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World - China exonerates man executed in 1995 for rape and murder

China`s highest legal body on Friday exonerated a 21-year-old executed in 1995 following a conviction of rape and murder, saying the evidence against him had been insufficient. Nie Shubin was found guilty 21 years ago of raping and killing a woman in the city of Shijiazhuang in China`s northern province of Hebei. 27, 1995 after a provincial court upheld the decision, in an appeal against his conviction by a city court.

Friday, December 02, 2016  07:04


World - Turkey detains adviser to main opposition party chairman in post-coup probe: Hurriyet

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish authorities on Tuesday detained an adviser to the head of the main opposition party over suspected links to the July coup, the Hurriyet newspaper said, the first time someone close to the senior ranks of the secular opposition has been targeted. Fatih Gursul was detained on suspicion of having used the ByLock smartphone messaging app, Hurriyet said. The government says ByLock was used as a communication tool by supporters of the Muslim cleric whom it blames for the failed putsch. ...

Tuesday, December 06, 2016  11:46


World - Golden Netanyahu statue put up secretly as protest

A four-metre-high golden statue of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was raised secretly in a Tel Aviv square in a free speech protest Tuesday, sparking political debate and online humour. It was put up overnight illegally in the centre of the Israeli commercial capital in a square named after former premier Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated in 1995 by a Jewish extremist. Israeli artist Itay Zalait claimed responsibility, saying he wanted to spark a debate on freedom of speech by replicating the kind of statue erected by dictatorial regimes.

Tuesday, December 06, 2016  15:44


World - Bosnian Serb commander Mladic central to Srebrenica genocide: prosecutors

By Stephanie van den Berg THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic was a central figure in the 1995 massacre of thousands of Muslims from Srebrenica, prosecutors said on Monday in closing arguments in his genocide trial. Rather than the `marginalized figure` his defense attorney made him out to be, Mladic helped orchestrate the killings, prosecutor Alan Tieger told judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). `Mladic walked into Srebrenica and vowed that the time had come to take revenge on the Turks,` Tieger said.

Monday, December 05, 2016  11:45


World - Ratko Mladic: the `Butcher of Bosnia` whose trial nears end

Ratko Mladic, whose war crimes trial reaches a climax next week, is a former Serb army commander whose brutish leadership during Bosnia`s 1990s conflict was blamed for the worst atrocities in Europe since World War II. Closing arguments in his protracted UN war crimes trial at The Hague begin on Monday, with families of the victims in Bosnia`s 1992-95 conflict waiting anxiously for its completion. The wartime Bosnian Serb military chief, who has been dogged by health problems in detention, will long be associated with the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in a campaign of ethnic cleansing.

Friday, December 02, 2016  09:52


World - China court finds man executed 21 years ago innocent

China`s top court on Friday cleared a man executed 21 years ago for murder -- more than a decade after another man confessed to the killing -- in the latest miscarriage of justice in the Communist-ruled country. Nie Shubin was 20 years old when he faced a firing squad in 1995, two days after being convicted of rape and murder. `The Supreme People`s Court believes that the facts used in the original trial were unclear and the evidence insufficient, and so changes the original sentence to one of innocence,” it said in a statement on a verified social media account.

Friday, December 02, 2016  08:44


Sports - MLB and players reach new five-year deal

Major League Baseball and its players association agreed on a new collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday, beating a midnight deadline to ensure five more years of labor peace. The deal, which must still be ratified by owners and players, would extend through 2021, MLB said in a statement, adding that both parties `continue to draft the entirety of the agreement`. Baseball saw eight work stoppages in the prior 24 years, including the damaging 232-day players` strike that wiped out the 1994 World Series and delayed the start of the 1995 season.

Thursday, December 01, 2016  05:39

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