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North Chicago cop charged with double homicide after wrong-way crash

A North Chicago police officer was charged on Saturday with two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of aggravated driving under the influence for his involvement in a three-car collision that killed two people. WMAQ-TV reported that Officer Terrel Garrett was been placed on administrative leave after the accident,…

China encouraging language classes in U.S. schools

Susan Wang couldn’t speak English when she arrived in California from Taiwan, aged 16. Now 49, she heads a school offering US children a similar experience, plunging them into a Chinese world. And her establishment is part of a rapid expansion of “immersion” Mandarin language programs in the United States,…

Pakistan’s PM bids farewell, hails victory for democracy

Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Saturday hailed parliament’s historic completion of a full term in office as a victory for democracy as he gave his farewell address to the nation. The nuclear-armed country of 180 million, where Taliban attacks and record levels of violence against the Shiite Muslim…

Spanish anti-austerity protesters accuse E.U. of servility to markets

Thousands of protesters marched Saturday in Madrid and other cities in Spain against European Union leaders’ handling of the financial crisis, condemning “an EU that belongs to the markets”. The marches, organised by Spain’s “indignados” protest movement, came after Cyprus announced it would dip into its citizens’ bank accounts to…

Rand Paul narrowly wins CPAC straw poll over Rubio

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) scored a victory in the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, edging out Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), NBC News reported on Saturday. Paul, whose father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), won the poll at the conference in 2010 and 2011, garnered…

Ten years after war, Iraq emerges as a major arms buyer

Ten years after the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein and smashed Iraq’s military, the country has become a major buyer of military equipment, spending billions to rebuild its armed forces. In doing so, Iraq has become a customer of some of the same companies that supplied the weapons used to…

Medical advocates battle the AIDS stigma in Morocco’s religious heartlands

“I don’t have anything,” said Asmaa with a sigh as she stepped out of the mobile clinic offering free AIDS tests in Sale, a conservative city in Morocco where the veiled young woman lives. Around 29,000 people are infected with HIV in a country of 33 million, according to estimates…

Pregnant coach and unborn baby dead after college lacrosse team bus crash

The pregnant coach of a Pennsylvania college lacrosse team and her unborn child were among those killed on Saturday after the team’s bus crashed into a tree. CNN reported that Seton Hill University womens’ lacrosse coach Kristina Quigley was six months pregnant when the bus veered off the highway Saturday…

Interpol ratifies arrest warrants in 1994 bombing over Iran’s objections

Interpol said Friday it was not lifting arrest warrants for Iranians suspected of involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, despite Tehran’s steps to co-operate. Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman read from a letter announcing the international police organization’s decision at a press conference.…

Chinese data reveals 330 million abortions in the country since 1971

Nearly 330 million abortions have been performed in China in the 40 years since it first implemented measures to limit population growth in the world’s most populous nation, official data showed. China has announced structural changes to its family planning system which oversees the controversial one-child policy during the ongoing…

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