UN urges torture inquiry after Indonesia police put snake on West Papua boy

By Helen Davidson Expert panel says incident shows the ‘deeply entrenched discrimination and racism’ faced by Papuans Indonesian police who used a large snake to terrorise a handcuffed boy is reflective of “a widespread pattern of violence” against indigenous West Papuans, a United Nations panel of experts has said, calling for investigations into numerous cases…

Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged in Florida prostitution sting

Kraft, 77, a billionaire businessman who built the Patriots into the National Football League’s most dominant franchise, was swept up in a police sting targeting sex-trafficking in day spas and massage parlors in several Florida counties. Kraft, who lives in Massachusetts but owns property in Palm Beach, Florida, is accused of visiting Orchids of Asia…

State of emergency declared in Sudan by under-fire president

By Reuters in Khartoum and Associated Press in Cairo Clashes between police and protesters break out as Omar al-Bashir announces measures Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, has appointed a new prime minister, but left the country’s current defence, foreign and justice ministers in place following a declaration of a one-year state of emergency. Just hours after…

Australian woman dies while snowboarding in Canada

By Staff and agencies The 42-year-old entered closed zone at Whistler Blackcomb resort, reportedly causing an avalanche An Australian woman has died while snowboarding at the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in Canada. The 42-year-old, from New South Wales, died after entering a permanently closed zone on Thursday in the area above Lakeside Bowl on Blackcomb…