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Lebanese soccer ref testifies: I got match-fixing instructions via YouTube

A Lebanese football referee jailed for accepting sex in exchange for agreeing to rig matches testified Monday that a Singaporean businessman used YouTube to show him how to fix a game. Ali Sabbagh, speaking on the first day of the trial of Eric Ding Si Yang, said the businessman sent…

South Korea using smartphone app to curb military leaks

South Korea’s defence ministry said on Monday it has ordered its staff to install a smartphone application that restricts key functions like the camera in an attempt to prevent military leaks. The ministry said that, from Monday, its 1,500 staff are no longer allowed to bring smartphones into their offices…

Chinese court compensates rape victim’s mother after labor camp sentencing

A Chinese court awarded damages to the mother of a rape victim after she was sent to a labour camp for demanding her daughter’s attackers be punished, a spokesman said on Monday. Tang Hui, who became a figurehead for critics of the “re-education through labour” system after she was condemned…

Greenpeace activists break into French nuclear power plant

Several dozen Greenpeace activists broke into a nuclear plant in southern France early on Monday, unfurling banners against atomic power, the organisation and police said. The activists snuck into the grounds of the Tricastin plant in the southern Drome region around 5:00 am, Greenpeace and local police said. They hung…

Group laying groundwork for ‘Clinton 2016′ campaign already being offered million-dollar donations

How formidable a potential candidate is Hillary Clinton? A group laying groundwork for her possible 2016 presidential campaign said it is being offered million-dollar donations — before she has even announced a run. “We have turned away seven-figure checks,” Adam Parkhomenko, executive director of Ready For Hillary, told AFP in…

Fraud trial of notorious Ex-Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre begins Monday

The trial of former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre, who is accused of misleading investors about risky assets linked to the US housing market meltdown, starts Monday in New York. Tourre, a 34-year-old Frenchman also known by the nickname “Fabulous Fab,” has been charged with fraud by securities regulators, in…

Man with pellet gun arrested outside of John Kerry’s Boston home

Boston police arrested a man seen photographing the home of US Secretary of State John Kerry, and in possession of a pellet gun in his car. The man was seen taking a picture of a window in Kerry’s home by the diplomatic security guard for the top US diplomat, spokesman…

Hundreds protest in New York over Zimmerman acquittal

Hundreds protested in New York on Sunday against the acquittal of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, a day after his trial for killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin ended in Florida. Many who gathered in Union Square brandished signs bearing a portrait of Martin and some, despite the sweltering July heat,…

Spanish prime minister facing calls to quit amid slush fund scandal

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faced calls to resign Sunday over a slush fund scandal roiling his ruling Popular Party. The issue blew up again after the publication of friendly mobile text messages he purportedly sent to the disgraced treasurer at the heart of the affair. The leader of Spain’s…

Israeli PM warns he may act against Iran without the U.S.

Iran is moving “closer and closer” to building a nuclear weapon and Israel may have to act before the United States does, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday. “They’re edging up to the red line. They haven’t crossed it yet,” Netanyahu said on CBS News’s “Face the Nation.” “They’re…

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