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Ex-IMF head Strauss-Kahn denounces treatment in U.S. rape case

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn said the legal principle of being innocent until proven guilty was violated in the sex scandal that brought him down. Strauss-Kahn told CNN he was still angry with the US justice system over his treatment in 2011 when he was paraded before TV cameras in…

Amnesty International asks Egyptian army to stop using ‘disproportionate force’

Amnesty International said on Wednesday it had evidence pointing to the “disproportionate” use of lethal force by Egyptian security forces, and called for them to be reined in to avoid “disaster”. The claim by the human rights watchdog comes two days after at least 51 people, most of them supporters…

Boston bombing suspect Tsarnaev to appear in court Wednesday

The shaggy-haired US university student charged with detonating bombs that killed three people at the Boston Marathon makes his first court appearance Wednesday. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will come face-to-face with people injured in two thunderous blasts carried out April 15 with two rigged pressure cookers when he steps into the federal…

Asiana pilot ‘couldn’t see runway’ before San Francisco crash

The flight crew of the Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 that crashed at San Francisco Airport couldn’t see the runway just seconds before the accident, given how far the plane was out of position, US investigators said. With attention focused on whether human error caused the aircraft to slam into the…

Study: Pianists have greater desire to learn but feel less competent than guitarists

Two musical instruments — guitars and pianos — have their own unique sounds and methods of play. But do the two instruments also have their own unique motivational factors? Research published online June 20 in Psychology of Music has shed light on some interesting similarities and differences between guitarists and…

30,000 California inmates launch hunger strike against ‘state-sanctioned torture’

An estimated 30,000 inmates in jails across California are participating in a hunger strike to protest against solitary confinement and other conditions they say amount to torture. Prisoners refused meals for a second day on Tuesday in about two dozen jails, signalling what was thought to be the biggest protest…

Wave of disbelief hits U.S. as Obama names broccoli as his favorite food

Michelle Obama’s healthy eating campaign is clearly hitting close to home. President Barack Obama on Tuesday sung the praises of broccoli, snubbing the cheeseburgers, hot dogs, pork chops and pumpkin pies he has munched to show common man credentials on the campaign trail. The slim line Obama was asked by…

Ultra-Orthodox Israelis attack ultra-Orthodox soldier in Jerusalem

Israeli police on Tuesday rescued an ultra-Orthodox soldier who was attacked by a group of his coreligionists in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighbourhood, a spokesman said. “Police rescued an ultra-Orthodox soldier who had taken refuge inside a building in Mea Shearim after being attacked by dozens of haredim,” police spokesman Micky…

Tropical storm Erick leaves two dead and two missing in Mexico

At least two people died and two more remained missing after tropical storm Erick grazed Mexico’s Pacific coast before weakening into a tropical depression, authorities said Tuesday. Erick, which reached the level of a category one hurricane on Saturday but never made landfall, forced 5,000 people to flee to shelters…

Archaeologists find unique sphinx dedicated to Egyptian ruler Mycerinus

Part of an ancient Egyptian king’s unique sphinx was unveiled at a dig in northern Israel on Tuesday, with researchers struggling to understand just how the unexpected find ended up there. The broken granite sphinx statue — including the paws and some of the mythical creature’s forearms — displayed at…

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