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Rwandan woman stripped of U.S. citizenship after lying about role in genocide

Beatrice Munyenyezi had been given asylum but now faces up to 10 years in prison and deportation for making false statements A Rwandan woman who won political asylum in the US after hiding her family’s role in the 1994 genocide has been convicted in a New Hampshire court of lying…

After bail, what’s next for Pistorius?

South Africa’s “Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius was freed on stringent bail terms Friday to await trial for killing his model girlfriend, a victory in the first of many legal battles that lie ahead for the sprinter. The 26-year-old paralympic star now faces a gruelling legal marathon that could last years,…

Thousands riot in Bangladesh over writings of ‘atheist bloggers’

DHAKA — Bangladesh police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Friday in fierce clashes with conservatists demanding the execution of bloggers they accused of blasphemy, killing one person and injuring around 100. Parts of central Dhaka turned into a battlefield as protesters attacked police with bricks and sticks in front…

DOJ to join suit against Armstrong over Postal Service sponsorship

The US Department of Justice decided Friday to join a doping lawsuit filed by one of Lance Armstrong’s former teammates alleging that the disgraced cycling champion defrauded government sponsors. NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported the government will add its weight to the suit and claim that Armstrong…

Supersonic skydiver’s record confirmed

Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner broke three world records when he jumped from the edge of space in October, the World Air Sports Federation confirmed on Friday. The Swiss-based federation, also known as the FAI, said Baumgartner notched up the world’s maximum vertical speed record, as well as the highest exit…

Experts: Florida’s Medicaid turnaround paves the way for Obamacare

Obamacare supporters say Rick Scott’s decision to back expansion of Medicaid is likely to pressure others to follow suit Supporters of Barack Obama‘s health reforms are hailing Florida governor Rick Scott’s decision to abandon his opposition to a core provision of Obamacare as a “tipping point” likely to force the hand of other…

Miami art dealer auctioning Banksy mural says he’s ‘scapegoated’ over its disappearance

Mural ‘disappeared’ under mysterious circumstances, but Frederic Thut insists it wasn’t stolen and says sale will go ahead The owner of a Florida art house handling the controversial auction of a Banksy mural prised from a North London wall has spoken out to claim he is being unfairly scapegoated and insists the sale is…

Paralympic icon Pistorius granted bail by South African magistrate

PRETORIA – Paralympic icon Oscar Pistorius was granted bail by a South African magistrate on Friday, pending a high-profile trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pretoria magistrate Desmond Nair ruled Pistorius was not a flight risk and does not pose a danger to society after an emotionally charged four-day…

China detains general’s son on suspicion of gang rape

China has detained the 17-year-old son of a general on suspicion of involvement in a gang rape, reports said Friday, the latest allegation against the privileged children of officials to spark public outrage. Li Tianyi, the son of general Li Shuangjiang — a popular singer and household name in the…

Two rare Malayan sun bears found in abandoned Cambodian garment factory

Two rare Malayan sun bears have been rescued in Cambodia after being discovered in an abandoned garment factory, a zoo official said Friday. The male and female bears were rescued by officials from the Phnom Tamao Zoo and the Wildlife Alliance, who found them in the factory in southern Kandal…

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