Amanda Knox Convicted Of Murder, Again
Amanda Knox Convicted Of Murder, Again
South Africa Says Committed to Good Relations With Nigeria After Diplomats Recalled
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That was Stephanie Kercher, the sister of Meredith Kercher, the former roommate of Amanda Knox who was killed in 2007. An Italian court today has found Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, guilty of murder over the death of Kercher. Amanda and Raffaele were convicted of murder back in 2007, but the charges were overturned in an appeal in 2011. She returned to her native Seattle following the trial and has refused to return to Italy throughout the new process. Amanda will likely not have to serve her 28 1/2-year sentence as the United States may not grant extradition due to double jeopardy. However, either way, Amanda and Raffaele's attorneys will have 90 days to appeal the new court's decision.
South Africa remains committed to maintaining friendly relations with Nigeria after Abuja recalled its ambassador to Pretoria in the wake of attacks on immigrants, the department of international relations said on Sunday. Acting High Commissioner Martin Cobham and Deputy High Commissioner Uche Ajulu-Okeke were asked to return to Nigeria for consultations in the latest sign of African countries' discontent over South Africa's handling of attacks on foreigners. At least seven people have been killed over the last month in a wave of anti-immigrant violence centered on areas of Durban and Johannesburg. Nigeria is the only country to have recalled its ambassador, the department of international relations said in a statement.
One Ukrainian serviceman was killed and seven servicemen were wounded in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the past 24 hours in eastern Ukraine, Ukraine's military said on Sunday. Spokeman Oleksander Motuzyanyk said the separatists had stepped up their attacks against government forces in violation of a February ceasefire and were using large-caliber artillery which both sides are committed to pulling back from the conflict area.
Human Rights Watch said on Sunday, the trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, deposed by the army and sentenced to 20 years in jail, was "badly flawed" and appears to have been politically motivated. A court on April 21 convicted Mursi and 12 other Muslim Brotherhood members of violence, kidnapping and torture over the deaths of protesters in 2012.
Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev went to the poll on Sunday to give himself another term in office. But the 74 year-old leader won't need to wait for the results to be published. He never does. The “Leader of the Nation” as he's officially known in Kazakhstan, has been ruling the central Asian republic since before it won independence in 1991. He's never allowed real opposition to raise its head, he crushed any critical media outlets, and even made it illegal to insult him or his family. In recent years he's nourished a cult of personality around him and has become identified with the state itself. Those measures helped him secure his rule, but it seems he also genuinely popular, because unlike other post-Soviet republics in Central Asia, he managed to secure economic and social stability. So, although there are supposedly two opponents running against him in today's election, the true question is just how overwhelming his majority will be. Last time, by the way, it was 96 percent.
A powerful 6.7 aftershock rocked Nepal on Sunday, adding to the misery of the Himalayan nation in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake that had struck a day earlier. More the 2,150 people were confirmed dead on Sunday from the initial earthquake, but many are still buried under the rubble, and it is feared that more have been killed in today's tremor. Throughout the city, rescuers are digging desperately with their bare hands, trying to get to survivors, while residents and tourists are forced to remain outside, and are starting to run out of water and food. The situation in the valley outside the city is even worse. Many roads are completely blocked, some towns and villages can't be accessed and local authorities believe some have been buried under giant mudslides. More casualties are feared in the Himalayas as well, after today's aftershock triggered new avalanches. Hundreds of climbers are now stranded on the mountains, and efforts are being made to rescue them.
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