A Christian pastor accused of blasphemy was shot dead by police in a Pakistani jail in Rawalpindi. A persecution watchdog group has said this is the latest incident of blasphemy laws being used to commit human rights violations.
"This is a barbaric act," Xavier Williams of Life for All told The Express Tribune. "There had been threats. The court should have instructed police to ensure Bhatti's safety."
Zafar Bhatti had been imprisoned at Adiyala jail since 2012, The Express Tribune reported. His 70-year-old cellmate, Muhammad Asghar, who has a history of mental illness, was wounded in the shooting attack. Asghar has also been accused of blasphemy in the heavily Muslim country. The men had been receiving death threats both from guards and fellow prisoners. more >>
The center of the Roman Catholic Church has put a defrocked archbishop under house arrest, pending his criminal trial over accusations of sexual abuse.
Vatican City officials placed 66-year-old Jozef Wesolowski, former ambassador of the Holy See and archbishop, under house arrest due to the city-state lacking a proper jailhouse.
"It is the first time the Vatican will hold a criminal trial on charges of child sexual abuse, and it comes as Pope Francis has been trying to set a new tone of rigorous attention in the long-running abuse scandal," reported the New York Times. more >>
Joran Van der Sloot's pregnant wife has broken her silence about marrying a convicted murderer, who she insists is "not a monster," but a loving man looking forward to the birth of his first child.
Leidy Figueroa fell in love with Van der Sloot during a trip to visit another inmate. The couple continued speaking and eventually got engaged, then married … all behind prison bars in Peru. Van der Sloot was convicted of murdering Stephany Flores in 2010 and is serving a 28-year sentence. He is also a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of American high school student Natalee Holloway.
"Many people judge Joran and criticize him, saying he is a monster and an assassin, but when you get to know him, you know he is different," Figueroa told MailOnline. "I want to show he's not a monster. He's changed a lot—he's a gentle, sensitive, kind person and I love him. I know he has killed, but he is now paying for what he did. He is asking God for forgiveness and praying every day." more >>
Weeks have now passed since black teen Michael Brown was killed by white police officer Darren Wilson in the small town of Ferguson, Missouri. That night, a candlelight vigil to honor Brown became violent, with looting and vandalizing of local businesses resulting in several arrests.
Over the next days, numerous outsiders, from national media organizations to groups such as the New Black Panther Party and the Ku Klux Klan, descended on Ferguson. Chaos escalated, and Governor Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore calm. The Justice Department is conducting an ongoing investigation into the Ferguson police force for possible misconduct and discrimination in Brown's death.
Although we are still learning more about the events surrounding Brown's death, in the aftermath there is much we can learn about our country's health as it relates to the issue of race. more >>
One of Osama Bin Laden's sons-in-law and trusted propaganda officials was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday by a New York federal judge after being found guilty in March of conspiring to kill Americans and providing support to terrorists.
Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was convicted on terrorism charges by a Manhattan federal jury for providing material support to the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, which his father-in-law so famously founded. Abu Ghaith is the highest ranking al-Qaeda member to ever stand trial in U.S. federal court.
Abu Ghaith, originally from Kuwait, is most notable for being the spokesman for al-Qaeda in the time period after the 9/11 attacks. Additionally, he founded an Islamic charity front called Al Wafa which the U.S. government believes served as a key fundraiser for al-Qaeda. more >>
"Modern Family" star Sarah Hyland was granted a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend after testifying that she was the victim of domestic violence.
Hyland, 23, obtained the court order on Friday, Sept. 19 after alleging that ex-boyfriend Matt Prokop, 24, shoved her against a car, choked her and threatened her life. In another incident, Hyland said that she had gone to costar Julie Bowen for help in dealing with Prokop. Bowen reportedly intervened in order to help "peacefully end the relationship," TMZ reported.