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U.S. suspends Mali aid after coup

WASHINGTON — The United States said Monday it was suspending tens of millions of dollars in aid to Mali after a coup in the African nation last week, and called for the elected government to be restored. “We have now taken the decision to suspend our assistance to the government…

Prison for Japan executive in U.S. price fix case

WASHINGTON — A Japanese businessman has been sentenced to a year in prison and fined $20,000 for his role in scheme to fix the prices of heater control panels installed in US cars, officials in Washington said Monday. Businessman Norihiro Imai pleaded guilty at a federal court in Detroit, Michigan,…

U.S. soldier killed at Afghan police checkpoint: official

WASHINGTON — A US soldier was killed at an Afghan police checkpoint on Monday in the latest “insider attack” by local security forces, a US military official said. The assault in eastern Afghanistan was the second shooting incident of the day involving Afghans opening fire on their NATO-led allies, with…

Celebrity hacker pleads guilty in U.S. court deal

LOS ANGELES — A 35-year-old computer hacker pleaded guilty Monday to breaking into the email accounts of stars including Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, and was taken in custody. Florida hacker Christopher Chaney, who had been free on bond since his arrest last October — weeks after nude photos of…

France’s Strauss-Kahn charged in vice ring

LILLE, France — Disgraced former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged Monday with involvement in an organised vice ring that procured prostitutes for top-class clients, lawyers said. Prosecutors said the 62-year-old former Socialist finance minister and one-time presidential favourite had been released on 100,000 euros ($135,000) bail following the charges.…

Pennsylvania lawmaker sued over ‘Year of the Bible’ resolution

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit over a Pennsylvania resolution declaring 2012 as “The Year of the Bible.” Rep. Rick Saccone (R), who sponsored the resolution and has been named as a defendant in FFRF’s lawsuit, said the resolution “serve[d] as a reminder that we must…

MegaUpload founder: Copyright charges include songs I own

MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom, the eccentric New Zealand millionaire accused of running the largest copyright theft operation in history, told a technology publication Monday that he is readying an “entertaining” motion in response to the U.S. government’s charges against him. One of the main charges, he told Torrent Freak in…

Pat Robertson blames homosexuality on ‘demonic possession’

Televangelist Pat Robertson says that demons are most likely to blame for the men who “sin” by having “cheap sex with other men.” Monday’s broadcast of The 700 Club featured the story of Shawn, a married man who began to have affairs with men after his wife had a baby.…

Trayvon Martin’s father: ‘They are still disrespecting my son’ after death

The parents of Trayvon Martin strongly condemned new reports that negatively reflect their son in an emotional press conference in Sanford, Florida Monday afternoon. Both parents responded to two reports released Monday, where Martin’s shooter George Zimmerman claimed the teenager was the aggressor during the incident and an Associated Press…

Romney: Government workers just look for ‘places they can interfere’

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Monday suggested that most government workers were a waste of taxpayer dollars because they spend their days looking for “places they can interfere.” At a campaign event in San Diego, California, the former Massachusetts governor told supporters that there were a “class of individuals”…

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