Thursday, 27 March 2014

Egypt Prosecutor Orders New Mass Trials of 919

(CAIRO) — Egypt’s state news agency says the country’s chief prosecutor has ordered two new mass trials for 919 suspected Islamists on charges that include murder.

The new trials will be held in Minya province, south of Cairo, where a judge this week sentenced 529 defendants to death on charges of killing a police officer during an attack on a police station last summer. The verdict sparked international criticism.

In one of the new trials announced Wednesday, 715 defendants, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s top leader Mohammed Badie, are charged with killing six people and attempted murder of 51 others during attacks on state institutions on Aug. 14.

In the second trial, 204 defendants, also including Badie, face charges of inciting violence.

A court will set a date for the trials.

Judge: State Execution Law Unconstitutional

(OKLAHOMA CITY) — An Oklahoma judge has ruled that the state’s execution law is unconstitutional because it doesn’t allow inmates access to the court system.

Under Oklahoma law, no one may disclose the source of drugs used in executions — even if an inmate sues and wants the information as part of the discovery process. Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish said Monday that provision violates due process rights guaranteed in the Constitution.

Inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner sued the state last month. They want to know whether the drugs to be used at their executions next month are pure and that they wouldn’t suffer before dying.

Lockett is scheduled to die April 22. Warner’s execution is April 29.

A separate court is considering stay requests from the men.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Study: E-Cigarettes Do Not Help People Quit Smoking

Public health experts continue to debate whether e-cigarettes are a better option than smoking tobacco, or just an alternative way for smokers to inhale nicotine

A new, but relatively small, study suggests that e-cigarettes do not help smokers quit or reduce their use of conventional cigarettes.

The study, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine looked

Will Sanctions Work Against Russia?


You’d think that the U.S. and Europe could apply some pretty heavy economic pressure on Russia. After all, the European Union is Russia’s largest trading partner and source of foreign investment, and right now, the country can ill afford any threat to that economic lifeline. The Russian economy, a member of the once high-flying BRICs, clocked meager 1.3% growth in 2013

China Demands Malaysian Satellite Data on Plane

(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) — China demanded that Malaysia turn over the satellite data used to conclude that a Malaysia Airlines jetliner had crashed in the southern Indian Ocean killing everyone on board, as gale-force winds and heavy rain on Tuesday halted the search for any remains of the plane