September 23, 2013 |
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Kenyan security forces killed three assailants from an Al Qaeda-linked Somalia militia after unleashing a major assault to end the standoff at a shopping mall here, defense officials said. With the crisis at the Westgate shopping center in its third day, officials said 10 suspects had been arrested for questioning, including two at the Nairobi airport. The big unanswered questions concerned the number of people held by the gunmen, and their welfare, after Shabab militants threatened to kill hostages if there was an assault.
August 4, 2013 |
TEHRAN - Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, said Sunday that his nation would not be intimidated by threats and demanded “respect” from the global community. “If you want the right response, it should not be through the language of sanctions, it should be through the language of discourse and respect,” Rouhani said in a pointed message to outside nations during his official swearing in at the parliament here. “Iran does not pursue war.” Rouhani, 64, a moderate cleric who was a surprise victor in June's elections, officially assumed office on Saturday but took the formal oath of office Sunday for his four-year term.
July 26, 2013 |
The mother of slain black teenager Trayvon Martin told a convention of civil rights activists that she wants them to use the case to prevent a similar tragedy elsewhere. Speaking Friday to the National Urban League convention in Philadelphia, Sybrina Fulton called on the group to fight against “stand your ground” laws, which she and others have blamed for the death of Martin, 17, shot in a Florida altercation with George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges this month by a six-person Florida jury.
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June 26, 2013 |
She was a mother of three, going to the market to pick up food for a neighbor. They were "stupid drunk," a witness would later tell police: loud, rowdy and obnoxious. And when they met by chance late at night on Dec. 29, 1998, the first words they uttered seemed to fit the season. "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year," the three men shouted from across the road. "Yeah, Merry Christmas. Happy New Year," she yelled back. The men's boisterous greeting, prosecutors say, was followed up with a grisly murder in which 43-year-old Penny Keprta of Long Beach was sexually assaulted, tortured and beaten to death.
June 2, 2013 |
SEOUL - Laos is coming under increasing international criticism for its unusual decision to turn over to the North Korean government nine defectors, most of them homeless teenagers. The young North Koreans were arrested by Laotian authorities May 10 just across the border from southwestern China, in Laos' Oudomxay province. Also arrested were two South Korean missionaries who had been helping the North Koreans in an attempt to reach South Korea. "We have received credible information that the nine young North Korean defectors were subsequently returned to [North Korea]
May 22, 2013 |
LONDON - As bystanders watched in horror, a man was hacked to death in broad daylight on a London street Wednesday and two suspects were shot and wounded by police, who are investigating the incident as a likely terrorist attack. The two assailants, who reportedly shouted "God is great!" in Arabic as they mounted their assault, set upon a young man near a military barracks in the southeast London neighborhood of Woolwich, police said. The attackers slashed their victim to death with knives or machete-like weapons, then advanced menacingly on officers, who shot them, according to witness accounts.