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Abuse at Ecuadorian ‘gay conversion’ facilities shocks authorities

Sent to a center offering to “cure” her attraction to women, Denisse Freire was raped and tortured — in a practice Ecuadoran authorities admit has been tolerated for too long. The country of 15.8 million people has at least 80 unlicensed drug and alcohol rehab clinics, many that are also…

Friends defend suspect driver in Spanish train disaster

Some paint him as a reckless man who boasted about driving his Spanish trains at massive speed, before crashing one, leaving 78 people dead and 178 injured. Francisco Jose Garzon Amo’s friends and neighbours tell a different story. The grey-haired driver has not appeared in public since he was helped…

Kerry asks Egyptian leaders to pull country ‘back from the brink’

By Arshad Mohammed and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Egypt’s leaders must pull their country “back from the brink,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday, saying Egypt was at a pivotal moment after the killing of dozens of protesters. Egyptian security forces shot dead dozens of supporters…

NBC announces Hillary Clinton biographical mini-series

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – NBC plans to air a four-hour miniseries starring Diane Lane as former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton, part of the broadcast TV network’s strategy to improve its ratings by luring viewers to one-time event programming. The part of Bill Clinton…

Russian developer uses aircraft carrier for game based on Cuban Missile Crisis

Russian video game publisher 1C Company boarded a former US aircraft carrier to re-write the Cuban Missile Crisis that had super powers on the brink of nuclear war in 1962. The tense Cold War stand-off has an apocalyptic outcome in the “Nuclear Union” computer game showcased late Thursday amid vintage…

Fort Hood shooting suspect apologizes for ‘illegal and immoral aggression’ against Muslims

(Reuters) – Accused Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Hasan said on Saturday that the United States military is engaged in a war with the Muslim religion, and he apologized for having participated in what he called “illegal and immoral aggression” against Muslims. In quotes published by Fox News from a…

Young Catholics flood Rio’s streets after Pope Francis speech

Heeding Pope Francis’ call to shake up the Church, hundreds of thousands of young Catholics marched across Rio on Saturday, singing, beating drums and chanting “this is the pope’s youth!” They waved flags from around the world — Brazil, Australia, South Africa, the United States — and pitched tents on…

Kenya’s elephants may vanish in 10 years, warns prominent naturalist

A Kenya Wildlife Service officer holds an elephant ivory tusk, as they are displayed outside the Port of Mombasa’s police station, in Mombasa, Kenya, earlier this month, after a container ship containing more than 440 pieces…  …

More than 1,000 escape in Libya prison break: security

More than 1,000 inmates, mostly common law offenders, escaped during a prison riot and attack on Saturday in the restive Libyan city of Benghazi, a security official told AFP. “There was a riot inside Al-Kuifiya prison, as well as an attack from outside. More then 1,000 prisoners escaped. Special forces…

CAR: Raped, plundered and ignored

The Central African Republic is all but lawless, with just 200 police to guard 4.6m people from rebel gangs who attack women, kill men and recruit children at will. Despite repeated warnings, the international community has done little, even as arms continue to flood into the country It was dusk…

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