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Death sentence upheld despite judge-prosecutor affair

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear the case of a Texas man who learned after being sentenced to death that the prosecutor and judge at his murder trial were having an affair. The highest US court declined to intervene in the case of Charles…

Polish protests erupt over burial of president

WARSAW (AFP) - – Fresh protests erupted in Poland Wednesday over a decision to bury president Lech Kaczynski in a castle with Polish kings that has ruptured the national unity since his death in a plane crash.…

WikiLeaks plans to post video showing US massacre of Afghani civilians

The whisteblower website WikiLeaks — which exploded onto the national stage earlier this month after it released a video recording showing US servicemembers shooting two reporters and six others to death — says they plan to release another, even more harrowing clip. The clip will show previously classified footage from…

UK Conservatives may reopen probe into Iraq war whistleblower’s death

The death of a whistle-blower who said the UK government had “sexed up” a dossier on Saddam Hussein’s military capabilities in order to sell the Iraq war has been one of the most intriguing and confusing elements of the war’s history. Now the UK’s Conservative Party is signaling that it…

Maher: ‘I thank the Tea Baggers’ for health care reform

Comedian Bill Maher appears to be in a generous mood now that the Democrats have been victorious on health care reform. In his February comedy special, Maher accused the Tea Partiers of racism and suggested that “it’s kind of insulting to a lot of Americans” to long for the return…

Saudi to behead Lebanese convicted of witchcraft: lawyer

BEIRUT (AFP) – A Lebanese man sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia on charges of witchcraft is due to be beheaded this week, his lawyer said on Wednesday, urging officials and rights groups to intervene on his behalf. “Last night we got news through unofficial channels that Ali Sabat would…

Supreme Court stays Texas execution one hour before schedule

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the execution of a convicted murderer in Texas less than an hour before he was due to die after a plea from France and his lawyers to allow further DNA tests.…

Major Christian group: Sea World death result of ignoring Bible

The American Family Association, an influential Christian group, has a somewhat different explanation. In a post to the group's Web site last week, one of the group's spokesman explained the incident as a failure of Americans to follow Biblical teaching:…

Former New Orleans Detective Pleads Guilty in Katrina Shooting Cover-up

Former New Orleans Police Department Lt. Michael Lohman today pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiring to obstruct justice, in connection with one of a string of violent encounters between police and civilians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Police shot at least 10 people during the…

Malkin: ‘Sufficient time has passed’ to ‘speak ill’ of Murtha

Less than 100 hours after Democratic Congressman John Murtha passed away, one of his hugest critics decided to replace her butter knives with sharper blades. “Sufficient time has passed since John Murtha’s death to reckon with his true record. No tears for the wreckage, poison, and damage to the public…

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