New Israeli documentary looks at bizarre world of Israeli law in West Bank, other parts of future Palestinian state
When Israel 50 years ago occupied the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and other parts of land that Palestinians hope will be their own state, they quickly implemented a series of laws to govern the land. Those laws were expected to be temporary, but decades later they persist, and they've amounted to a bizarre, and sometimes contradictory, system.
Government investigators are zeroing in on a once-little known financial index known as the London Interbank Offered Rate, or Libor. Allegations have been made that banks manipulated the rate and may have cheated governments, investors and even small businesses out of money.
A 267-page report released Thursday by a former FBI director revealed that former football coach Joe Paterno and his superiors knew of and may have even covered up evidence of sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky.
Thomas Lubanga was arrested in 2006 for recruiting child soldiers into his rebel militia in Congo's northeast region. On Tuesday, the International Criminal court sentenced him to 14 years in prison for his crimes, the tribunal's first sentencing in its 10-year existence.
The city of Stockton, Cal., is facing a $26 million budget deficit amid rising crime and foreclosure rates. Unable to reach an agreement with its creditors, the city has voted to file for bankruptcy, in what will be the largest city bankruptcy filing in U.S. history.
South Africa's tribal courts have a long history of deciding disputes among the nation's people, particularly in rural areas. But critics say they also have a long history of discrimination and corruption. Now there's a movement to bring those courts into the mainstream court system, while also reforming them.
The witness testimony in the trial of accused child sex offender and former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky has brought up an important question. Why didn't the witnesses report what they saw? Psychologist Mindy Mitnick and business ethicist Max Bazerman say misinformation and denial play an important role.
In Egypt, sexual harassment has become a common problem. And it's a problem that officials aren't doing anything about. It's even infected the heart of the revolution, Tahrir Square, where even a protest rally against sexual harassment ended in a number of women being attacked.
In 2005, Rev. Oliver White of Grace Community United Church announced his support for gay marriage. Two-thirds of his congregation left the church. The congregants left with their money, and in 2007, White was forced to take out a loan to keep the church afloat. The church now owes $200,000, and is at risk of closing its doors.
Middleborough, Mass., has had a law against using "unsavory language" in public places for almost 50 years. But up until this week, it took as much as 12 hours of a police officer's time to hand out a single ticket. But that changed this week, and it should now be easier for a police officer to hand out a $20 ticket for swearing.