CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2009 |
On the eve of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the United Nations, the families of three young UC Berkeley graduates detained in that country while hiking pleaded for their release. "This is not a political situation at all, it's totally humanitarian," Patrick Sandys, cousin of detainee Sarah Shourd, said Tuesday. "We don't want it to get mired in the already difficult political situation between the U.S. and Iran. We just want our family members home." Shourd, 31; Shane Bauer, 27; and Joshua Fattal, 27, have been in Iranian custody since they allegedly crossed into the country July 31 while hiking through a mountainous area of Iraq's northern Kurdistan region.
September 9, 2008 |
Mexico City police said they have detained five suspects in the kidnapping and killing of a 14-year-old boy, a crime that prompted protests across the nation. Officials said kidnappers dressed as police and set up a fake checkpoint on a busy street to snare victim Fernando Marti, revealing the complexity and sophistication of Mexico's organized crime gangs. City prosecutor Miguel Mancera said the suspected ringleader, Sergio Ortiz, posed as a well-heeled society type to move among the wealthy and collect information on potential victims.
August 15, 2009 |
Six days ago, a Pakistani journalist on the run from Taliban militants landed in the United States holding a valuable key to sanctuary: a visa granting him the right to work for the Voice of America radio service for one year. But today Rahman Bunairee is in an immigration lockup in Virginia after being detained upon his arrival at Dulles International Airport. "We are concerned and upset" about the detention, said Joan Mower, a spokeswoman for the VOA, which is funded by the U.S. government.
November 16, 2008 |
Iran detained 10 spies carrying $500,000 in cash who had entered the Islamic Republic illegally from neighboring Pakistan, state television said. Modern espionage cameras and maps of sensitive regions in Iran were found when the group was detained in Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan province, the report said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2008 |
A Woodrow Wilson High School student was stabbed multiple times on campus, and a classmate was detained for questioning, Los Angeles police said Tuesday. The attack about 1:30 p.m. prompted school officials to lock down the campus for more than an hour as police searched for the assailant. Police said the assailant came up from behind the victim, 17, while he was eating lunch and stabbed him in the face with a screwdriver. Police said the attack may have stemmed from a gang rivalry.
June 9, 1989 |
Security police detained about 120 people as they left a Protestant church after protesting the results of East Germany's local elections, church officials said Thursday. Uniformed and plainclothes officers dragged the civil rights activists to three waiting buses and drove them away Wednesday night, the church aides and witnesses said. Police told church leaders those detained will be freed once their names have been taken but it was not immediately clear whether this had happened.