Telegraph – The King of Bahrain defended his record in handling anti-government protests, insisting it was not government policy “to go and kill people on the roads” and that the Bahraini security forces did not indulge in “ethnic cleansing or genocide”. Read article
NPR – In Brazil, the discovery of huge oil deposits has prompted a patriotic outpouring as Brazilians celebrate the country’s rise as an oil power. Currently the world’s ninth largest oil producer, Brazil believes it may become one of the top four or five oil producers in a few years. But a recent spill 200 miles off the country’s famous beaches has brought home the pitfalls of deep-sea drilling. On a recent fishing excursion, Alexandre Anderson put out about 2,000 yards of net in open water, just within sight of Rio’s famous Sugar Loaf Mountain. These days, though, the effort is hardly worth it.
Pulling up the net, there’s only a few scrawny fish. Read article
Daily Reporter — Since suicide isn’t a crime, there’s no way a Chinese immigrant could have known she would be charged with murder and feticide for trying to kill herself while she was pregnant, her attorney told the Indiana Court of Appeals on Tuesday. Bei Bei Shuai, 34, was 33 weeks pregnant when she ate rat poison Dec. 23 after her boyfriend broke up with her. Attorneys say she was attempting suicide in the midst of major depression. Shuai was hospitalized, and doctors tried to treat her for the poison. Court records show doctors told Shuai they detected little problem with the fetus until days later, when the premature baby girl was delivered by cesarean section on Dec. 31. Read article
The Guardian – The age of criminal responsibility in England, Wales and Northern Ireland could be “unreasonably low” given the emerging understanding of how slowly the brains of children mature, according to a report by the Royal Society. Widespread differences between individuals also mean that the cut-off age at which children are deemed fit to stand trial, at 10 years old, might not be justifiable in all cases. The comments are part of an assessment carried out by a panel of scientists, lawyers and ethicists of how developments in neuroscience and brain imaging should inform the future practice of law. Neuroscience and the Law, published on Tuesday, examines how scientific understanding of the brain has advanced in recent decades and the light this has shed on behaviour. Read article