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Clashes erupt outside Egyptian court trying ex-minister

CAIRO — Hundreds of Egyptians angry with the delays in the trial of ex-interior minister Habib Adly clashed on Sunday with anti-riot police outside the courtroom, an AFP reporter witnessed. Adly, once one of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak’s most trusted ministers, and six other defendants are accused of ordering the…

Congress presses Obama to sell F-16 jets to Taiwan

WASHINGTON — US lawmakers across party lines stepped up pressure Thursday on President Barack Obama to sell F-16 jet fighters to Taiwan, with some accusing the administration of showing deference to China. “With over 1,600 missiles pointed directly across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan needs the means to defend itself from…

Rep. Peter King sets second Muslim radicals hearing

WASHINGTON — A key US House of Representatives committee next week will hold the second in a controversial series of hearings on Muslim radicalization in the United States, the panel’s chairman announced Thursday. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, a Republican whose first session on the issue in March…

U.S. soldier fights Afghan ‘kill squad’ court martial

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington — A US soldier accused of being part of a rogue “kill squad” that targeted Afghan civilians should not face court martial, his lawyer argued at a new hearing Wednesday. Private Andrew Holmes is accused of the premeditated murder of a teenage boy in a poppy…

Jared Lee Loughner ruled unfit to stand trial for shooting of Rep. Giffords

LOS ANGELES – A US judge ruled Wednesday that Jared Loughner was unfit to stand trial over charges he tried to assassinate a US congresswoman and killed six other people in Arizona, US media reported. Loughner had to be removed from court in Tucson after making an outburst at a…

IMF chief Strauss-Kahn released on bail

NEW YORK – Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was indicted Thursday on sexual assault charges but ordered released on bail by a New York judge after agreeing to house arrest and to post $1 million in cash. He also had to put up a $5 million bond, surrender all travel documents…

U.S. soldier wins new hearing in Afghan murder case

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A military judge has granted a defense request to reopen pretrial evidentiary proceedings for one of the five soldiers in Washington state charged with killing Afghan civilians in cold blood. Dan Conway, the civilian lawyer for Army Private Andrew Holmes, said he was notified on Monday that…

Sarah Palin wins restraining order against father-son pair

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin won another round in court on Monday against a Pennsylvania teenager accused of stalking the outspoken conservative, telling a judge, “I fear for my friends’ and for my family’s safety.” The three-hour Anchorage court hearing, with Palin and her antagonists testifying…

Ex-Black Panther Mumia gets new sentencing hearing

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A US appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing Tuesday death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, without overturning the guilty verdict of the man who has become a cause celebre for death penalty opponents. The court in Pennsylvania ruled that Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther who has languished…

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Anti-union measure ‘doesn’t save any’ money

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said Thursday that his decision to strip the collective bargaining rights of public workers “doesn’t save any” money for taxpayers during a House committee hearing on ways to handle state and municipal debt. Nearly all collective bargaining rights were stripped from Wisconsin public workers in March…

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