Sudanese government forces systematically raped and beat at least 221 women and girls in a series of organized door-to-door attacks in Darfur last year, a leading human rights watchdog group announced on Wednesday.
In releasing a 48-page report, Human Rights Watch detailed how Sudanese army troops went from house to house in the North Darfur town of Tabit last October and raped over 221 civilian girls and women in just a 36-hour timespan.
"The deliberate attack on Tabit and the mass rape of the town's women and girls is a new low in the catalog of atrocities in Darfur," Human Rights Watch Africa Director Daniel Bekele told reporters. more >>
Craig Hicks, the atheist accused of killing three Muslim students in North Carolina on Tuesday, is said to be a devoted follower of prominent British atheist, Richard Dawkins. Although Hicks' wife insists that the brutal killings were not hate crimes, anti-religious sentiment on his Facebook page suggests otherwise.
The 46-year-old Chapel Hill resident was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of first-degree murder following the deaths of newlywed couple Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. All three were shot in the head at a condominium complex near the University of North Carolina campus following a parking dispute.
As police continue to investigate the possibility of a hate crime, Hicks' atheist beliefs – as seen in various posts on his alleged Facebook page – have fueled concerns amongst the victims' loved ones that anti-religious views may have precipitated the shootings. more >>
Real life "American Sniper" widow Taya Kyle broke down in tears while testifying about her late husband, Chris Kyle, in a Texas court on Wednesday during the trial of his accused killer, Eddie Ray Routh.
The 40-year-old mother of two took to the stand for an hour and 10 minutes dressed in a fitted brown dress and matching shawl with a diamond crucifix around her neck. Routh, who sat across from the emotional widow, is accused of fatally shooting Chris and his friend Chad Littlefield at a gun range on Feb. 2, 2013 and Taya answered questions about that fateful day, reported ABC News.
"We said we loved each other and gave each other a hug and kissed," Taya said recalling the moment her husband unknowingly said goodbye for the last time. more >>
A 19-year-old West Virginia woman has been charged with the first-degree murder of 69-year-old Ronald Browning, a hospital chaplain and pastor.
"I would have to say this is one of the most disturbing cases I've seen," Detective Morgan Bragg told NBC News. "We've yet to determine a true logical motive for what was done."
Camille Brown was arrested by police on Sunday night and charged with murder on Monday morning. Her victim was Browning, a hospital chaplain and the victim of a home invasion. Brown entered the chaplain's home and beat him to death before fleeing. His wife found him dead later that day, and police received a report of a break-in the following day. Brown was found in the second home, taken to the hospital before appearing in court. She allegedly confessed to murdering "a man with gray hair." more >>
Police say the brutal shooting deaths of three Muslim students in North Carolina on Tuesday may have been motivated by an ongoing dispute with a neighbor over parking.
Chapel Hill resident Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was arrested yesterday and charged with three counts of first-degree murder following the deaths of newlywed couple Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19. All three were shot in the head at a condominium complex near the University of North Carolina campus.
While a preliminary investigation suggests that an argument over parking may have precipitated the shooting, police continue to investigate and they have not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime. more >>
A Maryland Episcopal Bishop Suffragan has been indicted by a grand jury on 13 counts stemming from a fatal hit-and-run accident from late last year.
Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook was indicted last week by a Baltimore-based grand jury, which alleges that the clergy fatally struck a bicyclist with her car last December.
Since facing charges of hit-and-run, new charges have been added to the indictment, according to Mary Frances Schjonberg of Episcopal News Service. more >>