January 4th, 2012
01:08 AM ET

Prosecutors to resume their case in Hosni Mubarak's trial

Prosecutors are scheduled to continue their case Wednesday in the trial of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who is accused of ordering protesters killed during the country's uprising last year.

The former president also faces corruption charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors started presenting their case Tuesday with their opening statements.

"Mubarak is a tyrant who aimed to hand the rule to his younger son Gamal, who promoted corruption in Egypt, allowing his friends and relatives to destroy the country without accountability," Suleiman told the court, according to Khaled Abu Bakr, a civil rights lawyer involved in the trial.


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January 4th, 2012
12:50 AM ET

Maldives' top court to rule on spa ban

The Supreme Court of the Maldives is expected to rule Wednesday on whether resorts and hotels in the popular tourist destination can continue to sell spa treatments, alcohol and pork.
The court's involvement stems from an acrimonious showdown between the government and opposition parties over Islam's role in the governing of the nation, an archipelago of almost 1,200 coral islands south-southeast of India.
After calls by opposition groups for a stricter imposition of Islamic values - including a clampdown on massage parlors in  parts of the country - the Tourism Ministry last week banned the use of spas across the nation, whose population consists of about 350,000 Muslims.

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January 4th, 2012
12:49 AM ET

Texas officials suspend Warren Jeffs' phone privileges

Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs' phone privileges have been suspended, as investigators look into whether he preached from prison, authorities said Tuesday.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced last week that it had initiated an investigation into claims that Jeffs used the phone to preach to his congregation on Christmas Day.

Records show that Jeffs made two phone calls on Christmas Day, said Jason Clark, a Criminal Justice Department spokesman, who declined to identify the people who lost their phone privileges with Jeffs.

"It would be a violation of the rules if the person called were to place the call on speaker phone or record the conversation. The Office of Inspector General has asked us to suspend the accounts of certain individuals on his calling list while they continue to investigate," said Clark.

Texas inmates are allowed to call as many as 10 people who have registered with the offender phone system vendor. Calls can be up to 15 minutes in length, and offenders are limited to 240 minutes of phone time per month. All calls are recorded and monitored except those between an inmate and his attorney.

Jeffs remains isolated in protective custody in the state's Powledge Unit prison facility near Palestine, Texas.

"He has no cellmate. No prison job. And the only time he leaves it (his cell) is for a shower and recreation," Clark said.

Jeffs, the leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is serving a life-plus-20-year term in Texas for sexual assault. He was convicted in early August of the aggravated sexual assaults of a 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl that Jeffs claimed were his "spiritual wives."

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January 4th, 2012
12:46 AM ET

Perry to return to Texas to reassess candidacy

Following a disappointing projected fifth place finish in the Iowa caucuses, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he'll return to Texas Wednesday to reassess his candidacy.

"With the voters' decision tonight in Iowa, I decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight's caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself in this race," he told supporters late Tuesday night at his Iowa headquarters in West Des Moines.

Earlier Tuesday, Perry had vowed to carry on campaigning if he finished poorly in Iowa, saying that results from the nation's first Republican nominating contest wouldn't be the be-all end-all in the presidential election.

He had planned to head to South Carolina on Wednesday to campaign.

But, Tuesday night with his family standing beside him, Perry said he would figure out "the best path forward" with a "little prayer and reflection."

Perry surged to the top of the GOP presidential pack when he jumped into the race mid-August but quickly saw his numbers fall in the polls after a series of uneven debate performances and gaffes.

Leading up to the caucuses, Perry was competing for the fourth spot in several major polls.

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January 4th, 2012
12:44 AM ET

Suspect in Indiana girl's slaying to appear in court

A man accused of killing a 9-year-old Indiana girl with a brick and dismembering her body with a hacksaw is scheduled to appear in court at 9:30 a.m. ET Wednesday for an initial hearing.

Michael Plumadore, 39, faces one count each of murder, abuse of a corpse and moving a body from the scene of crime in the killing of Aliahna Lemmon.

If convicted, Plumadore faces 45 to 65 years on the murder charge alone.

In a probable cause affidavit released last week week, Indiana investigators said Plumadore admitted repeatedly striking the girl in the head with a brick as she stood on the front steps of his mobile home in the early hours of December 22.

Plumador was babysitting Aliahna at the time.

He also told authorities he stored Aliahna's body in garbage bags in a freezer at his home until that night, when he allegedly dismembered it with a hacksaw.

According to the affidavit, Plumadore told investigators he threw parts of the body in a nearby commercial trash bin but kept the head, hands and feet in his freezer.

Authorities have not disclosed a motive for the killing.

Amber Story, the girl's grandmother, had described Plumadore as a neighbor and close family friend.

She said Aliahna and her two sisters were staying with Plumadore for about a week while Aliahna's mother recovered from the flu.

The court hearing wil take place at the Allen County Superior Court.

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