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Stories with subject: Acts of torture
  • Recaptured jail inmate says he never intended to harm anyone 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 5:52 pm

    SANTA ANA, California - The suspected mastermind of a three-man escape from a Southern California jail says he never intended to harm anyone during his eight days on the run.

  • Final arguments wrapped in Habre trial; verdict in May 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 4:28 pm

    DAKAR, Senegal - The lawyers for former Chad dictator Hissene Habre closed their final statements Thursday by dismissing the credibility of testimony and reports that placed direct blame on the leader for the deaths of thousands during his rule.

  • Man pleads guilty to torturing, abusing stepdaughters 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 4:28 am

    NORTH ANDOVER, Massachusetts - A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to charges he tortured and abused his stepdaughters over a five-year period.

  • Report charges Thai government ignores torture allegations 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 10:59 am

    BANGKOK - A group of human rights organizations in southern Thailand said in a report Wednesday that complaints of torture by security forces have not been addressed by authorities.

  • South Africa to prosecute 4 apartheid-era cops for murder 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 3:46 pm

    JOHANNESBURG - The body of a young anti-apartheid activist who was kidnapped and tortured in 1983 by South African police has never been found, her family never able to mourn at a grave, her killers not sent to prison.

  • Italy urges Egypt to help find who tortured, killed student story has photos
    Updated: Feb-08-16 1:51 pm

    ROME - Italy kept pressure on Egypt Monday to cooperate in finding who tortured and murdered an Italian student doing research in Cairo, insisting it wouldn't accept convenient answers in the case.

  • Man sent to prison for 'torture' of teen who stole his gun 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 1:26 am

    LYNDEN, Washington - A Whatcom County man accused of torturing a teen who stole his gun and fired it at a park has been sentenced to one year in prison.

  • Man convicted in jewelry store worker kidnap gets 30 years 
    Updated: Feb-05-16 3:26 pm

    PHILADELPHIA - One of three men convicted of kidnapping and torturing a Philadelphia jewelry store worker before dumping her in a cemetery in an attempt to get the shop's security codes has been sentenced to more than 30 years in prison.

  • The Latest: Assange hails 'victory' from embassy balcony story has photos
    Updated: Feb-05-16 12:06 pm

    GENEVA - The Latest on the U.N. panel's determination that Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained (all times local):

  • US appeals panel lets stand ruling in Somali torture claim 
    Updated: Feb-01-16 4:51 pm

    RICHMOND, Virginia - A federal appeals court in Virginia has affirmed a judge's decision to dismiss one count in a Somali farmer's lawsuit against a former officer who he says tortured him in his homeland.

  • 'Mastermind' of California jail escape has long past 
    Updated: Jan-29-16 12:01 am

    SANTA ANA, California - The alleged mastermind of a brazen California jail break was a small-town paint store manager fresh out of the Marines when his life changed with a car accident. That accident killed his friend and sent him into a spiral culminating with his arrest on charges he tortured and mutilated a man, then left him to die in the desert.

  • Michigan couple accused of starving of girl, 5, stand trial 
    Updated: Jan-21-16 8:51 am

    PORT HURON, Michigan - A trial is taking placed for a Michigan couple accused of abusing, torturing and starving the man's 5-year-old daughter to death.

  • Ugandan rebel appearing before judges at pretrial hearing story has photos
    Updated: Jan-21-16 6:59 am

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Fugitive warlord Joseph Kony's feared militia deliberately targeted civilians in its conflict with Ugandan government forces, murdering indiscriminately, abducting children to turn into killers "steeped in blood," forcing girls and women into "marriages" with fighters and even ordering cannibalism, an International Criminal Court prosecutor said Thursday.

  • Dad takes plea deal in Detroit boy-in-basement case 
    Updated: Jan-19-16 3:10 pm

    DETROIT - A Detroit man whose missing son was found in the basement after a highly publicized 11-day search pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor child abuse, closing a case that began more than 18 months with torture allegations involving a plastic pipe.