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Montana bride who pushed husband off cliff appeals 30-year sentence

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A Montana bride who pleaded guilty to pushing her husband off a cliff to his death at Glacier National Park is appealing her prison sentence, arguing the judge improperly denied her request to withdraw her plea after a deal with prosecutors unraveled. Jordan Graham, 22, was sentenced last month to 30 years in prison by a federal judge after he rejected her move to rescind a guilty plea to second-degree murder that she took to avoid a mandatory life sentence if convicted of first-degree murder.

Ex-city officials in California accept plea deal in corruption case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Five former elected officials from the scandal-plagued California city of Bell pleaded no contest on Wednesday to corruption charges, as cases wind to a close against a number of officials found to have stolen nearly $11 million from the working-class community, prosecutors said. The five former city council members were convicted last year of five counts of misappropriation of public funds and acquitted of five other counts of the same charge. But jurors had deadlocked on a few other charges.

Arizona mother who left baby on top of car gets probation

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A Phoenix mother who left her baby in a safety seat on the roof of her car as she drove home from a friend's house was sentenced on Wednesday to 16 years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to child abuse and driving under the influence of marijuana. Catalina Clouser, 21, faces three months in jail if she fails to successfully complete her probation in connection with the 2012 incident, said Vincent Funari, a spokesman for Maricopa County Superior Court said.

Swaziland's top judge orders re-arrest of freed editor

A Swaziland editor facing charges of contempt was re-arrested on Wednesday after the country's top judge appealed an earlier ruling to set him free. Bheki Makhubu, editor of The Nation, and his columnist colleague Thulani Maseko were initially released from custody on Sunday after a High Court judge overturned their arrest. Judge Mumcy Dlamini ruled that a warrant for their arrest on March 18 was not in line with the law, setting them free.

Swaziland's top judge orders re-arrest of freed editor

A Swaziland editor facing charges of contempt was re-arrested on Wednesday after the country's top judge appealed an earlier ruling to set him free. Bheki Makhubu, editor of The Nation, and his columnist colleague Thulani Maseko were initially released from custody on Sunday after a High Court judge overturned their arrest. Judge Mumcy Dlamini ruled that a warrant for their arrest on March 18 was not in line with the law, setting them free.

France 'joins Rwandan people' in honouring genocide victims

France said Monday it joined with the Rwandan people in honouring the victims of the 1994 genocide, despite a diplomatic row with Kigali. "France joins with the Rwandan people to honour the memories of all victims of the genocide," the French presidency said in a statement. mm/ach/cc

France 'joins Rwandan people' in honouring genocide victims

France said Monday it joined with the Rwandan people in honouring the victims of the 1994 genocide, despite a diplomatic row with Kigali. "France joins with the Rwandan people to honour the memories of all victims of the genocide," the French presidency said in a statement. "The Rwandan genocide was one of the worst atrocities of our time. It was committed while the world watched and was unable to prevent it," the statement said.

French ambassador barred from Rwanda genocide commemorations

The French ambassador to Rwanda said Monday he has been barred from attending events marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide, amid a major diplomatic row surrounding France's controversial role in the events of 1994. "Yesterday night the Rwandan foreign ministry telephoned to inform me that I was no longer accredited for the ceremonies," the French ambassador, Michel Flesch, told AFP. bur-hv-sas/dh

Ban says 'shame still clings' to UN over Rwanda genocide

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that the world body was still wracked by shame over its failure to act against the genocide in Rwanda 20 years ago. "Many United Nations personnel and others showed remarkable bravery. But we could have done much more. We should have done much more. In Rwanda, troops were withdrawn when they were most needed," Ban said in a speech at commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide.

Ban says 'shame still clings' to UN over Rwanda genocide

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that the world body was still wracked by shame over its failure to act against the genocide in Rwanda 20 years ago. "Many United Nations personnel and others showed remarkable bravery. But we could have done much more. We should have done much more. In Rwanda, troops were withdrawn when they were most needed," Ban said in a speech at commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide.
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