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Radical cleric Abu Hamza jailed for life by US court

Cleric gets life sentence in NYCRadical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri has been sentenced to life in prison by a court in New York for supporting terrorism.

He was convicted in May of multiple charges, including hostage-taking and plotting to set up a terrorism training camp in the US. His trial followed a lengthy extradition process from the UK.

During the sentencing, his lawyers asked the judge to take into account his missing hands and eye.


This Doctor Moved Her Clinic To The Middle Of The Ocean To Help Women Get Safe Abortions

Abortions at sea“How could we create a space in which the only permission a woman needs is her own?”

That’s the question Dr. Rebecca Gomperts poses at the beginning of Vessel, a new documentary that follows her work sailing around the world to teach women how to safely use abortion-inducing drugs. Nearly 15 years ago, Gomperts took to the sea in search of that space for the women who lack reproductive health options.


French Terror Suspects Dead at Both Locations, Officials Say

Terrorists deadThree French terror suspects are dead at two separate hostage standoff locations, according to the City Hall of Dammartin and the French ambassador to the U.S.

The hostage at Dammartin -- held by two Charlie Hebdo attack suspects -- is alive, the City Hall of Dammartin said. It was unclear how many of the hostages at the Paris supermarket survived, though some of them were seen fleeing the site.


Court to weigh overturning gay marriage bans in three southern states

Courrt weighs overturning ban on gay marriage in southern statesA federal appeals court is set on Friday to weigh whether to strike down same-sex marriage bans in the conservative southern states of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

A three-judge panel will hear arguments about gay marriage bans in the three states, setting up a possible decision that could allow gay marriages to go ahead.

The hearings before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit come as momentum builds nationwide to allow same-sex marriage, which is now legal in 36 states.


Islamic State group in Libya reportedly executes two Tunisian journalists

Tunisian journalists killed by ISISTwo journalists from Tunisia have reportedly been executed by an Islamic State group in Libya.

IS posted a photo online Thursday showing the journalists, Sofiene Chourabi and Nadhir Ktari, walking with an armed man who was clad in camouflage with a scarf over his face. A statement posted to jihadist websites claimed IS had "applied the law of Allah" against the two reporters, who IS said were involved in fighting religion and spreading corruption.


Nebraska court clears path of Keystone XL

Keystone pipelineIn a mixed decision, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled Friday the legal premise used to sanction the route for Keystone XL was permissible.

In a long awaited case on the route of the Keystone XL pipeline, the Nebraska Supreme Court cleared one of the remaining hurdles in a battle that began when TransCanada first applied to build the project more than six years ago.


Are some prisoners destined to be held in Guantánamo forever?

gitmo prisonersIndefinite detention without trial is illegal under international law, but that’s slim comfort for the 35 men being held at Guantánamo with no prospect of release or a day in court. (A further two dozen men remain in legal limbo, having been recommended for trial by a federal task force five years ago, but not yet charged.)

The 35 “forever prisoners” are men the U.S. deems too dangerous to release, but is reluctant to try in court. As law of war detainees, goes the official line in Washington, these men are not entitled to a trial.


Paris terror attacks: French police face two hostage situations - live updates

Hostage situations ParisBaroness Pauline Neville Jones, the former chair of the government’s joint intelligence committee, has said British security services and counter-terror police have planned for a twin-siege crisis like that under way in Paris.

“I’m sure that they will be looking at the potential for copycat activity and I think they will want to increase the visible presence of police on the ground,” she told Sky News.


US to send highest-level delegation to Havana as Cuba releases prisoners

Cuba releases prisonersThe US will send its highest-level delegation in decades to Havana later this month, for talks on migration and normalising relations between the countries after decades of cold war hostility.

The assistant secretary of state Roberta Jacobson, the top US diplomat for Latin America, will visit Cuba for the meetings on 21 and 22 January, which were originally scheduled to discuss migration but will now cover the re-establishment of diplomatic relations and formally reopening embassies in Washington and Havana.


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