January 30, 2014 |
LONDON -- Amid rising anger from local residents and forecasts of more rain, the British government sent military officials to southwest England on Thursday to help deal with floodwaters that have turned whole villages into islands and drowned parts of the country's storybook countryside. Some rural communities in the county of Somerset have been cut off for weeks by the flooding, the result of storms that have lashed Britain almost nonstop since Christmas. The freak weather is linked to the harsh snowstorms in the United States, where cold fronts have collided with warm fronts in the South and strengthened the jet stream across the Atlantic, stirring a cauldron of precipitation.
February 21, 2011
'Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy' Where: Lifetime When: 9 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-14-D-V (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14, with advisories for coarse language and violence)
October 4, 2011 |
Looking shaken and shy, Amanda Knox returned home to Seattle on Tuesday, ending a four-year Italian ordeal that began when her roommate was brutally slain and she was imprisoned for the crime. Appearing before a madhouse of television cameras, jostling reporters and security guards at Seattle-Tacoma airport, the diminutive Knox at first hunched over in a chair, then tearfully spoke to her hometown. "I'm really overwhelmed right now. I was looking down from the airplane, and it seemed like everything wasn't real," she said, her voice quaking.
October 3, 2011 |
The case was a media sensation from the start, with allegations of drug-fueled group sex and a principal suspect whose cherubic face proved to be an irresistible canvas to a world that saw in it images ranging from scheming vamp to innocent ingenue. For four years, that contrast hovered over the fate of Amanda Knox, a 24-year-old American exchange student in Italy, trapped in a foreign legal system and behind bars for the murder of her British roommate. Was she a killer, capable of murdering Meredith Kercher in the pursuit of sexual pleasure?
February 7, 2009 |
An Italian student accused of sexual violence and murder in the slaying of a British student told a court that he was innocent and the victim of a terrible judicial mistake. "It all seems unreal, I've got nothing to do with it," Raffaele Sollecito told the court in Perugia. Sollecito is on trial along with Amanda Knox, a U.S. student who is his former girlfriend. Both have denied wrongdoing in Meredith Kercher's 2007 slaying.
January 30, 2014 |
MANILA - The Philippines, no stranger to the culture wars over contraception and abortion, will soon learn whether a controversial new law that requires the government to subsidize birth control for the poor is constitutional. The Filipino Supreme Court's decision is expected in March, but could come earlier. The new law makes no mention of abortion, which remains forbidden under almost all circumstances, but the Roman Catholic bishops of the Philippines have sought to frame it as such by arguing that any form of contraception other than church-approved “natural” methods or abstinence is tantamount to abortion.
January 30, 2014 |
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's attorney general said Thursday that he has proof that some of the arms being used by the vigilante “self-defense” groups of Michoacan state were supplied by a drug cartel, the Jalisco New Generation, according to news reports. The self-defense groups sprang up last February to take on a drug cartel called the Knights Templar. Many members are rural landowners and farmworkers fed up with the harassment and extortion by the Knights Templars. But there has been wide speculation that the groups had some connection to, or support from, the New Generation, a rival of the Knights Templar.
March 26, 2013 |
As the Supreme Court hears arguments over gay marriage, the debate over the rights of couples of the same sex has also reverberated around the globe. Wedding bells are still a distant dream for gays and lesbians in many countries, especially in Africa and the Middle East, where couples of the same sex often face persecution and arrest. In the Sudan, for instance, sodomy--a catchall category that encompasses gay and lesbian sex--is punishable by death after multiple offenses. Saudi Arabia whips or sometimes stones to death people for the same crime, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.
December 1, 2007 |
A University of Washington student and her Italian ex-boyfriend, both held in connection with the slaying of a 21-year-old British student, must remain in jail, a court ruled. Amanda Marie Knox of Seattle and Raffaele Sollecito have been jailed in the central Italian city of Perugia since Nov. 6. The decision by the three-judge panel was made shortly after Knox, 20, appeared in court to proclaim her innocence.