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In Iraq shootings, gov't says its case against a former Blackwater guard is in jeopardy

WASHINGTON - The government says its criminal case against a former Blackwater security guard is in jeopardy as a June 11 trial looms on charges stemming from the shootings of dozens of Iraqi citizens in an incident in Baghdad nearly seven years ago. Nicholas Slatten and three other former Blackwater guards are charged in the Sept. 16, 2007, killings of 14 Iraqi citizens and the wounding of 18 others.

Judge criticizes State Department over Blackwater shooting case

By Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday harshly criticized the U.S. State Department over its handling of a 2007 shooting in Baghdad involving Blackwater Worldwide security guards and asked the agency's watchdog to investigate problems that helped delay a related criminal case. The prosecution of the former guards, who were charged with manslaughter in the killing of 14 unarmed civilians, has dragged on for years amid problems with evidence.

Blackwater guards face new U.S. charges for Iraq shooting deaths

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States brought new manslaughter charges on Thursday against four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards for a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that prosecutors said killed 14 unarmed civilians. The shooting caused tension in U.S.-Iraqi relations and raised concerns about the U.S. government's use of private contractors, who were shielded from prosecution in Iraq.

‘Lucky’ Blackwater holds off Jumbo Plastic

Justin Chua notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to help Blackwater Sports hold off a pesky Jumbo Plastic side 72-69 Tuesday in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Blue Eagle Gym at the Ateneo de Manila University campus.Chua scored inside off a nice find by Allan Mangahas that gave the Elite a 71-65 cushion with only 43.6 seconds remaining.“We’re lucky that we won.

Iraq holds first hearing of detained French reporter

A French reporter held for two weeks for taking unauthorised photos in Baghdad appeared before an Iraqi judge for the first time Tuesday, looking dishevelled but in good health, an AFP journalist said. Nadir Dendoune, who also holds Australian and Algerian nationality, was arrested last month in the south of the capital for allegedly taking photos of security installations without a permit, and a judge is set to decide soon whether he should be released or charged with an offence.

Iraq holds first hearing of detained French reporter

A French reporter held for two weeks for taking unauthorised photos in Baghdad appeared before an Iraqi judge for the first time Tuesday, looking dishevelled but in good health, an AFP journalist said. Nadir Dendoune, who also holds Australian and Algerian nationality, was arrested last month in the south of the capital for allegedly taking photos of security installations without a permit, and a judge is set to decide soon whether he should be released or charged with an offence.
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