Mikhail Khodorkovsky is greeted by German hospitality and gingerbread

After 10 years in a Russian gulag, Mikhail Khodorkovsky tells of the ‘unbelievable feeling of freedom’ as he is reunited with his family in a Berlin hotel Berlin’s Hotel Adlon, which overlooks the Brandenburg Gate and is sandwiched protectively between the US and British embassies, knows how to welcome its guests the traditional German Christmas … Continue reading

Octogenarian nun awaits sentence for protest break-in at US nuclear plant

Megan Rice was charged with sabotage for breaking into Y-12 facility at Oak Ridge, Tennessee On Monday morning, four days short of her 84th birthday, Sister Megan Rice ate a hearty breakfast of pancakes and oatmeal at the ungodly hour of 4.30am in Knox county jail, Knoxville, Tennessee. Rice, a white-haired Catholic nun and anti-nuclear … Continue reading

SAC: federal grand jury indicts hedge fund for insider trading

Federal grand jury indictment alleges that SAC maintained elite group that has traded on insider information since 1999 A federal grand jury has indicted SAC Capital, the embattled hedge fund that has been pursued by financial authorities for years, for insider trading after regulators failed to charge its powerful founder, Steven A Cohen. The US … Continue reading

NSA surveillance critics to testify before Congress

Democrat congressman Alan Grayson says hearing will help to stop ‘constant misleading information’ from intelligence chiefs Congress will hear testimony from critics of the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices for the first time since the whistleblower Edward Snowden’s explosive leaks were made public. Democrat congressman Alan Grayson, who is leading a bipartisan group of congressman … Continue reading

Spain train crash: rail investigators recover ‘black boxes’

Train driver Francisco Jos Garz n, 52, arrested Black box data crucial in finding out why train was speeding Seventy-eight killed in crash near Santiago de Compostela The black boxes from the high-speed train that hurtled off the tracks in north-west Spain have been recovered from the wreckage and handed to investigators, officials say. The … Continue reading

Mali election: thousands of displaced people face exclusion from vote

Majority of Malians who fled war in the north fail to receive voters’ cards, leaving them without a voice in Sunday’s polls The vast majority of the half a million people who have fled the war in northern Mali will be excluded from voting in Sunday’s presidential election. The polls are being held to replace … Continue reading

Spain train crash: attention focuses on driver, Francisco José Garzón

News agency reports Garz n telling emergency services: ‘I hope there are no dead – they will be on my conscience. I want to die’ Several Spanish rail experts have voiced the opinion that mere negligence cannot explain Wednesday night’s crash: that the “black boxes” recovered from the train will show that a technical fault … Continue reading

Bradley Manning defence gives closing arguments in WikiLeaks case

Manning’s attorney David Coombs told supporters on Thursday ‘tomorrow, you’re going to hear what the truth sounds like’ The defense was summing up its case on Friday in the court martial of Bradley Manning, the US army private who sent hundreds of thousands of US government documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks. Manning’s civilian defense … Continue reading

Italy arrests 51 in Ostia anti-mafia raids

Police operation in coastal suburb near capital is described as one of the biggest ever anti-mafia sweeps in Rome area As temperatures soar to around 40C this weekend, thousands of Romans will flock to nearby beaches to roast in the sun, play on the slot machines and dance in sticky seaside nightclubs. They will not … Continue reading

Ariel Castro pleads guilty over Ohio abductions to avoid death penatly

Ohio man – charged with 997 counts including kidnap and rape – agrees deal with prosecuctors that will spare him death penalty A man accused of abducting three woman and holding them captive at his Ohio home for a decade pleaded guilty to multiple charges on Friday, as part of a plea deal that spared … Continue reading

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