Appeal in Baltimore officer’s murder trial to be heard in March

By Ian Simpson Undated, Jan 12 : A Maryland appeals court today set March 4 for arguments over whether a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of a black detainee must testify against a colleague accused of murder in the same case. The scheduling by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals could disrupt the […]

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, […]

Gold down on stronger US dollar, global economic strength

Chicago, Jan 13 : Gold futures on the COMEX division of the New York Mercantile Exchange fell on Monday as the US dollar showed strength and global markets improved. The most active gold contract for February delivery fell 11 US dollars, or 1 percent, to settle at $1,085.20 per ounce. The precious metal came under […]

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 […]