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Israeli writer wins right to have ‘no religion’

JERUSALEM — An Israeli writer has won a historic court victory granting his request to be officially registered as “without religion” rather than “Jewish,” Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Sunday. Yoram Kaniuk turned to the courts in May after the interior ministry refused to alter his official religious status from…

Houston jury rejects rape claim by former KBR employee

In a closely-watched case, a Houston jury on Friday rejected the claim of a former employee of military contractor KBR that she had been drugged and raped by a group of co-workers in Iraq. Jamie Leigh Jones had filed suit against KBR, its former parent company Halliburton, and former co-worker…

Hezbollah rules out arrests in ‘void’ UN Hariri case

BEIRUT — Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday ruled out the arrest of four members of his militant group indicted by a UN court for the 2005 assassination of Lebanese former premier Rafiq Hariri. In his first reaction to the charges by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), Nasrallah also…

Strauss-Kahn released without bail

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was released without bail at a New York court hearing for his sexual assault case on Friday. At a hearing to seek changes to his bail conditions, prosecutors said the credibility of the hotel maid at the center of the case…

Ex-IMF chief due in court as rape case ‘unravels’

The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is reportedly collapsing, with the ex-IMF chief and French presidential hopeful due in a US court on Friday for a surprise hearing. The prominent French politician resigned from his post at the world’s crisis lender to battle charges that he sexually assaulted and…

British teenage hacker denied bail, diagnosed with autism

LONDON (AFP) – A British teenager accused of attacking websites as part of an international hacking group was remanded in custody at a court Saturday, despite being diagnosed with autism. Ryan Cleary, 19, appeared at a London court charged with offenses including hacking into the website of the Serious Organised…

Group: U.S. anti-Internet piracy campaign violates First Amendment

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged a federal court to return two domain names seized as part of the U.S. government’s “Operation in Our Sites,” an ongoing campaign against websites that illegally provide access to copyrighted material. “This misguided intellectual property enforcement effort is causing serious collateral damage to free…

Jewish court sentences dog to death by stoning

JERUSALEM — A Jerusalem rabbinical court condemned to death by stoning a dog it suspects is the reincarnation of a secular lawyer who insulted the court’s judges 20 years ago, Ynet website reported Friday. According to Ynet, the large dog made its way into the Monetary Affairs Court in the…

German hackers convicted of stealing Lady Gaga songs

BERLIN — Two young hackers were convicted in Germany Thursday of stealing new songs from stars such as Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey and offering them for sale on the Internet, a court said. The local court in the western city of Duisburg found the defendants, aged 18 and 23,…

UN denies halting Khmer Rouge investigation

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations on Tuesday strongly denied that it had ordered Cambodia war crimes judges to reject a new case involving the Khmer Rouge. With the country gearing up for a major Khmer Rouge era trial this month, Cambodian media reports said five UN staff have resigned…

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