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Amanda Knox grateful to 'have my life back' after court saga

Amanda Knox 'so grateful to have my life back' after Italian court overturns conviction
The Associated Press

SEATTLE - Amanda Knox says she's "so grateful to have my life back" after Italy's highest court overturned her murder conviction in the slaying of her roommate.

Knox spoke briefly Friday evening to reporters gathered outside the Seattle home of her mother, Edda Mellas. She was flanked by her mother and her fiance, Colin Sutherland.

"Right now I'm still absorbing what all this means and what comes to mind is my gratitude for the life that's been given to me," she said.

Amanda Knox murder conviction overturned by Italy high court

Italy's highest court overturns Amanda Knox murder conviction, closing legal saga
Colleen Barry And Frances D'Emilio, The Associated Press

ROME - Italy's highest court overturned the murder conviction against Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Friday over the 2007 slaying of Knox's roommate, bringing to a definitive end the high-profile case that captivated trial-watchers on both sides of the Atlantic.

"Finished!" Knox's lawyer Carlo Dalla Vedova exulted after the decision was read out late Friday. "It couldn't be better than this."

Warships move in key strait as airstrikes widen in Yemen

Egyptian warships move into key strait off Yemen as Saudi-led airstrikes widen
Ahmed Al-Haj And Hamza Hendawi, The Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen - As airstrikes in Yemen intensified on their second day Friday, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were considering an intervention on the ground, aimed at giving the president a secure foothold to return to the country, while backing Sunni tribesmen to fight against Shiite rebels and their allies, military officials said.

UK's top court upholds disclosure of Prince Charles' letters

UK Supreme Court refuses to overturn ruling calling for publication of Prince Charles' letters
Gregory Katz, The Associated Press

LONDON - Britain's Supreme Court Thursday paved the way for the public release of 27 hotly contested memos written by Prince Charles to government ministers.

The government has sought for years to keep the letters out of the public domain for fear that publishing them might damage public perceptions of Charles' neutrality.

As heir-to-the-throne, Charles is expected to remain out of politics. The letters, said to contain strong personal views, were deemed too sensitive by former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who vetoed their release in 2012.

Pakistan fires defence minister, escalating crisis

Pakistan fires defence minister, army warns of turmoil as crisis escalates
Chris Brummitt,Zarar Khan, The Associated Press

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's government fired the defence secretary Wednesday and the army warned of "grievous consequences" for the country, escalating a political and legal crisis that some believe could end in the dismissal of government.

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