morsi frees editor who insulted him
Wielding his extensive legislative powers for the first time, President Mohammed Morsi on Thursday outlawed the pretrial detention of people accused of press crimes, effectively freeing one of his toughest critics. Newspaper editor Islam Afifi faces charges that include insulting the president and disturbing the public order for articles and editorials that appeared in Al-Dustour. He was released from custody Thursday night, pending trial in September.
Raid cracks down on neo-Nazis
German authorities banned three neo-Nazi groups and raided dozens of members' homes and meeting places Thursday in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia in an effort to break up an aggressive network of far-right extremists. About 900 police officers carried out the raids, confiscating weapons, computers and other materials, including posters from the National Democratic Party, officials said. No arrests were made, but authorities said they could follow once the seized materials are examined.
Panel to look into miners' shootings
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma appointed a panel of judges Thursday to investigate the events that led up to the police shooting that killed 34 miners on strike at a platinum mine last week. The killings, which followed a week of violent protests by miners demanding that their wages be sharply increased, stunned South Africa. The panel will be able to subpoena witnesses and refer cases for prosecution.
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Rodney King death ruled accidental
Rodney King was drinking and on drugs when he plunged into a swimming pool and drowned in June, a coroner's report released Thursday concluded. The report confirmed a previous police conclusion that King died by accident, and the case will be closed, Rialto police Capt. Randy DeAnda said. King's videotaped beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 led to deadly rioting.
NASA posts new Mars landing video
Viewers can now relive the drama of the Curiosity rover's landing on Mars with a new NASA video detailing the final moments of touchdown. The space agency Thursday posted the video on its website embedded with audio from mission control. Curiosity is the first spacecraft to record a landing on another planet. The six-wheel rover arrived Aug. 5 on a two-year mission to examine whether the Martian environment was hospitable for microbial life.