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Five accused in Delhi gang-rape case plead not guilty

Five men accused of the savage gang-rape and murder of an Indian student pleaded not guilty on Saturday in a case that shocked the nation and sparked huge demonstrations, one of their lawyers said. The 23-year-old physiotherapy student was brutally assaulted in mid-December on a New Delhi bus she had…

French same-sex marriage law clears first hurdle

France’s National Assembly on Saturday overwhelmingly approved the first and most important article of a controversial law that will allow gay couples to get married and adopt children. Deputies voted 249-97 in favour of article one of the draft legislation, which redefines marriage as being an agreement between two people…

Washington Post joins list of U.S. media allegedly hacked by Chinese military

The Washington Post disclosed on Saturday that it had suffered a cyberattack and suspects Chinese hackers were behind it, joining Twitter and major US media outlets that have endured intrusions. The Post said in a front page story that the attack was detected in 2011. It said Post company officials…

Yiddish newspaper gives ‘dying’ language new life

It’ll be computer scrolling, not ancient scrolls, for Jewish culture lovers when the world’s most famous Yiddish newspaper relaunches its website Monday in a bid to stave off extinction. Forverts, founded in 1897 when Yiddish-speaking Jews from Eastern Europe were pouring into America, has been shrinking relentlessly in recent decades…

Scientists explain how an owl rotates its head

US medical specialists from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore have figured out how owls can almost fully rotate their heads – by as much as 270 degrees in either direction. The birds do so while hunting without damaging the delicate blood vessels in their necks and heads, and without cutting…

Ex-first dog Barney Bush dead at 12

Former first dog Barney, George W. Bush’s black Scottish terrier has died at the age of 12 after losing a battle to lymphoma, the ex-president said. A fixture throughout the presidential grounds during Bush’s 2001-2009 term, Barney had starred in “Barney Cam” holiday specials in which he gave a dog’s…

Palestinians evicted from West Bank protest camp

Palestinians and activists were on Saturday forcefully removed from a new camp near a West Bank village, after a third attempt at the novel form of protest against Jewish settlement. An AFP correspondent said the army used tear gas and violence to remove hundreds of people who had set up…

Hacking incidents ignite fears over China

A series of brazen cyberattacks on America’s most high-profile media outlets has revived concerns over Chinese hackers, who analysts say are likely linked to the secretive Beijing government. The attacks, part of a string of incidents traced back to Chinese servers associated with previous intrusions, underscore an urgent need for…

Iran unveils futuristic-looking warplane

Iran on Saturday unveiled a fighter jet it said was designed and built domestically, with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad touting it as “one of the most advanced” aircraft in the world. State television footage showed the grey, futuristic-looking aircraft, code-named Qaher (Conqueror) F-313, displayed in a hangar. The warplane “is among…

Retired LA Cardinal Roger Mahony claims he didn’t know how to deal with sex abuse claims

A US Catholic cardinal stripped of his duties said Friday he didn’t know how to handle sex abuse claims, as he had not learned about it at college—drawing withering criticism from victims. Retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony wrote on his blog that he was not taught about child sexual…

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