Law & Order

China grandfather defends petition to expel HIV-positive boy: report

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The grandfather of a Chinese HIV-positive boy has defended his support for a petition to banish him from their village, media reported Saturday, in a case that has sparked intense soul-searching in China. SBS Some 200 residents – including the eight-year-old’s own grandfather – signed a petition to expel him from their village in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, in a ... Read More »

Post Sydney siege idea over gun laws is absurd

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Editorial If the government cannot protect individual Australians from evil acts of the sort that occurred at Sydney’s Martin Place on Monday, then it ought not to stand in the way of a rational discussion about the practical right to self-defence, Senate crossbencher David Leyonhjelm said on Thursday. The liberalisation of Australia’s gun laws, for that is what Senator Leyonhjelm ... Read More »

Mosque’s land in Istanbul to return to Greek-origin citizen

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A precious plot on Istanbul’s Anatolian side, where a mosque is now located, has been returned to the 92-year-old sole heir of former Fener Greek Patriarch Maximus V, daily Milliyet reported on Dec. 18. Hurriyet Turkey’s Supreme Court of Appeals approved the decision to return the area, located in the Kadıköy district near the shores of the Marmara Sea, to ... Read More »

Time for debate on tougher bail is over

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TOUGHER bail laws will apply across NSW from next January, when the state government’s new bail legislation finally comes into effect. This is not soon enough. Following Man Haron Monis’s Martin Place siege, which resulted in the tragic deaths of two innocent people, there is now an overwhelming case for the immediate introduction of tougher bail laws. The Daily Telegraph ... Read More »

Judge throws out teen’s murder conviction 70 years after his execution

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When George Stinney Jr. was executed for the killings of two white girls in 1944, he was so small that the straps of South Carolina’s electric chairdidn’t fit him properly, and he had to sit on a book for his electrocution. The Washington Post – Sarah Larimer * Stinney was just 14 years old at the time and became the youngest person ... Read More »

ICC chief prosecutor shelves Darfur war crimes probe

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Fatou Bensouda prompts triumphant response from Sudanese president and concerns over viability of Hague-based institution The Guardian – David Smith, Africa correspondent The war crimes investigation in Sudan’s Darfur region had already been stagnant for five years when the international criminal court formally suspended it last week, a lawyer representing the victims has claimed. Chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced on Friday ... Read More »

When the Art Is Watching You


Museums are mining detailed information from visitors, raising questions about the use of Big Data in the arts – The Wall Streer Journal - ELLEN GAMERMAN - COMMENTS One morning last week, a team of experts at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum searched for hidden spots in the rotunda to conceal tiny electronic transmitters. The devices will enable the museum ... Read More »

Jihadist cases stretch German justice to the limit: Prosecutor

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Germany’s justice system is struggling to cope with waves of suspected jihadists returning from Syria and the speed at which young Muslims are being radicalised, the top public prosecutor said on Dec. 11. KARLSRUHE – Reuters / Hurriyet Federal Prosecutor General Harald Range said his office was  investigating 46 of the most serious cases, involving 83 people suspected of offences ... Read More »

The State Where Giving Birth Can Be Criminal

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Tennessee is arresting new mothers for having used drugs in pregnancy—but in a cruel Catch-22, many can’t get the treatment they need. Rosa Goldensohn and Rachael Levy At around midnight on November 13, Tonya Martin slipped out into the yard that separated her trailer from the one in which her grandparents live on a lot in the eastern hills of ... Read More »