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.
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.
January 30, 2014 |
JERUSALEM -- Scarlett Johansson has severed ties with the charity Oxfam International over her relationship with SodaStream, an Israeli-owned company that operates in the West Bank. In a statement released Thursday, Oxfam said it had accepted the actress' decision to step down after eight years as a “global ambassador" for the charity, saying her position as a spokeswoman for SodaStream was "incompatible" with her role at Oxfam. Johansson, who appears in a television ad for the company set to debut during the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, has come under intense fire in recent weeks from Palestinian activists who oppose SodaStream's presence in the West Bank.
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.
November 21, 2007 |
German police arrested a fugitive wanted in the sex slaying of a British college student in Italy, detaining an African man whose fingerprints had been found at the crime scene. Police arrested Rudy Hermann Guede, 20, in the western German city of Mainz. Guede, a native of Ivory Coast, was stopped for riding a Frankfurt-bound train without a ticket, investigators said.