December 25, 2014 |
Thirty-five years after she broke out of a New Jersey prison, Joanne Chesimard is at the center of the debate over President Obama's move to reestablish relations with Cuba. Chesimard, who was convicted of fatally shooting a state trooper following a traffic stop on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973, turned up in Cuba in the 1980s after escaping from a women's correctional facility where she was serving a life sentence. A Black Liberation Army member who now is known as Assata Shakur and is said to be the step-aunt and godmother of the slain rapper Tupac Shakur, Chesimard, now 67, is thought to be living in Cuba, according to the FBI, which put her on its Most Wanted Terrorists list in 2013.
July 18, 2013 |
MOSCOW - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday submitted a request for temporary asylum in Russia, his lawyer said, claiming he faces persecution from the U.S. government and could face torture or death. WikiLeaks, the secret-spilling site that has been advising Snowden, and Russia's Federal Migration Service both confirmed the application request. The service is required by law to consider the application within three months, but could do it faster. Snowden, who revealed details of a U.S. intelligence program to monitor Internet activity, argued in his application that the reason he needs asylum is "he faces persecution by the U.S. government and he fears for his life and safety, fears that he could be subjected to torture and capital punishment," lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said on Rossiya 24 television.
June 24, 2012 |
LONDON - Ecuador's embassy in London said Saturday that ambassador Anna Alban was traveling to her country's capital to brief President Rafael Correa on the bizarre request for political asylum made by Wikileaks chief Julian Assange. Assange took refuge inside the embassy on Tuesday and remains camped out in an office there after his legal options ran out for avoiding extradition from Britain to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning for alleged sex crimes. Correa, Ecuador's leftist president, has said his government is considering Assange's request, but has not indicated when a decision will be made.
June 21, 2012
Ecuador: Assange seeking asylum QUITO, Ecuador - Embattled WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange took refuge Tuesday in Ecuador's embassy in London and is seeking political asylum, the South American nation's foreign minister said. Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said the government of President Rafael Correa was weighing the request. He did not indicate when a decision might be made. The move comes less than a week after Britain's Supreme Court rejected Assange's bid to reopen his attempts to block extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning after two women accused him of sexual misconduct during a visit to the country in mid-2010.
January 29, 2012 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - More Afghans fled the country and sought asylum abroad in 2011 than in any other year since the start of the decadelong war, suggesting that many are looking for their own exit strategy as international troops prepare to withdraw. From January to November, more than 30,000 Afghans applied for political asylum worldwide, a 25 percent increase over the same period the previous year and more than triple the level of just four years ago, according to U.N. statistics obtained by the Associated Press ahead of their scheduled publication later this year.
January 21, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is engaged in an intensive effort with embattled Yemeni strongman Ali Abdullah Saleh to find him a new home, preferably not in the United States, U.S. officials say, so that his violence-wracked homeland can proceed with a transition to democracy. President Obama's counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, is leading the diplomatic effort, which appeared to gain steam this week when Saleh sought out U.S. Ambassador Gerald Feierstein in the capital, San'a, to discuss where he could go. The meeting was held shortly after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called out Saleh for not living up to his commitments to leave Yemen and allow elections to end his 34-year dictatorship, the officials said Thursday.
September 1, 2011 |
A mother was arrested and charged with stabbing her son and daughter to death in the city's Point Breeze section late Wednesday afternoon, police said. An 8-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were pronounced dead by medics at 5:25 inside a first-floor apartment in the 1700 block of South 18th Street, police said. Police took the mother, whose name was not released, to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for a psychiatric evaluation, said Chief Inspector Scott Small.
September 1, 2011 |
A woman who allegedly stabbed her 8-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter to death was released from a hospital this morning and turned over to police to face murder charges. Police identified her as Chanthy Mao, 27, a recent immigrant from Cambodia. Mao was taken to Police Headquarters this morning after undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She was ordered held without bail this afternoon at a preliminary hearing on two counts of murder in the slayings of her son Savann and daughter Savanna inside their home on the 1700 block of South 18th Street in South Philadelphia's Point Breeze section.
May 26, 2010 |
While wondering whether the Flyers can complete their improbable run, it's time to empty out the mailbag . . . - Frank Frank, Agreed. Some fans get upset when people are late to the party or end up crashing the event. That sort of attitude ruins everyone's good time - including those who showed up early. The Flyers have treated the city to quite a bash, and it's not over yet. People should relax and enjoy the scene. (I think I saw Ed Snider in the other room with a plate of pigs in a blanket.
November 1, 2009 |
On the day she died, Lisa Baird, an immigration lawyer, called an immigration officer. Though weak and woozy, she left a detailed message carefully spelling out her client's name. When her brother Jonathan protested that she shouldn't exert herself, she said: "You don't understand. If this guy gets deported, his life is over. " Ms. Baird, 56, of Mount Airy, died of breast cancer Oct. 21. at her mother's home in Wynnewood. "Lisa used her expertise to the great benefit of a marginalized and often despised group," said Jonathan Baird, also a lawyer.