Spanish authorities arrest Yuriy Kolobov, former Ukr...
Yuriy Kolobov, the former finance minister of Ukraine has been arrested in Spain on charges of fraud and embezzlement. ...
Alabama Supreme Court orders judges to stop issuing ...
The Supreme Court of Alabama yesterday ordered all judges to halt in issuing same-sex marriage licenses in the state. T...

Snowden from file. (Image: Praxis Films.)Edward Snowden in talks to return to United States
Edward Snowden, a US National Security Agency (NSA) whistle-blower who has been in exile since 2013, would like to return to the United States providing he is guaranteed a "fair and impartial trial", said Anatoly Kucherena, his Russian lawyer, yesterday. Snowden from file. Image: Praxis Films. The US Attorney General has promised Snowden he will not be ...

Beverly Hall, indicted public school superintendent,...
Dr. Beverly Hall, a central figure in an Atlanta, Georgia public schools cheating scandal since 2009, died at the age of 68 on Monday. The cause of death was reported as breast cancer, a disease she had been suffering from since 2004. At the time of her death Hall was still facing criminal charges relating to the cheating scandal. No official statement was ...

Footballer Adam Johnson arrested on suspicion of sex...
English footballer Adam Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with a girl under the age of 16. Johnson, who currently plays for Sunderland A.F.C. , was arrested yesterday morning at his home. Durham Police confirmed they had arrested a "27-year-old man [...] on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16." A neighbour of Johnson's spoke...

Islamic State execute 21 Coptic Christians held in L...
A video purporting to show the execution of 21 Coptic Christians by supporters of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been released yesterday. The video shows them being beheaded in a location apparently near Tripoli in Libya. The captives, all shown being executed in orange jumpsuits in the video, were picked up in Sirte, a coastal town in Liby...

Police shoot dead suspect in Copenhagen attacks
Police in Denmark have shot dead a man they believe was responsible for two gun attacks that killed two people in Copenhagen on Saturday. Police had kept a property in the Nørrebro district of the city under surveillance. When the man returned to the property, they confronted him and shot him in the ensuing fire fight. Jorgen Skov, a police investigator, sa...

Santiago, from file. (Image: "Greifen".)Dominican murder draws light to anti-Haitian sentiment
Only 7,000 of an estimated 200,000 eligible residents have signed up for residency cards, a scheme instigated by the government in the face of international pressure. The deadline to apply for the permits, which allow citizenship after two years, has passed. "They shouldn't have to apply for residency," said Santiago Canton of the Robert F Kennedy Center for ...

File photo of a handgun. (Image: User:Rama.)Two men shot during robbery in Houston, Texas
Two men were shot during a robbery at a car stereo and alarm business in the city of Houston, Texas yesterday evening, according to police. One of the men, Abdullah Shakur, 65, later died at a local hospital. The other man, Samer Salam, 32, was reportedly in critical condition late Tuesday evening. File photo of a handgun. Image: User:Rama. Police said ...

Huizhou, from file. (Image: User:长夜无风.)Chinese market fire kills seventeen, child detained
Police detained a nine-year-old after a blaze started in a wholesale market in Huizhou, Guangdong, southern China on Thursday afternoon. Seventeen died. Huizhou, from file. Image: User:长夜无风. According to police the child was playing with matches in a warehouse on the top-floor of the four-storey Yiwu Commodity Mall. Soon the entire floor was engulfed, l...

Man steals dying lorry crash victim's purse in Great...
Police were alerted to the collision between the truck and the 82-year-old woman, in the town of Leigh, at approximately 1145 UTC on Wednesday. The woman died at the scene, in what one nearby resident called "a horrible thing to have happened". Witnesses subsequently told police a man stole the victim's purse in the aftermath of the crash. "This is one of t...

Connecticut ex-death row inmate Robert Courchesne dies
Courchesne, now 57, stabbed heavily pregnant Demetris Rodgers to death in 1998. In 2004 he was convicted of her murder and that of her unborn baby, delivered minutes after the murder by cesarean section. Baby Antonia Rodgers spent over a month on life support before death was confirmed. Using legislation that provided the death penalty to multiple murderers th...

South African apartheid assassin Eugene de Kock gran...
South African Justice Minister Michael Masutha yesterday announced he is granting parole to Eugene de Kock, an apartheid-era assassin who has spent twenty years in prison. After South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994 de Kock was arrested and subsequently detailed his actions to the nation's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of a ...

A goshawk in Croatia in 2013, from file. (Image: Krzysztof Wiśniewski.)Scottish gamekeeper jailed for bird crime in nationa...
A Sheriff in Aberdeen yesterday jailed gamekeeper George Mutch for crimes against birds of prey. It is believed to be the first time anybody has been imprisoned for raptor persecution in Scotland. Wildlife criminals must expect no sympathy from now on —RSPB Mutch, 48, killed a protected goshawk, and used illegal traps to capture a buzzard and a second go...

Marchers in Paris. (Image: Yann Caradec.)Millions march in France and around the world in sup...
Following the shootings at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, millions of people turned out yesterday for marches in Paris, in cities across France, and around the world. Reported estimates of between 1.5 and 2 million people rallied in Paris, and the French interior ministry estimated 3.7 million or more rallied across France. 44 world leaders attended the Pari...

FBI investigating explosion near NAACP office in Col...
An explosion that took place in a barber shop next door to the Colorado Springs, Colorado office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) yesterday is currently being investigated by the FBI, specifically agents from the Joint Terrorism Task Force, as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Officials sa...

Twelve dead in shooting at offices of French satiric...
At least twelve people have been killed today in a shooting at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Three men in hoods armed with Kalashnikov rifles entered the magazine's office in the 11th arrondissement and shot dead ten journalists and two police officers before making a getaway in a car driven by a fourth collaborator. ...

A hangman's noose, from file. (Image: Chris 73.)Jordan ends eight-year stay on executions, hangs eleven
Jordan yesterday ended a moratorium on executions that had stood since 2006, executing eleven men. The Interior Ministry made the announcement via official news agency Petra. The ministry did not identify the men, but said all had been convicted of murder in either 2005 or 2006. All were Jordanian citizens and had exhausted all appeals, according to the min...

File photo of Selek. (Image: Streetpepper.)Istanbul court acquits bomb accused Pinar Selek for ...
A court in the Turkish capital Istanbul yesterday cleared exiled academic Pinar Selek of killing seven in a bomb attack in 1998. It is the fourth time the courts have cleared her. Forensic investigators blamed the explosion, which also injured 127, in the city's Spice Bazaar on an inadvertent gas leak. Selek was arrested two days after the explosion. She sp...

Nation mourns, world condemns Taliban attack on Paki...
In the wake of of Tuesday's high-school attack by the Pakistani Taliban (TTK) on an army public school, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced a three-day period of official mourning. In addition to condemnation from world leaders — who include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz, and Deputy director David Gr...

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