Amnesty International Accuses Taliban of Murdering Thousands
In a press statement made Thursday, Amnesty International said that Afghanistan's fundamentalist Taliban regime "deliberately and systematically killed thousands of ethnic civilians" and may have murdered 10 Iranian diplomats and a journalist during their military takeover of the city of Mazar-i-Sharif last month.
Based on testimony from eyewitnesses and victims' families, Amnesty International concluded that victims were killed "deliberately and arbitrarily" and called for the Taliban to order their troops to uphold international humanitarian laws regarding the treatment of civilians in armed conflict. Foreign government were urged to "publicly condemn" the Taliban, to cease granting the Taliban economic or military support, and to pressure Taliban officials into releasing its ethnic prisoners.
Taliban spokesperson Abdul Wakil denied the accusations, which he claimed were politically motivated.
11/20/2014 Federal Appeals Court Rejects Priests for Life Challenge to Birth Control Coverage Rule - In a victory for women's health, a unanimous panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday rejected a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive coverage benefit brought by Priests for Life, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington and other religiously affiliated non-profit organizations.
Judge Nina Pillard, a former law professor who was nominated to the DC Circuit by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December, wrote the opinion for the Court, which found that the ACA birth control benefit did not substantially burden or violate non-profits' religious freedom.
Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance companies must cover the full cost of all FDA-approved contraceptives - including the pill, IUDs, and emergency contraception - without requiring co-pays or cost-sharing. . . .