The parents of 14-year-old Aarushi Talwar have been found guilty of her murder and that of family servant Hemraj Banjade. The couple, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar have been sentenced to life in prison for the double murder.
Aarushi was found at home with her throat slit and a serious head wound in May 2008; her parents initially tried to blame the servant, Banjade, but his body was found on the roof of the family home the very next day.
"Parents are the best protectors of their own children," Judge Shyam Lal said when reading his verdict. "That is the order of human nature but there have been freaks in the history of mankind where the father and mother become the killer of their own progeny." more >>
An 85-year-old Veteran on vacation in Asia has been detained by North Korea government officials since late October, according to his son who resides in California. The veteran's family and friends are calling his detention a terrible misunderstanding.
Merrill Newman, a tourist from Palo Alto, California, was just ending his nine-day visit to North Korea on October 26 when a uniformed North Korean soldier reportedly boarded Newman's departing flight and asked him to step off the plane. Newman's travel companion, Bob Hamrdla, said that's the last time the 85-year-old veteran of the Korean War was seen.
Newman's son, Jeffrey Newman, told the San Jose Mercury News that the day before his father was detained, the war veteran reportedly had a sit-down talk with North Korean officials regarding his service in the Korean War. Newman was reportedly unnerved by the conversation, but went along with his travel plans until the next day when he was escorted off the plane. The war took place from 1950 to 1953 between North and South Korea and ended in an armistice, not a peace treaty, so technically the two countries are still at war. more >>
WASHINGTON - Denial and amnesia are currently taking over the context of civil rights in this nation, according to Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter, Bernice King, who spoke to Latino leaders at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) Justice Summit to urge them to continue their fight against social injustices in their communities.
"You're talking about taking on some monumental things: immigration reform, poverty and human sex trafficking, and these things don't happen overnight," said King. "There has to be a commitment that shows you're in it for the long haul. You can't go weary because in due season, you're going to reap if you don't faint."
Her message culminated the summit that brought together Hispanic leaders from around the country to address the most prevalent issues that their churches and people face today. Immigration reform was a heavily discussed topic throughout the event and one that King took on to encourage pastors to raise their level of commitment for, while warning that their fight will continue to be a struggle until change occurs. more >>
The Young Conservatives group at the University of Texas-Austin is creating headlines with the invention of a new game entitled "Catch an Illegal Immigrant." The game has caused a great deal of debate about immigration, which is exactly what the group wants. Now, though, the chairman of the group has canceled the event due to the publicity and "uproar" of many.
Students at the University were supposed wear a label with the words "Illegal Immigrant" on it, and those participating in the game were invited to "catch" those students and bring them to the Young Conservatives' base. Anyone who did so would have received a $25 gift card as a reward.
Almost immediately, the group faced criticism and opposition for the game, and now Chairman Lorenzo Garcia has released a letter of apology and canceled the event. In his letter to the public, he noted that the $25 reward "was misguided" and said he only wanted to "get attention for the subject" of immigration and hopes that the publicity "will create debate among students." more >>
Migrant workers set to begin construction work on the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar stadiums are heavily exploited and treated like animals, human rights group Amnesty International revealed.
"It is simply inexcusable in one of the richest countries in the world, that so many migrant workers are being ruthlessly exploited, deprived of their pay and left struggling to survive," said Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International.
"Construction companies and the Qatari authorities alike are failing migrant workers. Employers in Qatar have displayed an appalling disregard for the basic human rights of migrant workers. Many are taking advantage of a permissive environment and lax enforcement of labor protections to exploit construction workers." more >>
Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the United Kingdom's first-ever Minister of Faith and also its first Muslim cabinet member, has demanded a greater international response to the religious persecution of Middle East Christians, specifically those in war-torn Syria. Warsi called religion-based segregation, discrimination and violence "the biggest challenge we face in this young century."
"Across the world, people are being singled out and hounded out simply for the faith they follow or the beliefs they hold," said Warsi, adding that various faiths "are falling victim to the new sectarianism that is breaking out across continents."
However, the U.K. politician, who also serves as Senior Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, went on to highlight Christianity, "a religion which is suffering particularly in the wake of changes to the Middle East." more >>