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U.S. troops in Colombia scandal let dogs poop in the hotel

WASHINGTON — US troops who caused scandal by sleeping with prostitutes ahead of a visit to Colombia by President Barack Obama also allowed sniffer dogs to sleep in hotel beds and defecate on the premises. A partially redacted report into April’s incident released Friday by the Pentagon revealed little that…

Swiss sheep to be outfitted to cry ‘wolf’ by text message

GENEVA, Switzerland — Using sheep to alert shepherds of an imminent wolf attack by text message might sound fanciful, but testing is already under way in Switzerland where the predator appears to be back. “It’s the first time that such a system has been tried outdoors,” said biologist Jean-Marc Landry,…

Judge scolds Samsung but lets massive smartphone patent trial proceed

The judge in a massive smartphone patent dispute reprimanded Samsung Friday for releasing excluded evidence but denied a bid by Apple to order a verdict in the case. Judge Lucy Koh expressed irritation with Samsung’s releasing to the media of documents she had ruled were not to be viewed by…

Proposed Tunisian legislation would criminalize ‘mockery’ of religion

A bill to criminalise offences against “sacred values,” filed in parliament this week by Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party Ennahda threatens freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch warned on Friday. “The draft bill would provide prison terms and fines for broadly worded offenses such as insulting or mocking the ‘sanctity of…

Belarus expels Swedish ambassador over ‘Teddy Bear Incident’

MINSK — Belarus expelled Sweden’s ambassador Friday saying he tried to “destroy” ties with the ex-Soviet state run by authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko, after a pro-democracy stunt by a Swedish firm. The move came after Swedish activists illegally flew a plane into Belarus early last month and dropped hundreds of…

Vietnam to host first LGBT pride parade

Vietnam is to host its first gay pride parade this weekend, event organisers said Friday, after the communist country’s justice minister said it was time to consider legalising same-sex marriage. The parade, organised by Hanoi’s small but growing Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, will see people cycling through the centre of the capital…

Pakistani-born British couple jailed for ‘honor killing’ of 17-year-old daughter

A Pakistani-born couple were jailed for life by a British court Friday for murdering their “westernised” teenage daughter in an apparent honour killing. Iftikhar Ahmed, 52, and his wife Farzana, 49, were told at Chester Crown Court in Cheshire, north-west England, that they would serve a minimum of 25 years…

German rower Nadja Drygalla leaves Olympics after team discovers her neo-Nazi boyfriend

German rower Nadja Drygalla (fourth from left) is to leave the Olympic village in London, the country’s Olympic committee said on Friday, after press reports that her boyfriend was a member of a far-right group. “Today the management of the German Olympic committee received information about the private associates of…

Unemployment up to 8.3 percent in July despite some job creation

The US economy created a solid 163,000 jobs in July, the Labor Department said Friday, unveiling data that will help President Barack Obama dull attacks from his Republican rival. The economy created many more jobs than the 100,000 expected from economists, although the unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3 percent.…

Canada policewomen file sex harassment class action

More than 200 policewomen and former cops have alleged sexual harassment on the job in a class action lawsuit against Canada’s federal police force. Hearings opened in British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver Thursday to certify a law suit filed in March by Janet Merlo, a 19-year veteran of the…

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