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Outrage in India after New Delhi rapist gets meager 3 year sentence

India’s opposition said Sunday it would seek tougher punishments for juveniles after the first verdict in the New Delhi gang-rape case saw a teenager sentenced to three years’ detention, sparking widespread anger. The rape and murder of a 23-year-old student by six attackers on a moving bus last December sparked…

Pope Francis: War leads to more war

Pope Francis has called for the world to unite in a day of fasting and prayer for Syria on Saturday and said “God and history” would judge anyone using chemical weapons. “May the cry for peace enter the hearts of everyone so that they may all lay down their weapons,”…

New leak: NSA spied on French diplomats and Al Jazeera

The US National Security Agency (NSA) spied on the internal communications of France’s foreign ministry and diplomats and those of Qatar-based television station Al-Jazeera, a German magazine said Sunday. Der Spiegel reported that in 2010 the NSA monitored the internal computer network of France’s diplomats and that of the ministry…

John Kerry: Hair and blood samples tested positive for sarin in Syria

The United States has proof sarin gas was used in a Damascus attack, Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday, as he urged Congress to vote for military action against the Syrian regime. Hair and blood samples given to the United States from emergency workers on the scene of last…

Syrian foreign minister accuses Obama of being ‘confused’

Syria on Sunday said US President Barack Obama has grown “hesitant… and confused”, after he postponed a threatened military strike on Damascus pending a vote in Congress. “President Obama was clearly hesitant, disappointed and confused when he spoke yesterday,” Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Muqdad told reporters, in the Syrian regime’s…

Nationalists and environmentalists square off at protest against Japanese dolphin hunt

Environmentalists staged a rally in Tokyo Saturday to protest the start of Japan’s annual dolphin hunt, which was made infamous by an Academy Award-winning documentary. The rally organiser, Action for Marine Mammals, said it was one a number of demonstrations taking place around the world this weekend ahead of the…

Famed designer Oscar De la Renta criticizes ‘circus’ surrounding Fashion Week

Couturier halves his guest list for show in New York as critics say too many poseurs crowd the runways Some of America’s most prominent fashionistas are calling time on the overcrowding, demand for endless “newness” and general hoopla that has become an obsession in the industry. Before this week’s opening…

American swimmer launches final attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida

U.S. swimmer Diana Nyad set off from Cuba Saturday in her fifth and final bid to become the first person to reach Florida without the protection of a shark cage. “Thanks, my Cuban friends,” the 64-year-old said in Spanish before she jumped into the water at the Hemingway International Yacht…

Femen founders leave Ukraine ‘fearing for their lives’

Three founders of Femen said Saturday they had left Ukraine in fear for their lives after police discovered weapons in their Kiev offices that the feminist group says were planted. Alexandra Shevchenko, Anna Hutsol and Yana Zhdanova “have fled Ukraine fearing for their lives and for their liberty” and would…

UN weapons inspectors return from Syria as clock ticks

The United Nations team of chemical weapons inspectors who spent almost two weeks investigating the attack in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta in which hundreds of civilians died, have returned to their headquarters at The Hague in the Netherlands. There, they are beginning scientific analysis of samples designed to give…

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