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November 25, 2009
CHINA Two executed in baby formula case China executed a dairy farmer and a milk salesman for their roles in the sale of contaminated baby formula -- severe punishment that Beijing hopes will assuage public anger. The men were the only people put to death for a scheme to boost profits by lacing milk powder with the industrial chemical melamine; 19 other people were convicted and received lesser sentences. At least six children died after drinking the adulterated formula, and more than 300,000 were sickened.
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July 7, 2013 | By Jason Song
Two Los Angeles law schools are launching programs designed to give their students real-world legal experience by writing briefs on behalf of nonprofit groups or other causes that professors deem worthy. Unlike better-known programs in which law students take on longer-term pro bono work that focuses on single cases, students at UCLA and Southwestern law schools will write amicus briefs, often known as "friend of the court" documents. "I have not heard of law schools doing anything quite like this," said Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor who will head the university's First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic this fall.
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NEWS
February 11, 2012
Antarctic lake: An item in the World Briefing column in the Feb. 9 Section A said Russian scientists had tapped into a freshwater lake beneath the ice about 800 miles southeast of the South Pole. The location is in East Antarctica, about 800 miles from the South Pole. UCLA basketball: An article in the Feb. 9 Sports section previewing the Bruins' game that night against Stanford said UCLA was 6-2 in games played in the Sports Arena this season. At that point, the Bruins were 6-3 in that venue.
WORLD
March 4, 2010
ITALY 7 accused of trafficking arms to Iran Italy arrested seven people on suspicion of trafficking arms to Iran -- two Iranians they believe are secret service agents and five Italians, police said Wednesday. Two Iranian suspects also believed to be working for secret services remained at large. Italian police worked with authorities in Britain, Romania and Switzerland and made the arrests overnight in several cities. The operation prevented tracer bullets, explosives from Eastern Europe and material for bombs from being sent to Iran, as well as 1,000 German-made rifle sights and 120 military diving jackets, police said.
WORLD
November 17, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Peruvian President Alan Garcia accused Chile of assaulting Peru's sovereignty, throwing his weight behind allegations that Chile paid a Peruvian military officer to spy. "These repulsive acts do not correspond to a democratic country and leave Chile in poor standing in the eyes of the world," Garcia told reporters at the presidential palace in Lima. Chilean Foreign Minister Mariano Fernandez denied the accusation, saying his government conducted a meticulous review and ruled out involvement of any Chilean state institution.
WORLD
November 17, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A group of Israeli soldiers disobeyed orders to help dismantle several structures that Jewish settlers had built without government authorization in the occupied West Bank. A military spokeswoman said two of the soldiers were immediately sent to prison for 30 days and permanently dismissed from command or combat positions. Several others were still under investigation. The mutiny at an outpost near the West Bank city of Hebron followed a similar incident last month that raised concern about rebellion in the ranks of soldiers opposed on religious or political grounds to any settler evacuation in a future peace deal with Palestinians.
WORLD
November 17, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
After one of Britain's longest-running hunts for a serial rapist, Scotland Yard detectives charged a 52-year-old man with a string of nearly a dozen assaults and burglaries. The man is accused of being the so-called Night Stalker, who broke into homes, disabled phone lines and crept into the bedrooms of his elderly victims for hours-long ordeals. Delroy Grant appeared in court charged with five counts of rape, six indecent assaults and 11 burglaries between 1992 and 2009. His lawyer did not ask for bail.
WORLD
November 17, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A U.N. appeals court overturned the conviction of the former Rwandan president's brother-in-law, who had been sentenced to 20 years for organizing a massacre that left about 1,000 dead during the 1994 genocide. The judge at the court in Arusha, Tanzania, said serious errors were committed in Protais Zigiranyirazo's 2008 conviction and sentencing and ordered him freed. Zigiranyirazo, 71, stood in disbelief. An estimated 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus were killed in Rwanda's genocide, which began after President Juvenal Habyarimana's plane was brought down in April 1994.
WORLD
November 17, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Rockets slammed into a market northeast of Kabul, killing 12 civilians but missing their presumed target: a meeting between France's top general in Afghanistan and dozens of tribal elders and senior local officials. The attack also wounded 38 people, 20 of them critically. The market was crowded with shoppers on bazaar day in Tagab, a sprawling town of mud-brick, fortress-like compounds and small fields along a river surrounded by the barren slopes and snowcapped peaks of the Hindu Kush mountain range.
WORLD
November 17, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, in Rome for a U.N. food summit, spent several hours in the company of 200 Italian women recruited by an agency and tried to convert them to Islam, Italian media reported. "Seeking 500 attractive girls between 18 and 35 years old, at least 1.70 meters [5 feet, 7 inches] tall, well-dressed but not in miniskirts or low-cut dresses," read the ad by the Hostessweb agency and quoted in Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper. About 200 women showed up at a Rome villa, having been told they would receive $90 and "some Libyan gifts."
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