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Court denies parole to Pussy Riot punk

A Russian court ruled to keep Pussy Riot punk Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in jail on Friday, denying her request for parole from her two-year sentence for the band’s performance against President Vladimir Putin last year. Judge Lidiya Yakovleva sided with prison officials, who said that 23-year-old Tolokonnikova does not deserve parole…

Ukrainians mark anniversary of Chernobyl disaster

Ukrainians on Friday lit candles and laid flowers to remember the victims of the world’s worst nuclear disaster at Chernobyl 27 years ago, as engineers pressed on with efforts to construct a new shelter to permanently secure the stricken reactor. On April 26, 1986, an explosion during testing sent radioactive…

Late German ‘Derrick’ actor revealed to be one of Hitler’s Waffen SS officers

The late German actor who starred in the wildly popular television crime show “Derrick” was a member of Hitler’s notorious Waffen SS, the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported Friday. Horst Tappert, who played the beloved baggy-eyed detective from 1974 to 1998 in a programme that ran in more than 100…

Brazilian dentist burned to death in her home by robbers who stole $15

A dentist died in her suburban Sao Paulo office after three robbers set her alight with alcohol because they could steal only $15 from her, a police spokesman said Friday. The spokesman told AFP that three assailants burst into the office of 46-year-old Cinthya Magaly Moutinho de Souza Thursday and…

Senate passes emergency relief to avert air travel budget cuts

Senate rushes through legislation to end delays and cancellations, with House expected to approve bill on Friday Congressional leaders have predicted they will have a deal in place by Friday to exempt air traffic controllers from sequester cuts that are causing thousands of plane delays across the US. On Thursday…

At least 15 trapped as India hospital roof collapses

Up to 15 people, mostly patients, were feared trapped after part of a hospital roof caved in on Friday in the central Indian city of Bhopal, officials and eyewitnesses said. Rescuers moved in heavy machinery to cut through the crashed roof of the female surgical ward of Kasturba Hospital, hospital…

Authorities say banks are too vulnerable to hacking

US authorities charged with overseeing the financial sector are worried about its vulnerability to cyberattacks, they said in a report published Thursday. “Security threats in cyberspace are not bound by national borders and can range widely from low to high security risks,” wrote the Financial Stability Oversight Council in its…

Police seek fugitive cult leader after his group burns an infant alive as the ‘Antichrist’

Ramón Gustavo Castillo Gaete, who refers to himself as “Antares from the Light,” is on the run from police after four members of his group were arrested by Chilean authorities for the ritualistic murder of an infant girl. Chilean authorities arrested the four, including the child’s mother Natalia Guerra, on…

British man admits to threatening mass shooting of Tennessee school

A British man pleaded guilty on Friday to making Facebook threats to kill 200 people at a school in the United States, which sparked a major security alert that saw thousands of pupils kept at home. Reece Elliot, a 24-year-old father-of-one from South Shields in northeastern England, posted the messages…

Prince William and Kate take ‘Harry Potter’ tour

The Duchess of Cambridge cast a spell of enchantment over the studios where the Harry Potter films were made Friday on a visit with husband Prince William and his brother Prince Harry. The three young British royals carried out the official opening of the Warner Bros Studios at Leavesden, north…

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