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IMF chief to face court grilling in corruption probe

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been summoned to appear before a court investigating alleged corruption during her time as a French government minister, her lawyer said Thursday. Lagarde has been ordered to appear before the court at the end of May to answer questions over her role in a scandal…

Transgender candidates stake claim in Pakistan vote

Stereotyped as dancers, beggars and prostitutes, Pakistan’s vibrant but shunned transgender community is striking out into politics with individuals contesting elections for the first time. They may only be seven out of 23,000 candidates with little chance of getting elected, but they have livened up an otherwise lacklustre campaign and…

Egypt’s Mubarak goes back to prison

Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was transferred Thursday from a military hospital back to prison to await a retrial in May over his role in the deaths of protesters in 2011, a security source said. Mubarak was taken by ambulance to Tora prison under heavy security escort, the source told…

Pakistan court orders Musharraf’s arrest

A Pakistani court on Thursday ordered the arrest of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for sacking judges when in power in 2007, a spokesman for his party said. The retired general immediately left the court premises in Islamabad, driving away in a convoy escorted by his bodyguards to an unknown…

Psy’s ‘Gentleman’ video praised and banned

“Gangnam Style” star Psy was praised by South Korea’s president and slammed by its state broadcaster all on the same day Thursday, as his new song “Gentleman” made more than just musical waves. While President Park Geun-Hye cited Psy’s “exemplary” respect for copyright principles, KBS television banned the “Gentleman” music…

North Korea lists conditions for talks

North Korea laid out conditions Thursday for any talks with Seoul or Washington, including the withdrawal of UN sanctions and a guaranteed end to South Korea-US joint military drills. “If the US and the South enemies… genuinely want dialogue and negotiation, they should take these steps,” the North’s National Defence…

Kerry blames Iran for attack on Iraq camp

US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed the Iranian government for a deadly attack on an opposition camp in Iraq, and voiced fears of another assault. “We are deeply engaged in this. I am very concerned about the potential of another attack,” Kerry told US lawmakers when asked about the…

Using social pressure to drive voter turnout often backfires, study finds

Research published in the May issue of American Politics Research has confirmed what many have already suspected. Attempting to increase voter turnout through the use of social pressure can be a harmful campaign strategy, resulting in backlash against the candidate. “Efforts to motivate positive social behavior by using social pressure…

Juror faces contempt charge over Facebook post

A juror will be prosecuted for contempt of court after allegedly writing on Facebook that he wanted to “fuck up a paedophile” during the trial of a convicted child sex offender. Kasim Davey was discharged as a juror in the trial in December when he wrote on Facebook: “Woooow I…

A look at the key senators who killed the background checks amendment

The senators, Democrat and Republican, who killed the bipartisan compromise amendment on background checks for gun sales explained their opposition in terms of principle. But gun reformers will view it more as political cowardice on the part of politicians fearful of damaging their re-election chances. The vote was on a…

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