US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and former CIA director George Tennet no longer have reason to fear for their freedom should they decide on a trip to Germany. A state court in Stuttgart ruled Thursday that German federal prosecutor Kay Nehm is not required to prosecute the two men for war crimes in relation to the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib in 2003 and 2004. The court decided against a petition from a group of lawyers and human rights organizations called the Republican Lawyers Association, which was representing 17 alleged torture victims. The Stuttgart court said Nehm adequately evaluated the case and approved his refusal of it in February. At the time, Nehm said it was not up to a third state to prosecute the charges, as they are already being investigated in the United States. The group of lawyers criticized the decision, saying the US investigation deals only with a handful of low-ranking American soldiers, not any high-ranking officials and leaves the "victims of the worst crimes without any legal protection."
The Socceroos won a first major trophy in their 93-year history with a hard-fought 2-1 win against South Korea on Saturday. All three goals were scored seconds before an interval as the game went into extra-time.
Playing in her 20th year as a professional, the 33-year-old won her sixth Australian Open title to move above Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova and into second on the women’s list of Grand Slam winners in the Open era.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected any idea of offering more debt relief to Greece. Her comments come amid growing tensions between the new Greek government and its international creditors.