Acts of torture

January 21, 2020 - 1:40 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruling Tuesday is expected to end a 15-year-old legal fight in the U.S. over whether a Chinese television official incited torture in his country against members of the banned Falun Gong spiritual movement. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit...
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January 16, 2020 - 11:12 am
PANAMA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors in Panama said Thursday they have found the corpses of six children and one adult in a clandestine burial pit where a religious sect was found torturing indigenous people in exorcism rituals. Prosecutors said the dead minors found in the pit ranged in age from one to...
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January 02, 2020 - 12:01 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A United Nations official says the continued incarceration of former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning for her refusal to testify to a grand jury amounts to torture. Nils Melzer, the U.N.'s special rapporteur on torture, released the letter to U.S. officials in support of...
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October 29, 2019 - 8:07 am
BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Tuesday they have charged two suspected former members of Syria's secret police with crimes against humanity in a case that human rights campaigners say marks a major step in the fight to hold to account Syrian officials responsible for atrocities in the...
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This 2013 photo provided by Rena Sapp shows her sister, Veronica Abouchuk, when the two had a fun day shopping in Anchorage, Alaska. Sapp on Monday, Oct. 19, 2019, attended the arraignment of Brian Steven Smith, who is accused of killing Abouchuk and dumping her body on a highway outside Anchorage. (Photo by Rena Sapp via AP)
October 21, 2019 - 10:34 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The suspect in a torture killing in Alaska's biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled "Homicide at midtown Marriott" that contained video of the dying woman. Then came an even more innocuous blunder: He spoke on the...
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Rena Sapp, outside a courtroom Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska, shows a photo of her sister, Veronica Abouchuk, taken during a day out shopping in 2013. Sapp attended the arraignment of Brian Steven Smith, who is accused of killing Abouchuk. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
October 21, 2019 - 9:51 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The suspect in a torture killing in Alaska's biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled "Homicide at midtown Marriott" that contained video of the dying woman. Then came an even more innocuous blunder: He spoke on the...
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Brian Steven Smith, second from left, is escorted out of a courtroom in Anchorage, Alaska, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Smith has pleaded not guilty to 14 charges stemming from the deaths of two Alaska Native women. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
October 21, 2019 - 8:58 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The suspect in a torture killing in Alaska's biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled "Homicide at midtown Marriott" that contained video of the dying woman. Then came an even more innocuous blunder: He spoke on the...
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Brian Steven Smith, second from left, is escorted out of a courtroom in Anchorage, Alaska, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Smith has pleaded not guilty to 14 charges stemming from the deaths of two Alaska Native women. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
October 21, 2019 - 8:49 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The suspect in a torture killing in Alaska's biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled "Homicide at midtown Marriott" that contained video of the dying woman. Then came an even more innocuous blunder: He spoke on the...
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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2019 file photo, Brian Steven Smith attends his arraignment on a charge of first-degree murder in Anchorage, Alaska. Losing a digital memory card that contained photos and videos of a horrendous killing may have been careless, but what led police to charge Smith was something he had no control over whatsoever: His South African accent. (Loren Holmes/Anchorage Daily News via AP, File)
October 21, 2019 - 9:43 am
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The suspect in a brutal torture killing in Alaska's biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled "Homicide at midtown Marriott" that contained video of the dying woman. Then came an even more innocuous blunder: He spoke on...
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In this photo taken Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, Yonas Yeshanew, who resigned as Ethiopian Airline's chief engineer this summer and is seeking asylum in the U.S., listens to a reporter's question during an interview in Seattle area. Yeshanew says in a whistleblower complaint filed with regulators that the carrier went into the maintenance records on a Boeing 737 Max jet a day after it crashed this year, a breach he contends was part of a pattern of corruption that included fabricating documents, signing off on shoddy repairs and even beating those who got out of line. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
October 07, 2019 - 11:34 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Ethiopian Airlines' former chief engineer says in a whistleblower complaint filed with regulators that the carrier went into the maintenance records on a Boeing 737 Max jet a day after it crashed this year, a breach he contends was part of a pattern of corruption that included...
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