Yale to establish Islamic law center

A Saudi businessman donated $10 million to Yale Law School to establish what school officials hope will become the country’s top center for the study of Islamic law. Donor Abdallah S. Kamel is chief executive of the Dallah Albaraka Group, a banking and real estate enterprise. Yale officials said the Abdallah S. Kamel Center for the Study of Islamic Law and Civilization reflects a growing interest in Islamic law and culture.



Police in Gray case to be tried in Baltimore

Six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a fatal spinal cord injury in police custody, will be tried in Baltimore. In making his decision to keep the trial in the city, Judge Barry G. Williams said that defense lawyers had not met the constitutional burden for relocating the trial. The city agreed this week to pay the Gray family $6.4 million to settle an expected lawsuit in his April death.

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Former Clinton aide refuses to testify

A former State Department employee who helped set up and maintain Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail server refused to testify to a House committee. Bryan Pagliano appeared briefly before a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks.



Arrest made in Missouri bomb plot

Joshua Goldberg of Orange Park, was accused of telling a federal informant to plant a bomb at a Kansas City, Mo., event commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.


Coalition escalates ground offensive

A Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite insurgents is escalating its ground offensive, amassing troops from several countries in recent weeks in a region that is within striking distance of the country’s rebel-held capital, Sanaa.



Warning of an imminent civil war

The leader of Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish political party, Selahattin Demirtas, warned that the country was on the verge of full-blown civil war between state forces and militant Kurdish separatists.


Annual celebration of hero turns bloody

The annual celebration of Afghanistan’s official national hero, Ahmed Shah Massoud, descended into violence and ethnic tensions as his armed supporters began marauding through the streets, officials said. At least two people were killed and at least five were wounded. Heavily armed young men — mostly from Massoud’s native Panjshir Valley — tried to attack neighborhoods belonging to rival ethnic groups. Massoud was a leader of the mujahedeen resistance against the Soviets and, later, the Taliban. He was the leader of the Northern Alliance at the time of his 2001 assassination.

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