US sailors jailed for rape
Two US sailors who raped a woman in Okinawa in October last year, sparking island-wide anger, have been jailed for nine and 10 years, a report said. The Naha District Court said Christopher Browning, 24, should be jailed for 10 years, while Skyler Dozierwalker, 23, should serve nine years, Jiji Press reported. Earlier this week the two men had admitted the offense, which led to a nationwide nighttime curfew on all US military personnel in the nation. Despite the curfew, misconduct involving US servicemen, much of it drunken, has continued to fuel anti-US sentiment in communities with bases.
Attacks kill 26 people
Bombings in and around Baghdad, including two car bombs near a soccer field, killed at least 23 people on Thursday, while three people were shot dead in the north of the country, security and medical officials said. With the latest violence, more than 210 people were killed and over 550 wounded in attacks last month, according to security and medical sources.
Court rules against Dotcom
US prosecutors won a Wellington court victory yesterday in their battle to extradite Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and three colleagues accused of facilitating massive copyright fraud through the now-defunct online file-sharing site. The appeals court overturned an earlier ruling that would have allowed Dotcom and the others broad access to evidence in the case against them at the time of their extradition hearing, which is scheduled for August. The court ruled that extensive disclosure would bog down the process and that a summary of the US case would suffice.
Troops join joint exercises
Thousands of US troops converged on the nation yesterday for the start of annual joint military exercises, a report said, as tensions run high on the peninsula following North Korea’s third nuclear test. A joint air, ground and naval field training exercise known as Foal Eagle is to run until April 30, involving more than 10,000 US troops along with a far greater number of South Korean personnel. Separately, troops from both nations are to stage a computer-simulated drill named Key Resolve from March 11 to March 21. Pyongyang habitually denounces the drills as a rehearsal for invasion, but Seoul and Washington insist they are defensive in nature.
Vegas shooting suspect held
A multi-state manhunt came to an end when a self-described pimp was arrested near Los Angeles one week after a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting and spectacular, fiery crash that killed three people on Las Vegas’ main boulevard, police said. Ammar Harris, 26, surrendered on Thursday to police and federal agents, authorities said. Harris, whose Internet posts show him with fists full of money boasting of a high-rolling lifestyle with prostitutes, was the subject of a multi-state search after the Feb. 21 attack at a neon-lit intersection that is home to posh casino resorts. Court documents allege Harris was driving his black Range Rover SUV when he fired into a Maserati sports car, killing self-promoted rapper Kenneth Wayne Cherry Jr. The two men had argued minutes earlier in the valet area of an upmarket Las Vegas Strip resort.