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Journalist Wa Lone. Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

Two Reuters journalists who were arrested in Myanmar at the end of last year described being hooded and deprived of sleep during a hearing on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: This has become a landmark case for press freedom. They're facing up to 14 years in prison after being arrested while investigating a mass-killing of Rohingya Muslims last year.

The details: Kyaw Soe Oo said on Tuesday that when they were arrested, police "put black hoods on us...and we stayed hooded until we arrived" at a special interrogation site. He said his interrogators "asked questions for three days straight while I was in handcuffs."

  • The police deny using illegal torture, Reuters reports, but the journalists' defense lawyer Than Zaw Aung said: "Asking questions repeatedly for three days without letting them sleep made them mentally weak. This kind of mental and physical torture is a human rights violation."
  • The two say they were framed by police who handed them documents moments before their arrest. The officer in question denies doing so.

Go deeper and stay updated on their case with Reuters.

"We wouldn’t be dutiful as reporters if we ignored these violations of the law. We covered the Rakhine issue, and because of that we have been facing trial for months and facing these troubles."
— Wa Lone told reporters, per Reuters

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U.S. airstrike kills senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria, DOD says

A displacement camp near the village of Qah in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Ahmad Al-Atrash/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S. airstrike in northwest Syria on Friday killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

Why it matters: Syria serves as a "safe haven" for the extremist group to plan external operations, according to U.S. Army Maj. John Rigsbee.

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Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted of campaign finance crimes

Lev Parnas, a former associate of then-President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida businessman Lev Parnas was convicted Friday on charges of conspiracy to make foreign contributions to political campaigns, according to multiple outlets.

Why it matters: Prosecutors said Parnas, then an associate of former President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, funneled over $150,000 from a Russian businessman into U.S. campaigns as part of an effort to land licenses in the U.S.'s legal cannabis industry.

Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to Texas abortion law

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The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear two cases challenging Texas' abortion law, which bans the procedure as soon as six weeks into pregnancy, but left the law in place in the meantime.

Why it matters: The court is moving extraordinarily fast on the Texas cases, compressing into just a few days a process that normally takes months. And that schedule means the court will take up Texas' ban a month before it hears another major abortion case — a challenge to Mississippi's own 2018 ban on abortions after 15 weeks.