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Nicolas Sarkozy investigated over Kadhafi campaign funding claims

French former president Nicolas Sarkozy is to be investigated over allegations that he accepted cash from former Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi to fund his 2007 election campaign. Judicial sources confirmed Friday that a formal probe has been opened that could lead to Sarkozy facing a second set of corruption-related charges…

Russia puts mice and newts in space for a month

A Russian rocket carrying a capsule filled with 45 mice and 15 newts along with other small animals blasted off Friday on a month-long orbital mission that should pave the way for manned flights to Mars. Live footage on the Roscosmos space agency website showed the Soyuz lifting off at…

Shot Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev featured ‘terror’ links on YouTube

The Boston marathon bombings suspect who was killed in a police shootout features a YouTube page listing links to men he identified as “terrorists” and Islamic teachers. The Russian-language YouTube page of the dead suspect, identified as 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, features various links to websites pulled by YouTube as well…

Boy Scouts of America to ask ruling board’s permission to end gay ban

A spokesperson for the Boy Scouts of America announced Friday that the group intends to drop its ban on openly gay members. According to Reuters, however, the Scouts’ ruling board must still vote in May whether to ratify the end of the discriminatory ban. If the ruling goes through, said…

Bodies of 12 people recovered from fertilizer plant, say officials

Officials said Friday that the bodies of 12 people have been recovered from the wreckage of a fertilizer plant that caught fire and exploded in the town of West, Texas on Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, about 200 other people were injured in the blast, which took place Wednesday…

5-year-old Indian girl battles for her life after kidnapping and brutal rape

A five-year-old Indian girl was battling for her life on Friday after being kidnapped and brutally raped in the latest incident of sexual violence which has triggered nationwide protests. The girl was attacked inside a locked room over a 48-hour period, police said, after being abducted as she played outside…

Sen. Durbin: ‘Gang of Eight’ found balance on immigration

After months of negotiations, a bipartisan group of senators formally rolled out a sweeping immigration overhaul today. The gang of eight’s bill would establish a pathway to citizenship…  …

Anti-vaccination campaign blamed for massive measles outbreak in Wales

Public health officials said Friday they were investigating the first suspected death from measles in Britain in five years, after an outbreak blamed on a campaign against vaccinations. More than 800 people have contracted the highly contagious disease in Wales in the past six weeks, centred around the southern city…

Saudi Arabia opens luxury ‘religious extremist’ rehab center for Al-Qaeda militants

Saudi Arabia is hoping to wean jailed Al-Qaeda militants off religious extremism with counselling, spa treatments and plenty of exercise at a luxury rehabilitation centre in Riyadh. In between sessions with counsellors and talks on religion, prisoners will be able to relax in the centre’s facilities which include an Olympic-size…

Boston transit shut down in hunt for second bomb suspect

Thousands of heavily armed police went door-to-door through a Massachusetts town on Friday in an unprecedented massive hunt for the remaining Boston marathon bombing fugitive. Authorities halted all public bus and train services in the Boston region and told hundreds of thousands of people in several towns around Watertown to…

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