INTERNATIONAL LAW

Gaddafi defies protesters, vows to stay in power

In a bizarre, rambling speech on state TV, Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi refused to resign despite massive anti-government demonstrations tearing across his country demanding an end to his four decades of authoritarian rule.

Pakistan vows to keep U.S. prisoner safe

Pakistan said on Monday it was taking steps to keep a U.S. consulate worker, imprisoned in a local jail for shooting two Pakistanis, safe from harm in a case that has unleashed a diplomatic storm.

Tunisia wants to try Ben Ali; seeks extradition

Even as speculation swirled over the critical illness, and possibly death, of the deposed ruler Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, the interim government of Tunisia has asked Saudi Arabia to extradite him.

How Internet censorship works in China

The 'Provisions on News Information Services', which was issued in 2005, states that the purpose of news websites is not to inform the public of the facts, but instead to “serve socialism” and to “safeguard the nation’s interests and the public interest.”

Boy suicide bomber kills 31 at Pakistan army centre

A 12-year-old boy in a school uniform blew himself up at a Pakistani army recruitment centre on Thursday, killing 31 cadets, officials said, in an attack that challenges government assertions that it has weakened militants.

Suu Kyi party urges West to keep Myanmar sanctions

The party of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi recommended on Monday maintaining Western sanctions on the country, saying the embargoes affected the military regime and not the broader population.

UK police arrest WikiLeaks backers for Web attacks

British police arrested five young men on Thursday as they and U.S. authorities conducted searches as part of a probe into Internet activists who carried out cyber attacks against groups they viewed as enemies of the WikiLeaks website.

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Book accuses US, Swiss of nuclear cover-up

The CIA persuaded Switzerland to destroy millions of pages of evidence showing how a Pakistani scientist helped Iran, Libya and North Korea acquire sensitive nuclear technology, according to a new book.
A general view of the building where Kenneth Starr resides in New York and (inset) Kenneth Starr and Diane Passage

Former law firm partner charged with helping Starr operate Ponzi scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Jonathan Bristol, a former law firm partner, with aiding and abetting Kenneth Ira Starr's Ponzi scheme by allowing Starr to use his attorney trust accounts as conduits for transferring the funds stolen from Starr's clients to Starr and his two companies for personal use.
George Canellos, Director of the SEC's New York Regional Office, speaks  in New York, March 2, 2010.

Lawyer charged in investment scam

The lawyer for indicted former financial adviser Kenneth Starr was himself charged today for assisting in Starr's multi-million dollar fraud, the Securities and Exchange Commission said.
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