June 25, 2019

European Court of Human Rights reaffirms that Amanda Knox’s rights were violated

Paula Lobo/ABC(NEW YORK) -- The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, announced Tuesday that a closed court hearing reaffirmed the court's January decision that Amanda Knox's defense rights had been violated in 2007 during police questioning about the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher. The court had ruled this January that Italy had to pay approximately $20,000 in damages and legal costs to Knox for failing to provide her with a lawyer or proper translator..
June 25, 2019

Pompeo makes surprise visit to Afghanistan ahead of next round of Taliban talks

JACQUELYN MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday, just days before the latest round of U.S. talks with the Taliban are set to begin. Pompeo said "real progress" has already been made, and he hopes to have an agreement by Sept. 1. But the security situation in the country is still so tenuous he had to travel in and out of the country in secret, and the Afghan government of President Ashraf Ghani has grown incre..
June 25, 2019

Duchess of Cambridge takes over from Queen Elizabeth as patron of The Royal Photographic Society

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, has picked up a new patronage that focuses on one of her favorite hobbies: photography. On Tuesday, the Royal Photographic Society announced that Kate, 37, was a patron. Queen Elizabeth II had previously held the role for 67 years. The Duchess of Cambridge is well-known for taking photos of her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The photos are released by Kensington Palace to mark special occas..
June 25, 2019

A German village bans together to ensure there is no beer for Neo-Nazis

BravissimoS/iStock(BERLIN) — An alcohol ban in the East German village of Ostritz ensured that Neo-Nazis attending the Schild und Schwert (Sword and Shield) festival would be starved of a favorite German concert-going beverage. A court near Dresden called for a ban on booze at the music event, saying the festival had an “aggressive character” and that alcohol would make violence more likely, according to Saxony police. The event is well-known for a genre called “Rechtsrock,” which has promoted f..