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Sentence in racially charged NY shooting commuted

NY’s Paterson commutes sentence of black man in racially charged NY shooting of teenager New York Gov. David Paterson commuted the sentence Thursday of a black man imprisoned for the racially charged shooting death of a white teenager on Long Island, a decision in the final days of his administration…

Pakistan court issues warrants over Bhutto’s death

Pakistan court issues warrants for 2 police officers accused of negligence in Bhutto’s killing. A Pakistani court has issued arrest warrants for two police officials accused of failing to provide proper security for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on the day she was assassinated. They are also accused of cleaning…

Facebook founder eyes China, faces death threats in Pakistan

The founder of global social networking giant Facebook is so determined to make his company a success in China he’s even learning the language. Facebook has over 500 million users worldwide but has been restricted in China since July 2009 after the deadly ethnic unrest in the restive Xinjiang region.…

Court won’t review appeal of mentally impaired man sentenced to death

Supreme Court won’t review case of Texas death row inmate who may be mentally impaired The Supreme Court won’t review a claim by a Texas death row inmate who says his mental impairment should prevent his execution. The court said Monday won’t hear an appeal from Michael Wayne Hall. A…

Afghan 2010 troop death toll approaches 600

KABUL — The toll of foreign troops killed in Afghanistan this year crept closer to 600 Sunday with the death of a NATO soldier in a Taliban-style attack in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said. The soldier, whose nationality was not given, died “following an improvised explosive device attack,” NATO’s International…

Parents seek justice for daughter crushed by Israeli bulldozer

Family seeks little more than apology for US activist crushed by Israeli bulldozer The parents of a young American activist crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer seven years ago as she tried to save a Palestinian home from demolition never saw the soldier who killed her or his commanders…

US orders probe of aid worker’s death in Afghanistan

LONDON (AFP) – The US has ordered a probe into the death of a British aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan amid fears she may have been killed by a grenade detonated by American troops attempting to rescue her. The top US commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, ordered the investigation…

Afghan foreign troops death toll hits 500 for 2010

KABUL (Reuters) – The number of foreign troops killed in Afghanistan this year has reached at least 500, compared with 521 in all of 2009, according to an independent monitoring site Monday and a tally compiled by Reuters. The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said an ISAF service member was…

States delay executions as lethal drug cocktail in short supply

Lacking enough of the anesthetic essential to the cocktail of lethal drugs administered during executions, several US states are being forced to postpone the procedure until early next year. At the heart of the drug supply problem is Hospira, the only pharmaceutical company that produces the anesthetic sodium thiopental. “We…

US death row inmate loses bid to prove his innocence

A court ruled Tuesday that Troy Davis, a death row inmate given a rare second chance by the US Supreme Court, had failed to prove his innocence, clearing the way for his execution. A highly unusual hearing was ordered in June for Davis, who has been on death row since…

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