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Rights groups slam death sentence for New Delhi gang rapists

Indian rights groups voiced dismay Saturday over death sentences handed to four men for a fatal gang rape, saying it was unlikely to reverse the country’s “rape crisis” despite a public clamour for their execution. After a seven-month fast-track trial, Judge Yogesh Khanna said Friday the four men should be…

Tax advisor quits after tape reveals him giving corporations tips on how to avoid paying taxes

A tax advisor to the British government was forced to resign after he was secretly filmed giving advice on how to avoid paying tax, officials said on Saturday. David Heaton was recorded by undercover BBC reporters at a London conference explaining to companies how to keep their money out of…

Poetry project helps dementia patients live in the moment

We have a special guide traveling with us, poet laureate Natasha Trethewey. Our goal is to explore poetry and literature in various corners of American life, in sometimes unexpected ways and places, and we will seek to connect these trips to aspects of Natasha’s personal experience and, no doubt, to…

U.S. and Russia agree on Syria chemical weapons plan: John Kerry

Washington and Moscow have agreed a deal to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “We have reached a shared assessment of the amount and type of chemical weapons possessed by the Assad regime. And we…

Kanye West accused of attacking photographer at L.A. airport

Rapper Kanye West was charged with battery and attempted theft after he allegedly attacked a paparazzi photographer at Los Angeles International airport in July, officials said. Cameraman Daniel Ramos, who filmed the incident in which West allegedly attacked him and tried to seize his camera, filed a lawsuit last month…

Chevron agrees to pay $41.6 million for oil spill in Brazil

US energy giant Chevron and Swiss-based rig operator Transocean signed a deal with Brazilian prosecutors on Friday to settle lawsuits over an oil spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Chevron has agreed to pay $41.6 million in compensation over the leak of 3,000 barrels of crude in November…

Teachers on strike clash with police in Mexico City protest

Anti-riot police raided Mexico City’s historic center to remove striking teachers on Friday, using water cannons and tear gas to clear the area while protestors responded with firebombs. Hundreds of officers flooded the Zocalo square after some 200 protestors disobeyed a deadline to vacate the area to make room for…

Benedict Cumberbatch: Assange tried to talk me out of WikiLeaks film

Actor who plays WikiLeaks founder in The Fifth Estate says he received long email plea day before filming began Benedict Cumberbatch has revealed details of his email exchanges with Julian Assange about the new WikiLeaks film, including Assange’s plea for him not to take part in the movie, sent the…

Argentina nabs 19-year-old ‘super hacker’

A 19-year-old Argentine has been arrested on charges of hacking into online gambling pages and international money transfer sites, authorities said Friday. The Buenos Aires man is said to have been making $50,000 a month as leader of a hacking gang that included seven other people, who remain under investigation,…

United Airlines honors $5 and $10 flights booked during online glitch

Human error blamed for period in which only airport and security fees were charged and customers rushed to purchase United Airlines will honour plane tickets it mistakenly sold online for between $5 and $10, the company said on Friday. Customers using the airline’s website were able to book tickets without…

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