World Bulletin / News Desk
The next hearing for five Guantanamo prisoners charged with plotting the Sept. 11 attacks has been postponed for two weeks to allow the defendants to observe the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The chief judge in the Guantanamo war crimes tribunals, Army Colonel James Pohl, granted the delay on Monday for suspects.
"“Today, the military commission rescheduled its next hearing from August 8-12 to August 22-26 to accommodate a defense request to avoid hearings during the last 10 days of Ramadan," said defense attorney James Connell, who represents Mohammed's nephew, defendant Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, also known as Ammar al Baluchi.
The five were arraigned at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in May and their next hearing had already been postponed from June because of scheduling conflicts among the defense lawyers.
Pretrial hearings are scheduled to resume on Tuesday in another death penalty case at Guantanamo - that of Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, an alleged al Qaeda chieftain accused of helping orchestrate a deadly attack on a U.S. warship off Yemen in 2000.
Nashiri's hearing had been scheduled to run through Friday but has been cut short by a day, also because of Ramadan, the month when Muslims fast during daylight hours.
Snowden said that his revelations of government spying on private communications have resulted in protections that have benefited the public and global society.
Amardeep Singh, a spokesman for the Sikh Coalition, said the Pentagon had so far been unwilling to firmly commit to taking people whose religion included dress and grooming requirements.
Activists said Syrian government authorities released 15 women activists who had been held on terrorism charges at the sprawling Adra prison on the outskirts of Damascus
In the Black Sea, across the water from the Crimean Peninsula where Russian military groups have seized control, a U.S. navy destroyer will take part in manoeuvres with Romanian and Bulgarian warships.
The State Department said Kerry told Lavrov Washington wanted Moscow to cease its military advances in Ukraine, stop its drive to annex Crimea and end "provocative steps."
Saudi Arabia recently ratified an anti-terrorism law that rights campaigners have criticised as a tool to stifle dissent.
An official source expressed the kingdom's "disapproval and surprise at the Iraqi prime minister's hostile and irresponsible comments".
Shabaab leader Ahmed Godane, also known as Mukhtar Abu al-Zubayr, said Mogadishu's Western-backed government and Ethiopia were acting at the behest of the United States and would be defeated.
The death of Gisela Rubilar, 47, who was studying in the western Venezuelan city of Merida, brought to at least 21 the total number of fatalities in five weeks of demonstrations
The U.N. experts expressed concern in their report about violations of the arms embargo by "non-notified" deliveries of arms to government forces and transfers of weapons to the private market
Sweden has experienced several racist attacks in recent months, including an attack on an anti-racist march, swastika graffiti at a school with Jewish pupils and Nazi signs daubed on a mosque
Brigadier General Jamil Zeidan died in hospital after unidentified assailants shot him in Ain El-Hilweh, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon
Moldova, an ex-Soviet republic wedged between Ukraine and Romania, with a population of about 4 million, is planning to sign a landmark trade deal with the European Union
Working conditions in the $22 billion industry have been under scrutiny since the April, 2013 collapse of Rana Plaza in which more than 1,100 workers were killed
About 150 people marched from Sofia University to the parliament building in downtown Sofia and submitted more than 560,000 signatures to parliament calling for the referendum
Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham had conveyed an official warning to the Austrian embassy in Tehran over the "unplanned meeting," IRNA said, without elaborating.