A judge has ruled after a two-day hearing that a man charged with shooting a sheriff’s deputy in Escambia County, Florida will not be permitted to use the state’s Stand Your Ground law in an attempt to dismiss those charges.
Civil rights attorneys at the American Civil Liberties Union have filed an appeal with a federal court asking the judge to outlaw the National Security Agency’s collection of phone metadata after another court deemed the method of surveillance legal.
Protests against the self-proclaimed government in Kiev continue in eastern regions of Ukraine. Thousands-strong gatherings in Donetsk and Lugansk are rallying in support of the Russian language and holding a referendum on the federalization of Ukraine.
Russia’s Investigative Committee initiated a criminal case against notorious Ukrainian nationalist, Aleksandr Muzychko. The Ukrainian is accused of torturing and murdering at least 20 captured Russian soldiers as he fought alongside the Chechen militants.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have announced withdrawal of respective ambassadors to Qatar over its failure to implement an agreement between Gulf monarchies not to interfere in each other’s internal affairs.
Russian senators are going to ask President Vladimir Putin to consider recalling Moscow’s Ambassador to the US following President Barack Obama’s “aggressive” comments on the situation in Ukraine, the speaker of the chamber said.