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Thousands join in rallies across the country for Trayvon Martin in wake of Obama’s speech

Civil rights groups mobilized for protests in cities across the United States on Saturday amid charged emotions over the not-guilty verdict in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin. The demonstrations, which began in Miami, come a day after President Barack Obama publicly identified with the slain 17-year-old…

6 Indian men get life in prison for rape, robbery of Swiss tourist

Six men accused in the gang-rape and robbery of a 39-year-old Swiss woman cyclist holidaying in India were sentenced to life terms Saturday by a court in central India. “All the accused have been convicted and we are satisfied with the judgement,” said the public prosecutor in the case, Rajendra…

New case of H7N9 bird flu confirmed in China: Xinhua

A 61-year-old woman from northern China was confirmed Saturday as having contracted the deadly H7N9 bird flu virus, state media reported. The woman, from the city of Langfang in Hebei province, developed a cough and fever on July 10 and four days later was given a diagnosis of severe pneumonia,…

Insecticide in free meal that killed 23 Indian pupils

Oil used to cook a school lunch that led to the deaths of 23 pupils in eastern India contained powerful insecticide, a forensic report said Saturday. The children died after eating lentils, potatoes and rice cooked at the school last Tuesday with oil containing an agricultural insecticide — organophosphorus —…

Long-time White House reporter Helen Thomas dies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who reported on every U.S. president since John Kennedy, died on Saturday at the age of 92, The Gridiron Club and Foundation said. Thomas, who worked the White House beat for 49 years for United Press International and Hearst newspapers, died…

Hong Kong marks 40th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s death

Hailed as cinema’s first martial arts hero and a cinematic bridge between the cultures of East and West, Bruce Lee helped put Hong Kong on the movie world map. So why are some in the city marking the 40th anniversary of his death in a toilet? “In 1958, Bruce Lee…

Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia sparks global outrage

From a painting hung high on a blood-red wall, Adolf Hitler peers down on young students eating schnitzel and slurping German beer in Indonesia’s Nazi-themed cafe. The SoldatenKaffee (“The Soldiers’ Cafe”) opened its doors in the western Javanese city of Bandung in 2011, named after the popular hangout for soldiers…

KBR must face lawsuit over alleged kickbacks from military contracts: court

By Jessica Dye (Reuters) – The government can pursue “enhanced” penalties from Houston-based defense contractor KBR Inc over allegations that employees took kickbacks involving military contracts in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruling reinstates…

Woman dies riding roller coaster at Texas amusement park

By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) – A woman died on Friday following an accident on a roller coaster at the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park in Arlington, the park operator said. The unidentified woman was riding the Texas Giant roller coaster ride at the park in Arlington, about…

Colombia’s FARC rebels holding U.S. soldier they willing to release

By Nelson Bocanegra BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s FARC rebels said late on Friday they were holding a U.S. soldier captured on June 20, but were willing to release him to a humanitarian commission as they pursue peace talks with the government. The FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, said…

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