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Foreigners face tougher sentences in US courts WASHINGTON: Foreigners in federal courts in the United States face harsher penalties and are more likely to be convicted than US citizens, a study released Wednesday found.According to the study in the American Sociological Review, 96 percent of convicted non-US citizens received a prison sentence in 2008, compared to 85 percent of US citizens."This is a major issue given that the number of non-US citizens sentenced in US federal courts increased nearly five-fold over the past two decades," said Michael Light, an assistant sociology professor at Purdue University and the study's lead author.Researchers analysed US federal district court data from 1992-2008 for the study.In a statement, Light said a sentencing penalty exists for non-US citizens and found that in 2008, they received between two and four months additional prison time compared to US citizens. Researchers accounted for factors such as criminal history or the seriousness of the offense.The issue is ...

Top skiers Auclair, Fransson killed in Chile SANTIAGO: The bodies of two of the world's top skiers, Andreas Fransson of Sweden and Canada's JP Auclair, were found Tuesday after they were reported missing in an avalanche in the Andes, authorities said.Extreme skiers Fransson, 31, and Auclair, 37, were swept away by the avalanche Monday while climbing Monte San Lorenzo, a peak on the border of Chile and Argentina, local Chilean Emergency Office (ONEMI) officials said.The skiers were working on a documentary in ...
Man arrested in Ethiopian embassy shooting in Washington WASHINGTON: US Secret Service agents arrested a man after he fired a gun outside the Ethiopian embassy in Washington on Monday, US media reported. Video shown by Ethiopian television ESAT shows a man standing by the embassy compound and brandishing what appears to be a handgun. Several people are heard yelling and seen trying to approach the man when a gunshot rings out.Local media said no one was injured. A State Department spokeswoman said a ...
Opposition politician shot dead in Acapulco ACAPULCO: A state leader of Mexico's opposition conservative party was shot dead Sunday by unidentified gunmen in a waterfront restaurant in the resort of Acapulco, prosecutors said.Braulio Zaragoza, head of the National Action Party in Guerrero state, was shot three times in the back by the three assassins at the restaurant of the cliffside El Mirador hotel, Guerrero state prosecutors said.The national leader of the National Action Party (PAN), Gustavo Madero, condemned the killing and ...
Dozens of students missing after Mexican protest crackdown ACAPULCO: Mexican authorities searched Sunday for 58 students who went missing after protests turned deadly in the troubled southern state of Guerrero.The state public security agency deployed a helicopter to join the search in the tense town of Iguala and surrounding communities after students from a teacher college went missing on Saturday, the state government said in a statement.At least six people, including two students, were killed as municipal police and unknown gunmen shot a ...
Hurricane Rachel churns in Pacific off Mexico MEXICO CITY: Tropical Storm Rachel strengthened to hurricane force Saturday as it swirled off Mexico's Pacific coast, a region already buffeted by major storms this season.The US National Hurricane Center said Rachel, a category one hurricane, is located about 460 miles (740 kilometers) southwest of the Baja California peninsula, with maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour.Rachel is the 12th storm of the eastern north Pacific season, the Miami-based NHC said.There were ...
Storms damage Phoenix airport LOS ANGELES: Severe storms hit Phoenix's international airport on Saturday, briefly grounding flights, the airport announced on Twitter. Phoenix Sky Harbor airport's sustained damage to its roof and some walls, US media reported, leading the airport to stop flight operations.Less than an hour later, the airport said: "Flights have resumed at Sky Harbor but more than 30 inbound flights were diverted to other airports." Local media reported that the airport terminal in the southwestern US ...


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