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Suspect arrested for 2006 murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian authorities have detained a long elusive suspect in the killing of investigative journalist and Kremlin critic Anna Politkovskaya five years ago, investigators said on Tuesday. Rustam Makhmudov, the man accused of fatally shooting Politkovskaya in Moscow in 2006, was detained in his native province of Chechnya…

Accused California serial killer to represent himself

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A photographer accused of killing four northern California women whose first and last names began with the same letter was given permission on Friday to act as his own attorney as the case proceeds. Joseph Naso, 77, told Marin County Superior Court Judge Andrew Sweet in…

Russian found guilty in 2009 murder of journalist Anastasia Baburova

MOSCOW (AFP) – A Russian court sentenced a nationalist to life in prison on Friday for the brazen murder of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and reporter Anastasia Baburova in what experts called a rare victory for the embattled rights community. The sentencing comes after a jury last month found…

Justice Department may reopen Malcolm X murder investigation

In light of a recent book that claims the killers of Malcolm X never paid for their crime, the U.S. Department of Justice is considering reexamining the case. The department is reviewing “the request to open the Malcolm X murder,” department spokesman Xochitl Hinojosa said Monday. “We decline further comment…

Woman who killed banker husband seeks transfer to U.S.

HONG KONG — American Nancy Kissel, twice convicted of murder over the 2003 killing of her banker husband, will not appeal her life sentence and is seeking a transfer to a US prison, her lawyer said Thursday. “She has filed an application to be transferred to United States to serve…

Italian activist killed in Gaza after kidnap

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – A radical Islamist group hanged an Italian activist on Friday hours after kidnapping him in Gaza, Hamas said, as Rome denounced the “barbaric murder.” The pro-Palestinian activist was found hanged in a house north of Gaza City, the ruling Hamas government said. “The government…

Former rugby player charged with axe murders after daughter allegedly raped

Former South African rugby player Joseph Ntshongwana appeared in court in Durban today to face three murder charges, one attempted murder charge and an assault charge in a series of axe attacks on men he is said to have accused of raping his daughter and infecting her with HIV. The…

U.S. woman drugged banker husband with milkshake, then beat him to death

HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong jury on Friday unanimously found an American woman guilty of murdering her Merrill Lynch banker husband in 2003, ending the lengthy retrial of a case that riveted the territory with tales of rough sex, marital violence and adultery. Nancy Kissel, who has appeared…

Ukraine ex-leader charged over reporter’s murder

KIEV – Ukraine on Thursday charged ex-president Leonid Kuchma over the 2000 murder of a journalist, its most notorious post-Soviet crime, amid doubts he could be jailed even if found guilty. Ukrainian prosecutors confirmed they had presented charges of “abuse of power” to Kuchma as he attended a second session…

GOP state lawmaker: America like Gaddafi because of abortion

A Republican state representative from Georgia compared access to legal abortions in the United States to the regime of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi on his Facebook profile Saturday. Georgia State Rep. Bobby Franklin’s remark was first revealed by the liberal blog Georgia Politico. “This is nothing but pure evil,” Franklin…

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