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After spy freed, CIA touts ‘healthy’ Pakistan ties

WASHINGTON – The CIA said Wednesday it enjoyed a “healthy partnership” with Pakistan’s intelligence service after an American spy accused of murder was freed by Islamabad authorities. A Pakistan court on Wednesday released the CIA contractor, Raymond Davis, who was accused of double murder, after $2 million in blood money…

Pakistan court acquits CIA contractor of double murder

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A CIA contractor indicted earlier in the day on two murder charges in Pakistan was acquitted and released on Wednesday after a deal to pay “blood money” to the victims’ families was reached, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah told Reuters. The deal ends a long-simmering diplomatic…

Israeli family of five killed in West Bank attack

Troops set up roadblocks and were searching the area around the settlement of Itamar, near the Palestinian city of Nablus, for the attacker who snuck into the house and killed a couple and three of their children, including a baby. “This is the despicable murder of an entire, innocent family, parents…

Illinois repeals the death penalty

UPDATE (3:05 p.m. EST): The Governor of Illinois has signed a bill repealing the death penalty and commuting the sentences of 15 men Today, Illinois is expected to officially end the practice of state-sanctioned murder. It only took them 232 years. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, a supporter of capital punishment,…

Australian gangland matriarch convicted of murder

SYDNEY — An Australian underworld matriarch was found guilty Wednesday of orchestrating an execution-style murder of her brother-in-law as he enjoyed his daily coffee at a busy suburban cafe. Judy Moran, a 66-year-old grandmother, was convicted over the slaying of Des “Tuppence” Moran who died from multiple gunshot wounds to…

Georgia anti-abortion bill would require investigations of miscarriages

Legislation recently introduced to the Georgia legislature by House Republican Bobby Franklin would make abortion the legal equivalent of murder and require miscarriages to be investigated by authorities. The bill, known as HB 1, was uncovered by the progressive blog The Daily Kos. Franklin’s bill would classify the removal of…

US defends diplomat accused of killing 2 in Pakistan

WASHINGTON – The United States has again called for the release of an American diplomat accused of killing two Pakistanis, saying that he acted in legitimate self-defense. “He is a member of the embassy’s technical administrative staff and therefore entitled to full criminal immunity. He cannot be lawfully arrested or…

Escaped killer who hoped to be ‘bear food’ sentenced

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – A convicted murderer who broke out of an Arizona prison and led a multi-state manhunt last summer was sentenced to 38 years behind bars on Friday for a crime spree he hoped would end with bears devouring him at Yellowstone National Park. Tracy Province, 42, was…

ACLU: ‘Unjustified homicides’ go unpunished at military prisons

The American Civil Liberties Union has said it identified 25 to 30 cases of “unjustified homicide” in US-run prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. After filing a Freedom of Information request in 2009, the civil rights group last week obtained 2,624 pages of documents from the US military detailing…

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…

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