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Sudanese woman flogged for being in car with unrelated man

The woman in a pink headscarf kneels, crying, while a crowd gathers around her watching as a Sudanese police officer strikes her over and over with a whip. Even as she’s bearing the assault, she struggles to keep the scarf on her head. Her crime? According to accounts in the…

Furloughed Pentagon civilians ordered back to work

Most civilian employees of the U.S. Department of Defense have been taken off of furlough after the passage of the “Pay Our Military Act,” officials announced Saturday. “I expect us to be able to significantly reduce – but not eliminate – civilian furloughs under this process,” Secretary of Defense Chuck…

Google wants to patent how to split a restaurant check

Splitting a check after a big group meal can be a pain-in-the-neck problem. But is it a Google-level conundrum? A handful of Google engineers appear to think so. According to a patent application made public Thursday, six New York-area Google employees want a patent on a method for “tracking and…

Nebraska Supreme Court rules 16-year-old ‘not mature enough’ for abortion

A 16-year-old ward of the state in Nebraska isn’t mature enough to have an abortion. She is, however, apparently mature enough to bear the child instead. So ruled the Nebraska Supreme Court in a split decision Friday. The 5-2 decision denied the unnamed child’s request for an an abortion, saying…

Bahrain accuses Shiite opposition leader of inciting terrorism

AFP – Bahrain’s general prosecutor on Saturday said he had referred prominent Shiite opposition ex-MP Khalil Marzooq to court on charges of “inciting terrorist crimes”. Marzooq, a senior figure in the main Al-Wefaq opposition formation who was arrested on September 17, also faces charges of “promoting acts that amount to…

Italy shipwreck rescuer: ‘The worst was having to choose who to save, knowing that the others would drown’

AFP – Marcello Nizza was on a night-time fishing expedition off the Italian coast when he heard screams from the water in the darkness. “Suddenly, it was hell,” Nizza said, still shaken by the shipwreck tragedy in the early hours of Thursday off the island of Lampedusa in which 300…

Italian film director commits suicide

Italian film director Carlo Lizzani committed suicide on Saturday by jumping from a third-floor window in Rome at the age of 91, the police said. The death comes nearly three years after another well-known director, Mario Monicelli, died the same way, jumping from a hospital window in Rome. Lizzani, who…

Obama urges Congress to stop ‘farce’ and end shutdown

President Barack Obama on Saturday called on the lower chamber of Congress to “stop this farce” and end the US government shutdown by unconditionally approving a federal budget. “Take that vote. Stop this farce. End this shutdown now,” Obama said in his weekly radio and video address. The US government…

Obama says Iran a year away from nuclear bomb

US President Barack Obama said in an interview released Saturday that Iran was “a year or more away” from getting a nuclear bomb, in a clear sign of discord with Israel. Obama also told the Associated Press that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had staked his credibility on dialogue and it…

Greenpeace stages vigils for activists held in Russia

Greenpeace supporters held vigils across the world Saturday in support of 30 activists jailed by Russia after a protest against Arctic oil drilling, sparking a new row between Moscow and the West. Pressure has been mounting on Russia from both activists and governments shocked by Moscow’s decision to level full-blown…

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