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Warcrimes court to seek Libya arrest warrants on May 16

THE HAGUE (AFP) – International Criminal Court prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said Friday he would seek arrest warrants on May 16 for three people considered most responsible for crimes against humanity in Libya. “On 16 May 2011, the Office of the Prosecutor will request the pre trial chamber of the International…

UK cops arrest professor for planning ‘zombie wedding,’ mock execution during royal ceremony

Over a dozen British police officers engaged in a “pre-crime” arrest of a university professor and a street theater group yesterday, in what activists called a “Minority Report”-style crackdown ahead of the royal wedding. Professor Chris Knight, 68, a former anthropology lecturer at the University of East London, had planned…

Three Americans arrested in Syria

WASHINGTON – Three Americans have been arrested in Damascus in recent days, and two are still being held, the US State Department said Tuesday, amid two weeks of unprecedented dissent in Syria. “We can confirm the recent arrest of three American citizens in Damascus and one of whom has subsequently…

Mubarak and family under house arrest in Egypt, Army says

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his family are not allowed to leave the country, the military council to which he handed power on February 11 said on Monday. The military denied reports that Mubarak had left to Saudi Arabia, adding: “He and his family are subject to…

Iran opposition says leaders held, judiciary denies

TEHRAN – Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi and their wives have been arrested and put in a Tehran jail, their websites said Monday in reports swiftly denied by a judicial official. The two had been under house arrest after judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani said earlier…

WikiLeaks’ Assange in court to fight extradition

LONDON – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a British court Monday to fight attempts to extradite him to Sweden over sex crime allegations. Lawyers for the 39-year-old Australian are expected to argue that the extradition request is unacceptable because he has not been charged with any crime. Wearing a…

Egyptian prime minister: Arrest of journalists ‘not intended, my dear’

Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq appeared to feign surprise Sunday when he was told that journalists and human rights activists had been arrested at anti-government protests in his country. “Why are you detaining them?” CNN’s Candy Crowley asked. “Oh, frankly speaking, it’s not intended at all my dear,” Shafiq replied.…

US calls for release of Al Jazeera reporters in Egypt

WASHINGTON – The United States expressed concern Monday about Egypt’s shutdown of Al Jazeera and called for the release of six of the regional news channel’s reporters who had been arrested there. “We are concerned by the shutdown of Al Jazeera in Egypt and arrest of its correspondents. Egypt must…

Man busted with explosives outside Michigan mosque

A 63-year-old man arrested with illegal fireworks outside a Detroit-area mosque reportedly threatened to do harm to a mosque ahead of his arrest, news reports indicate. Roger Stockham of California remained in custody Sunday after being arrested last Monday outside Dearborn’s Islamic Center of America, one of the country’s largest…

Iran police arrest ‘female American spy,’ deputy border chief says

TEHRAN – Iranian border police have arrested a foreign woman on suspicion of spying, a police official told state radio on Saturday. The semi-official Fars new agency initially quoted Ahmad Geravand, deputy commander of state border police, as telling a news conference his guards had seized a “female American spy,”…

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