Washington, D.C.

Obama criticizes Keystone pipeline

President Obama criticized the Keystone XL pipeline as a boon to Canadian oil producers that gives short-shrift to American workers, saying the U.S. should focus on backing domestic energy projects. In his first comments on the pipeline since vetoing a bill meant to force Keystone construction, Obama said the U.S. should focus on "American infrastructure for American jobs for American producers." He spoke in an interview with WDAY TV in Fargo, N.D.


'American Sniper' shooter to appeal

Lawyers for Eddie Ray Routh, the former Marine sentenced to life in prison for murdering Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle, plan to ask a state appeals court to overturn the jury's guilty verdict. Routh's attorneys will argue that the movie's publicity and Kyle's celebrity prevented a fair trial.


Unarmed man was shot in the back

An independent autopsy of an unarmed man killed by police found that Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, was shot seven times, with at least two wounds on the back of his body. Police had said that no bullets struck from behind.


10 injured, one killed in Giza bombings

Six small bombs exploded in Cairo's Giza district, killing one person and wounding 10 others. The attack is the latest in a campaign waged by Islamist militants since the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013.

South Korea

Criminal adultery law struck down

South Korea's Constitutional Court struck down a 62-year-old law that made adultery an offense punishable by up to two years in prison, citing the country's changing sexual mores and a growing emphasis on individual rights. "It has become difficult to say that there is a consensus on whether adultery should be punished as a criminal offense," five of the court's nine justices said in a joint opinion. "It should be left to the free will and love of people to decide whether to maintain marriage, and the matter should not be externally forced through a criminal code." An estimated 53,000 South Koreans have been indicted under the law since the authorities began keeping count in 1985. But in recent years, it has been increasingly rare for defendants to go to prison, in part because courts have demanded stronger proof that sexual intercourse had taken place. The law had been challenged four previous times since 1990.

News services