US Supreme Court strikes down Florida death sentence process

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, Jan 12 : Florida’s death penalty sentencing process violates the constitutional rights of criminal defendants by granting judges powers that juries should wield, the US Supreme Court ruled today, siding with a man convicted of murdering a fried-chicken restaurant manager. The court’s 8-1 decision means death row inmate Timothy Hurst, 37, […]

UN war crimes investigators gathering testimony from starving Syrian town

By Lisa Barrington and Stephanie Nebehay BEIRUT/GENEVA, Jan 12 : Residents of a besieged Syrian town have told UN investigators how the weakest in their midst, deprived of food and medicines in violation of international law, are suffering starvation and death, the top UN war crimes investigator told Reuters today. An aid convoy yesterday brought […]

Suicide bomber kills 10 people, mainly Germans, in Istanbul

By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL, Jan 12 : A suicide bomber thought to have crossed recently from Syria killed at least 10 people, most of them German tourists, in Istanbul’s historic heart today, in an attack Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu blamed on Islamic State. All of those killed in Sultanahmet square, near the Blue Mosque […]

US helping Ukraine investigate power grid hack

By Dustin Volz and Jim Finkle WASHINGTON, Jan 12 : The US Department of Homeland Security said today it was helping Ukraine investigate an apparent attack last month on the country’s power grid that caused a blackout for 80,000 customers. Experts have widely described the December 23 incident at western Ukraine’s Prykarpattyaoblenergo utility as the […]

NATO cannot limit missile defences to please Russia, US says

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS, Jan 12 : NATO allies cannot agree to Russian demands to limit their missile defences because of the threat posed by North Korea, a senior US State Department official said today. North Korea’s claim last week to have tested a hydrogen bomb, which would represent an advance in its capability to […]