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Missouri man faces new charges after shooting canoer he caught urinating on property line

Steelville, Missouri homeowner James Crocker, already under arrest after shooting a man he believed to be a trespasser point-blank in the face, now faces additional charges related to the incident. The incident, which cost Paul Franklin Dart his life, began after Dart and his family rented canoes and embarked down…

Putin: Edward Snowden ‘condemned himself to a rather difficult life’

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, who received asylum in Russia, is a “strange guy” who condemned himself to a difficult fate. “You know, I sometimes thought about him, he is a strange guy,” ex-KGB spy Putin said in an interview with state-run Channel One…

Australian postal workers will no longer be sacked for using their work email to send porn

Emailing pornography on work addresses should not automatically be considered a sackable offence, an Australian workplace tribunal has ruled. The Fair Work Commission made the decision after considering a case in which three postal workers were fired after it was found they used work email addresses to send or distribute…

Conjoined twins in India successfully separated with tireless help from 40 specialists

Doctors declared Wednesday that a pair of formerly conjoined twins were healthy and happy after they were successfully separated in a marathon “nerve-wracking” operation in India by a team of 40 specialists. The one-year-old girls from Nigeria, sporting matching bright pink dresses, sat patiently on their parents’ laps as doctors…

Putin vows no anti-LGBT discrimination at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday vowed there would be no discrimination against gays at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, despite a storm of controversy over a new law banning the dissemination of gay “propaganda” to minors. In an interview with Channel One television, Putin dismissed speculation about the…

Leaked season 3 premier of ‘Homeland’ downloaded more than 200,000 times

An unfinished work-print of the hit Showtime series Homeland appeared online yesterday. According to TorrentFreak, the leaked episode is missing the opening credits and some of the “seamless” CGI effects — buildings in the background, cars on closed roads, and a key element of last season’s finale — have yet…

Qatar announces its first MERS coronavirus death

A woman has died in Qatar after contracting the MERS coronavirus, becoming the first recorded fatality from the SARS-like virus in the Gulf state, local press reported on Wednesday. The 56-year-old Qatari victim, who already had chronic illnesses, died on August 31, a week after she was admitted to intensive…

Secret U.S. documents reveal Al-Qaeda has anti-drone operation: Washington Post

Al-Qaeda’s leaders have set up cells of engineers to try to shoot down, disable or hijack US drones, The Washington Post reported late Tuesday citing top-secret US intelligence documents. The Al-Qaeda leadership is “hoping to exploit the technological vulnerabilities of a weapons system that has inflicted huge losses against the…

100,000 kilograms of dead fish cleared from polluted Chinese river after ‘chemical discharge’

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish were left floating in a Chinese river after a chemical discharge, officials said Wednesday, the latest industrial accident to pollute the country’s battered environment. About 100,000 kilograms of fish were cleared from 40 kilometres of the Fu river in Wuhan, the capital of the…

British soldier tells inquiry board about unit’s ‘degrading’ abuse of Iraqis

Duncan Aston tells al-Sweady public inquiry how sergeant stamped on head of dead Iraqi after firefight in Iraq in 2004 A British soldier engaged in a fierce gunfight in Iraq described on Wednesday how his colleagues punched and kicked a prisoner and stamped on the head of a dead Iraqi,…

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