June 25, 2019

US-led Palestinian economic workshop opens to rejection, indifference

Brian Ach/Getty Images for TIME(WASHINGTON) -- A U.S.-backed Palestinian economic workshop began in Bahrain Tuesday evening with no Palestinian or Israeli participation, facing rejection or indifference across much of the Middle East. Palestinian leadership had decided against participating in the Peace to Prosperity workshop in Bahrain's capital, Manama, where Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, is scheduled to present an economic proposal to help solve the Isra..
June 25, 2019

Guide murdered alongside American doctor had trouble with a local gang, police say

Courtesy Carilion Clinic(NEW YORK) -- An American doctor was murdered in Belize in what local authorities are saying was a shooting involving a member of a gang. Dr. Gary Swank was found dead Sunday alongside a local tour guide, identified by local authorities as Mario Graniel. Chester Williams, the commissioner of police in Belize, said that Swank was a victim of circumstance. Williams said the tour guide "had a misunderstanding with one of the notorious gang figures in San Pedro" and that his ..
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..