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Watch live: Trayvon Martin’s mother testifies at Zimmerman trial

On Friday, the mother of deceased teen Trayvon Martin will testify in the second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain accused of killing him. Watch live, broadcast on July 5 via NBC News.…

Watch as California fireworks display fires sideways into crowd

Nearly 30 people were injured Thursday night when a fireworks display in Simi Valley California went wrong, firing sideways into a crowd of about 10,000. According to the L.A. Times, officials are calling the incident an industrial accident and say that there is no evidence to suggest foul play. Witnesses…

Edward Snowden’s leaks cause editorial split at the Washington Post

US paper accused of facing both ways over NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s whistle-blowing activities have not only split America’s journalistic community, it appears to have split the Washington Post’s staff too. In a surprising editorial, “Plugging the leaks in the Edward Snowden case”, the paper argued that the first priority…

Egypt’s army announces state of emergency in South Sinai, Suez

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army announced a state of emergency in the provinces of South Sinai and Suez on Friday after Islamist gunmen attacked an airport in the Sinai town of El Arish, state newspaper Al-Ahram reported. The report quoted the commander of the Third Field Army Osama Asakar saying…

Popes John Paul II and John XXIII to be made saints, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The late Pope John Paul II will be made a saint, the Vatican said on Friday, announcing that Pope Francis had approved a second miracle attributed to the Polish pontiff, who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 to 2005. The Vatican said Pope John XXIII,…

WHO sets up emergency committee on MERS virus

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization is forming an emergency committee of international experts to prepare for a possible worsening of the Middle East coronavirus, which has killed 40 people, WHO flu expert Keiji Fukuda said on Friday. Fukuda said there was currently no emergency or pandemic but the…

Spain sees no reason to apologize to Bolivia in Snowden saga

By Sonya Dowsett MADRID (Reuters) – Spain said on Friday it had no reason to apologize after a plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales was diverted on suspicion that fugitive U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was on board. Bolivia said Morales was returning from Moscow on Tuesday when France…

More modern monarchs choose not to rule until death

Retirement is not traditionally on the cards for queens, kings or popes, but a string of abdications in recent months, some unprecedented, show many are choosing to step aside instead of labouring on until death. Belgian King Albert, 79, became the latest to announce he will abdicate his throne, a…

Joey ‘Jaws’ Chestnut sets new record with 69 hot dogs in annual Nathan’s eating contest

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut devoured 69 hot dogs, breaking his own record to win the traditional Fourth of July Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island for the seventh straight year. With thousands of spectators cheering him on, Chestnut downed the 69 dogs — and their buns — in 10…

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says no country will have to leave eurozone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stressed her view that no country will have to leave the eurozone, despite the fiscal and economic crisis that has rocked the 17-nation currency bloc, in comments published Friday. Asked by national news agency DPA whether, amid the ongoing debt and recession woes hitting several southern…

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