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O.J. Simpson appears in Las Vegas court to appeal robbery charge

O.J. Simpson appeared in a Las Vegas court Monday, hoping to be retried for a September 2007 casino hotel robbery on grounds that his longtime lawyer had botched his defense. Dressed in a blue prison outfit, the 65-year-old former American football star and actor — famously acquitted for the 1994…

Dutch researchers estimate age and gender of Twitter users based on content shared

Researchers at a Dutch university have developed an online programme that is able give the age and gender of users purely based on the content they post on the social network Twitter. Based on data from almost 3,000 Twitter users who “tweet” messages in 140 characters or less, researchers at…

Catholics see rise in numbers in Asia and Africa

The number of Catholic priests and believers in the world is on the rise, a Vatican report showed on Monday, with gains in Africa and Asia offsetting a slump in Europe and the Americas. The world’s Catholics rose from 1.196 billion to 1.214 billion between 2010 and 2011, an increase…

Hundreds of Bangladesh textile plants shut indefinitely

Hundreds of factories which form the hub of Bangladesh’s garment industry are to close indefinitely after worker unrest sparked by the death of more than 1,100 colleagues, employees announced Monday. As the search for bodies from last month’s collapse of a factory complex wrapped up, the textile industry’s main trade…

Authorities arrest 2 in connection to death of Malcolm X grandson

Authorities have arrested two people in connection with the beating death of the grandson of late US civil rights activist Malcolm X in Mexico City, an official said Monday. Malcolm Shabazz, 29, was found laying on the ground in front of a bar on Thursday and died later in a…

Myanmar president to visit U.S. for first time nearly 50 years

Myanmar’s president will soon make the first state visit to the United States by a leader of the former pariah nation in almost half a century, state television announced Monday. It did not say exactly when former general Thein Sein — whose quasi-civilian government has won international plaudits for its…

Hungarian man drove to hospital holding his sawn-off arm

VIENNA — A Hungarian man who sawed off one of his arms by accident below the elbow managed to drive 15 kilometres (10 miles) to hospital in Austria clutching the severed limb, police said Sunday. The 37-year-old somehow succeeded in fishing the arm out of the machinery that had sliced…

Saudis panic over SARS-like outbreak

Panic gripped Saudis in the country’s east on Monday, where most cases of the deadly coronavirus have been detected, witnesses said, as the death toll from the SARS-like virus in the kingdom hit 15. Scores of people have reported to the emergency services at hospitals in the city of Al-Ahsa…

Greece takes emergency action against striking teachers

Greece on Monday took emergency action — the third this year — to ward off a strike by secondary school teachers timed to coincide with university entry exams. The emergency order to work follows similar steps taken against metro workers in January and seamen in February as the conservative-led coalition…

Installment loans trap low-income borrowers with 182 percent interest rates

By Paul Kiel, ProPublicaThis story was co-produced with Marketplace. Listen to their coverage. One day late last year, Katrina Sutton stood at a gas pump outside Atlanta and swiped her debit card. Insufficient funds. But that couldn’t be. She’d been careful to wait until her $270 paycheck from Walmart had…

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