Adnan Syed of ‘Serial’ Is Granted a New Trial

Supported by U.S. Adnan Syed of 'Serial’ Is Granted a New Trial Photo Adnan Syed leaves the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse in Baltimore, Maryland on Feb. 5, 2016. An appeals court ruled on Thursday that Mr. Syed, the subject of the first season of “Serial,” should be granted a new trial. Credit Carlos Barria/Reuters An appeals panel on Thursday vacated the conviction of Adnan Syed, whose case was chronicled in the first season of the hit podcast “Serial,” and ruled that he should be granted a new trial on all charges.
Mr. Syed was convicted in 2000 of the first-degree murder and kidnapping of his former girlfriend, Hae Min Lee.
In the ruling, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals said that he had received ineffective legal counsel at his trial because his original lawyer had failed to call a witness whose testimony, if believed, “would have made it impossible for Syed to have murdered Hae.”
“Accordingly, Syed’s murder conviction must be vacated, and because Syed’s convicti..

Pope Washes the Feet of Inmates, Reveals He Has Cataracts

Pope Washes the Feet of Inmates, Reveals He Has Cataracts
ROME — Pope Francis urged inmates at a Rome prison on Thursday to never let their hopes be clouded like cataracts cloud the eyes — and revealed that he suffers from the condition and has to have surgery for it next year.
Francis, 81, disclosed the news as he bid farewell to inmates and staff at the Regina Coeli prison, where he washed the feet of 12 prisoners in a Holy Thursday ritual.
Francis frequently uses his visits to prisons to encourage inmates not to lose hope, and he repeated that Thursday by telling the prisoners that they must clear their eyes every day so they can see and spread hope.
“At my age, for example, cataracts come and you don't see reality well. Next year I have to have an operation,” he said.

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He said the same thing happens with life, when disillusionment, errors and fatigue cloud the soul. Francis urged the inmates to do a daily cleansing of their vie..

Russia Will Expel 150 Diplomats, as Tensions With West Reach Fever Pitch

Russia Will Expel 150 Diplomats, as Tensions With West Reach Fever Pitch Photo Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov of Russia announcing the Kremlin’s decision to retaliate for the expulsion of more than 150 Russian diplomats from Western — which was itself a reaction to a nerve-agent attack on British soil. Credit Yuri Kadobnov/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images LONDON — Intensifying Russia’s clash with Europe and the United States, the Kremlin on Thursday announced that it would expel 150 Western diplomats and close the American consulate in St. Petersburg.
The action was in retaliation for the expulsion of more than 150 Russian officials from other countries — which was itself a reaction to a nerve-agent attack on British soil that Britain and its allies have blamed on Moscow.
The United States ambassador to Russia, Jon M. Huntsman Jr., was summoned to the Foreign Ministry, the foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, announced. Sixty American diplomats will be expelled from Russia — the s..

Bulletin Board: What Topics Should the ‘Tech We’re Using’ Column Tackle Next?

What Topics Should the ‘Tech We’re Using’ Column Tackle Next? Photo A FaceTime call connects the Times reporter Vindu Goel’s daughter with her grandmother in New York. Credit Sunil Thakkar for The New York Times The Reader Center is one way we in the newsroom are trying to connect with you, by highlighting your perspectives and experiences and offering insight into how we work.
There’s an app for that, but I’m not sure anyone cares anymore. That thought was stuck in my head when I pitched the idea for Tech We’re Using, a column about how New York Times journalists use tech in their jobs and personal lives.
Over the last decade, smartphones have become the center of how we consume and create media. Apps used to be a novelty; there was a period of time when smartphones were young and we were excited about finding new apps to download.
But by now, there are millions of apps for smartphones, and people have found and settled on the tools that are the most useful to them. So what are peopl..