Robertson who said Sunday on This Week with George Stephanopoulos that Muslims should not be appointed to positions in the US government, ...[read more]
May 3, 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco
Dennis Rader, the man accused of being Kansas's BTK (bind, torture, kill) serial killer, pleaded not guilty Monday to 10 counts of murder. The BTK killer was suspected of eight murders from 1974 to 1991, but authorities linked two additional victims. AP has more... ...[read more]
May 3, 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Monday heard a bid to restrain same-sex couples from marrying until state residents can vote on a proposed state constitutional amendment banning such marriages. The action was brought by C.J. Doyle, executive director of the Catholic Action League of ...[read more]
May 3, 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco
In an attempt to break a ten-year deadlock over reforming the United Nations Security Council, Italy suggested Monday that a new system be instituted by which the council would award 10 new seats to regional groups rather than individual countries. The novel idea arose as Jean Ping, president of... ...[read more]
April 22, 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco
Zacarias Moussaoui has pleaded guilty to six conspiracy charges connected with the 9/11 attacks that killed more than 3000 people. Upon conviction, he could face the death penalty. Earlier today, Moussaoui's own lawyers had asked the judge to reject a guilty plea, citing mental incompetence.6... ...[read more]
April 15, 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco
In an urgent appeal at a press conference in Santiago Friday, a coalition of leading human rights groups urged the Chilean Supreme Court to reconsider its January 25 decision to shut down unconcluded investigations of human rights violations that occurred under former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto ...[read more]
April 15, 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco
French commentators suggested Friday that a televised appeal by French President Jacques Chirac in a town hall-style meeting with young people broadcast Thursday evening and seen by over 9,000,000 viewers has failed to persuade skeptical French citizens to vote in support of the European... ...[read more]
April 15, 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco
New US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings castigated senior departmental officials Friday over the controversial hiring of conservative commentator Armstrong Williams to plug the No Child Left Behind Act. Williams was investigated by the FCC in January for his failure to disclose a ...[read more]
April 15, 2005
by Phillip Hong-Barco
Sheik Ahmed Abdul Ghafour al-Samarrai, a prominent Sunni cleric of the Association of Muslim Scholars, urged President Jalal Talabani on Friday to fulfill an earlier promise to pardon some 10,500 insurgents imprisoned by US forces. His remarks, stating that Talabani should not obey and kneel... ...[read more]

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