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Hong Kong housewife jailed for six years for abusing young Indonesian maid

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> A Hong Kong housewife has been sentenced to six years in prison for abusing a young Indonesian worker she kept prisoner in her home.<p>In delivering her sentence, the judge said 44-year-old Law Wan-tung was a bully who showed contempt for those beneath her.<p>Earlier this month, the …

Egypt: Ex-ruler Hosni Mubarak, accused in deaths of hundreds, cleared of charges

Egypt's former longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak was cleared of charges in a retrial Saturday and could soon be released -- a stunning reversal for a man who faced life imprisonment or worse after a revolution toppled him in 2011.<p>A Cairo judge dismissed charges linking Mubarak to the deaths of hundreds …

Where is Kim Jong-un? Speculation about North Korean leader intensifies

From a debilitating battle with gout, to house arrest and outright regime collapse, speculation over the reason behind Kim Jong-un’s lengthy absence from public life is intensifying as North Korea prepares to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of its ruling party on Friday.<p>Theories about the …

'I Couldn't Smell, and Then I Died'

A fading ability to identify scents is a sign that life's end may be near.<p>This week surgeons at the University of Chicago found that the strength of a person's ability to identify odors is an eerily excellent predictor of impending death. If and when your sense of smell fades, it seems, your risk …

How to Steal Things, Exploit People, and Avoid All Responsibility

The case for reparations: a narrative bibliography<p>I started this narrative bibliography for "The Case for Reparations" back in June, but, regrettably, I didn't finish the final section before I left for the summer. Some time has passed but I think it is very important that, as much as possible, I …

FBI wants help identifying ISIS jihadist in execution video

The FBI on Tuesday asked for the public's help in identifying an English-speaking militant who appeared to help execute Syrian soldiers in an ISIS recruitment video released last month.<p>In the 55-minute video titled "Flames of War," the jihadist switches from classical Arabic to perfect English with …

U.S. hard-liners missing point on Iran (Opinion) - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: Daniel Brumberg is a special adviser at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington and co-director of Democracy and Governance Studies at Georgetown University. The views expressed are his alone.</i><p><b>(CNN)</b> -- As the November 24 deadline for a deal over Iran's nuclear program …

Hong Kong in crisis: Does former colonial ruler have any responsibility?

The world has been watching events unfold in Hong Kong in recent weeks, after tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets to occupy key locations in the heart of this financial hub.<p>Much of the international reaction has been supportive of the protesters' aims. Foreign …

Spain ramps up Ebola response; Norwegian tests positive in Sierra Leone

Four more potential cases of Ebola were under observation Tuesday in Spain, health authorities said Tuesday, a day after a nurse's assistant became the first person known to have contracted the deadly virus outside Africa in the current outbreak.<p>The woman helped treat two Spanish missionaries, both …

Piracy feared as Vietnamese oil tanker vanishes off Singapore

Vietnamese authorities are searching for an oil tanker feared to have been taken by pirates just 40 minutes after it departed Singapore for Vietnam almost one week ago.<p>The Sunrise 689 was carrying 18 crew and 5,200 tonnes of oil when it left Singapore's Horizon port on October 2, according to the …

India's Prime Minister Is A Control Freak

Now he has taken things a step further by launching an electronic surveillance system that will track whether 100,000 government officials are showing up for work on time.<p>Not only is Big Brother watching the 'babus', as India's pen pushers are known, but the public can also keep track of them …

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