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Five U.S. troops killed in Afghan roadside blast: officials

A roadside bomb killed five US troops in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Saturday, provincial officials said. “Five American soldiers were killed at about noon when their armoured vehicle hit a powerful roadside mine in Maiwand district,” Kandahar police chief General Abdul Razeq told AFP.…

Formula One begins ‘football-style’ crackdown on reckless drivers

Reckless Formula One drivers have been warned that the introduction of a ‘football-style’ penalty points system may lead to them facing race bans in future. Discussions into the viability of a revised punishment system for dangerous or other irregular driving are expected to take place at next weekend’s Spanish Grand…

Middle East grasps for democracy despite ‘Arab Spring’ setbacks

Despite stalled Arab Spring, Muslim nations grasp for democracy (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View Roads in Pakistan’s capital of Islamabad are decorated with posters of candidates taking part in the May 11 election. Candidates restricted their campaigns to corner meetings and social media due to ongoing…

Dollar slips against Euro despite strong U.S. jobs report

The dollar fell against the euro Friday despite a strong US April jobs report that otherwise sent stock markets and oil prices soaring. Analysts said that an increased interest in risk assets in Europe were to blame in part for the sharp reversal of the greenback’s gains that followed the…

Disney pulls out of Bangladesh amid worker safety concerns

The Walt Disney Company pulls out of Bangladesh: Will that make workers safer? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Copyright ImageClick to View A Bangladeshi woman looks at a wall filled with portraits of missing persons near the site of a garment factory that collapsed last week in Savar near Dhaka,…

Suspect in ‘SpyEye’ computer virus case extradited to U.S.

An Algerian sought in connection with the “SpyEye” computer virus designed to steal financial and personal information was extradited by Thailand to the United States to face charges, officials said Friday. The US Justice Department said Hamza Bendelladj, known by his alias “Bx1,” would face charges in federal court in…

Three new cases of SARS-like virus in Saudi Arabia

Three new cases of a new SARS-like virus have been detected in Saudi Arabia, the World Health Organisation reported Friday. “The Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia has informed WHO of an additional three laboratory confirmed cases of infection with the novel coronavirus (nCoV),” the UN body said in a…

Sam Brownback digs in on “Made in Kansas” gun exemption law

As we detailed yesterday, dozens of states are considering bills that attempt to nullify federal gun laws. One such bill became a law last month in Kansas. It exempts “Made in Kansas” guns from federal regulation and makes it a crime for federal agents to enforce federal law. Attorney General…

Drug violence pushes Mexican reporters into hiding, writing under pseudonyms

Facing threats, murder and kidnappings, many Mexican journalists have been forced to go into hiding, while the country’s vicious drug war has driven some newspapers to self-censorship. Some journalists have gone into self-imposed exile abroad while others, like Luis Cardona, a 53-year-old who reported in the flashpoint state of Chihuahua,…

Four Morehouse student athletes charged with two sexual assaults

Four Morehouse College student athletes — three of the college’s basketball players and one of the college’s former football players — are in jail after being charged in connection to two separate sexual assaults, according to a Thursday report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Chukwudi Ndudikwa, Malcolm Jamal Frank and…

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