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Jury sentences Major Nidal Hasan to death in Fort Hood shooting rampage

A court martial sentenced a US army officer to death on Wednesday for carrying out an Al-Qaeda inspired mass shooting on the Fort Hood base that left 13 people dead. After only four hours of deliberations, the forewoman of a jury of military officers said that it was their unanimous…

George Zimmerman’s wife Shellie pleads guilty to perjury charges

Shellie Zimmerman — wife of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted of murder charges in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin — pleaded guilty to charges of perjury Wednesday for misleading a judge about the state of her family’s finances. According to CNN, Shellie Zimmerman was sentenced…

Muslim leaders urge ‘decisive action’ against Syria

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday condemned alleged poison gas attacks in Syria, blaming the government and calling for “decisive action” in response. The world’s largest grouping of Muslim nations “stressed the need to hold the Syrian government legally and morally accountable for this heinous crime and to bring…

Scientists say global warming ‘hiatus’ will be brief

A slowing in global warming that climate sceptics say undermines the greenhouse theory is simply a “hiatus” from higher temperatures, scientists said on Wednesday. Grasping one of the thorniest issues in climate politics, the researchers said the recent slowdown lies in a natural but temporary cooling in the tropical Pacific…

Students and parents boycott Chicago schools to protest new city budget

A group of about 200 Chicago Public Schools students and parents boycotted classes on Wednesday before holding a protest march toward City Hall, in an activist gesture designed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. WBBM-TV reported that the march was also held to call attention…

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas ‘take a break’ from marriage

Movie stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and her husband Michael Douglas have decided to take a break from their 13-year marriage, according to a report in People magazine Wednesday. “They’re taking a break,” a source told the entertainment magazine, which reported that neither star had filed for divorce or legal separation. Zeta-Jones’…

Fidel Castro denies Cuba refused Edward Snowden asylum

Fidel Castro said in remarks published Wednesday that no Cuban official should have denied US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden entry to the communist-run island, as alleged by a Russian newspaper. The former longtime leader said he didn’t know whether anyone linked to Havana had actually spoken to the fugitive former…

Salvation Army to attend South Africa sex fair to promote ‘Christian understanding of sexuality’.

The Salvation Army said Wednesday it will join porn stars, strippers and pole dancers at an upcoming South African sex expo to promote “Christian understanding of sexuality”. “If Jesus Christ was on earth today, he would be standing beside us at Sexpo,” said the nearly 150-year-old group, famed for brass…

North Carolina man accused of killing and dismembering wheelchair-bound roommate

A 33-year-old North Carolina man faces a first-degree charge for allegedly killing his wheelchair-bound roommate, then using a hacksaw to dismember his body. WSOC-TV reported on Tuesday that Brian Hord was arrested at the apartment he shared with 70-year-old Richard Gentry in Gastonia, North Carolina, late Tuesday night. Authorities were…

Undercover reporter ‘had sex’ with dentist during female circumcision sting operation

Hearing told reporter was trying to get dentist to agree to carry out female circumcisions in sting set up by Mazher Mahmood. An undercover Sunday Times reporter had sex with a dentist during a sting set up by ‘Fake Sheikh’ Mazher Mahmood, a misconduct hearing has been told. The unknown…

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