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Prosecutor: Nigerian in Failed US Airliner Attack Sought ‘Martyrdom’

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The trial of a Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up an American airliner with a bomb hidden in his underwear has opened with a U.S. federal prosecutor saying the defendant wanted to achieve martyrdom. In his opening statement Tuesday, prosecutor Jonathan Tukel told the jury Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was on the December 25, […]

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Trial of Nigerian in Failed US Airliner Attack Begins Tuesday

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 11:00 am (UTC-5)
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The trial of a Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a U.S. airliner with a bomb hidden in his underwear begins with opening statements in a U.S. court on Tuesday. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is representing himself in the trial in the U.S. city of Detroit, but he agreed to allow a court-appointed standby […]

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South Africa: Two Blacks Plead Not Guilty in Death of White Supremacist

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Two black South African farm workers have pleaded not guilty to charges of murdering a white supremacist leader. Eugene Terre’Blanche was found dead at his home in April of last year, beaten and hacked to death with a steel pipe and a machete. Accused of the murder are Chris Mahlangu, a gardener at Terre’Blanche’s farm, […]

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HRW: Families Plea for Release of UAE Activists

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 3:25 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch says the families of five political activists on trial in the United Arab Emirates have made a joint plea for their release. The men were detained six months ago for publicly insulting the country’s leaders. The New York-based rights organization says the families have sent a letter to the president and vice […]

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Japanese Lawmaker Hospitalized After Court Hearing

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Former Democratic Party of Japan leader Ichiro Ozawa was hospitalized late Thursday, hours after the first hearing of his trial on charges of violating fund-raising laws. Japanese news reports say Ozawa was transported to hospital by ambulance from his Tokyo home after complaining of pain in his mid-section. Details of his condition are not yet […]

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US Judge Dismisses Juror After Jury Selected in Abdulmutallab Trial

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. judge has dismissed a juror in the trial of a Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a U.S. airliner using a bomb hidden in his underwear in 2009. Detroit District Judge Nancy Edmunds dismissed the woman, a native of Nigeria, from the jury on Thursday, minutes after the prosecutors and defense […]

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US Judge Dismisses Juror After Jury Selected in Abdulmutallab Trial

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 2:20 pm (UTC-5)
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A U.S. judge has dismissed a juror in the trial of a Nigerian man accused of trying to blow up a U.S. airliner using a bomb hidden in his underwear in 2009. Detroit district judge Nancy Edmunds dismissed the Nigerian woman from the jury on Thursday, minutes after the prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed on […]

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Vietnam Postpones Trial of Falun Gong Broadcasters Again

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 8:45 am (UTC-5)
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A Vietnamese lawyer representing two members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement says authorities have postponed his clients’ trial on charges of illegally broadcasting into China. Defense attorney Tran Dinh Trien said the postponement — the second in six months — was announced Thursday in a Hanoi courtroom, after people had gathered for the trial. […]

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Influential Japanese Politician Goes on Trial

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 5:05 am (UTC-5)
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The man who masterminded Japan’s ruling party’s historic victory in 2009 went on trial Thursday on charges of violating fund-raising laws. Ichiro Ozawa pleaded not guilty to accusations that he knowingly falsified reports to hide a $5.2 million loan he made to his political fund-raising body to facilitate a land deal in 2004. Three former […]

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Paramedics at Trial: Michael Jackson Lifeless, Doctor ‘Frantic’

Posted September 30th, 2011 at 8:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Paramedics, who rushed to Michael Jackson’s rented mansion the day the singer died, say they arrived within five minutes of being called but that Jackson seemed to have been dead for some time. They also say his doctor, who was at the home, was “frantic.” The testimony came Friday in Los Angeles during the involuntary […]

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