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WI justice admits he called female colleague a ‘bitch,’ threatened to ‘destroy’ her

The anger of one conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice boiled over last year when he called a fellow justice a “bitch” and threatened to “destroy” her, according to a published report. Justice David Prosser reportedly made the comments to Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson following a February 2010 debate over whether…

Exclusive: Libya envoy to U.S. backs interim government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Libya’s ambassador to the United States on Saturday threw his weight behind a caretaker government formed by former Libyan justice minister Mustafa Mohamed Abud Ajleil. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s grip on power appeared ever more tenuous as his police abandoned parts of the capital Tripoli in the…

Suicide risk rises after run-ins with law, study says

WASHINGTON — People who have had run-ins with the law, even if they were never jailed, show a higher risk of committing suicide, said a study released Monday. The research, published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, a journal of the American Medical Association, examined records in Denmark and found…

Iraq operating ‘secret prison’: Human Rights Watch

BAGHDAD — Security forces linked to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki are operating a “secret detention site” and elite teams are torturing detainees at a separate facility, Human Rights Watch charged on Tuesday. The New York-based watchdog’s claims come a week after the Los Angeles Times reported some detainees at…

Guantanamo detainee sentenced to life for Africa bombings

The first former Guantanamo Bay detainee to be tried in a US civilian court was Tuesday sentenced to life imprisonment without parole for his role in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa. The US administration swiftly welcomed the jailing of Ahmed Ghailani, 36, found guilty last year…

Rights group blasts US justice over racial gap

A leading rights group slammed the United States on Monday for “overwhelming” racial disparities in its criminal justice system, and shortcomings in its approach to immigration and anti-terrorism measures. Human Rights Watch said in its annual world report that in the US prison system — which still has the world’s…

Noam Chomsky urges Iran to release captive Americans

World-renowned scholar and MIT professor Noam Chomsky released a video message calling on Iran to release two Americans detained on suspicions of espionage. Three Americans hiking along the Iran-Iraq border were detained in Tehran on charges of espionage in 2009. One of them, Sarah Shourd, was released last September. The…

Wrong men convicted of Daniel Pearl murder: probe

WASHINGTON — The wrong men were convicted of murdering US reporter Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and beheaded in Pakistan in 2002, and US officials stood in the way of the real murderers being brought to justice for the grisly crime, a report released Thursday says. British-Pakistani Omar Sheikh and…

US orders Twitter to divulge personal info on Icelandic MP with ties to WikiLeaks

Update: WikiLeaks confirms US secret court subpoenaed four supporters on espionage charges STOCKHOLM – WikiLeaks said Saturday the Twitter accounts of four supporters have been subpoenaed in connection with an espionage investigation into the whistleblowing website led by a secret US grand jury. WikiLeaks, which began releasing 251,287 US diplomatic…

Nigerian ethnic groups ‘under control,’ city police chief says

JOS, Nigeria – Soldiers were patrolling the streets of the central Nigerian city of Jos Monday, a day after ethnic clashes there left at least one person dead. The latest violence came just two days after Christmas Eve bombings in the city that killed at least 32 people, raising fears…

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