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Fugitive who ditched monitoring bracelet won't face new charge in U.S.

SEATTLE - A fugitive sex offender from Canada who fled south of the border after removing his electronic monitoring bracelet will not face charges in the sexual assault of a teenage boy in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports prosecutors there say they don't have enough evidence to support the charges against Michael Sean Stanley. Seattle police arrested Stanley on Oct. 22 after a series of calls about noise in a west Seattle alley.

Fugitive who ditched monitoring bracelet won't face new charge in U.S.

SEATTLE - A fugitive sex offender from Canada who fled south of the border after removing his electronic monitoring bracelet will not face charges in the sexual assault of a teenage boy in Seattle. The Seattle Times reports prosecutors there say they don't have enough evidence to support the charges against Michael Sean Stanley. Seattle police arrested Stanley on Oct. 22 after a series of calls about noise in a west Seattle alley.

Venezuela expels Panama ambassador, three others

The Venezuelan government declared Panama's ambassador and three other diplomats "persona non grata" Thursday, saying they must leave the country within 48 hours, a Panamanian official said. Just a day after Caracas broke ties with Panama City, Panama's Deputy Foreign Minister Mayra Arosemena said "we received a note from the foreign ministry of Venezuela that was delivered to our embassy in which it declared four people working in our embassy as 'persona non grata.'" jjr/oh/jhb

U.S., China officials agree Ukraine's territorial integrity important

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China agrees with the United States that the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine must be respected in its dispute with Russia, the White House said in statement on Wednesday after top-level contacts between the two countries. China is treading a cautious path in the Ukraine dispute, withholding criticism of strategic partner Russia while adhering to its traditional policy of not interfering in the affairs of other countries.

Czech court allows extradition of man charged in California torture case

PRAGUE (Reuters) - A Czech court has ruled that a 35-year-old man can be extradited to the United States to face charges of abducting, torturing and cutting off the penis of a California owner of a medical marijuana dispensary. The man facing extradition, Hossein Nayeri, is one of four defendants who authorities say in October 2012 tried to force the dispensary owner to divulge the location of cash they mistakenly believed he had hidden in the desert.

Spain votes to curb trials of foreign atrocities

Lawmakers in Spain approved a bill Thursday that will curb courts' powers to probe cases of human rights abuses committed abroad, a practice that has irked some foreign capitals. The ruling party's proposal to limit the use of the doctrine of universal jurisdiction, which allows judges to try certain cases of crimes against humanity that took place in other countries, was passed by 180 votes to 137. Spain has pioneered the use of the doctrine since it was passed into national law in 1985.

Spanish lawmakers limit universal juridiction

Madrid, Feb 27 (EFE).- The lower house of Spain's Parliament on Thursday approved a bill proposed by the governing conservative Popular Party to sharply restrict Spanish courts' application of the principle of universal jurisdiction, which holds that courts in any country may act in cases involving crimes against humanity no matter where they are committed. The bill passed by a margin of 180-137. All of the "yes" votes were cast by PP legislators.

Spain votes to curb trials of foreign atrocities

Lawmakers in Spain approved a bill Thursday that will curb courts' powers to probe cases of human rights abuses committed abroad, a practice that has irked some foreign capitals. The ruling party's proposal to limit the use of the doctrine of universal jurisdiction, which allows judges to try certain cases of crimes against humanity that took place in other countries, was passed by 180 votes to 137. Spain has pioneered the use of the doctrine since it was passed into national law in 1985.

Spain parliament votes to curb trials of foreign atrocities

Lawmakers in Spain voted on Thursday in favour of a bill that will reduce the capacity of the country's courts to pursue cases of human rights abuses committed abroad. The bill curbing the use of universal jurisdiction, which allows judges to try certain cases of crimes against humanity that took place in other countries, was passed with 180 votes in favour and 137 votes against. gr/ds/mfp

Germany rejects Greek Jews' Nazi-era reparation claim

Germany on Wednesday rejected a fresh Nazi-era reparation claim by a Greek city's Jewish community but offered the group cooperation on future projects. "With regard to issues of reparations, there are no new developments and all these questions are answered," a German finance ministry spokesman told a press conference. The Jewish community of Thessaloniki said Tuesday it had sued Germany at the European Court of Human Rights for compensation over a forced ransom paid to Nazi occupation forces.
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