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WikiLeaks suspect Manning facing new pre-trial hearing

Lawyers for WikiLeaks suspect Bradley Manning will argue this week that military prosecutors must show their client intended to give sensitive intelligence to Al-Qaeda when he passed secret documents to the whistleblower website. Manning’s defense attorneys plan to make their case during five days of pre-trial hearings that are due…

Gay superheroes ‘mainstream’ at Comic-Con 2012

And so Comic-Con wraps for another year. As the costumes are packed away, stalls dismantled and banners folded how do you summarise five days of myriad deal-making, networking, announcements, interviews, previews, debates, awards? Short answer: you don’t. The Con, as aficionados call it, defies any overarching narrative. Spider-Man couldn’t weave…

Egypt’s prosecutor orders Mubarak back to prison

Egypt’s prosecutor general on Monday ordered convicted former strongman Hosni Mubarak back to prison nearly a month after he was moved to a military hospital in Cairo after reportedly suffering a stroke. Abdel Meguid Mahmud “has issued an order to transfer former president Hosni Mubarak from the Maadi Armed Forces…

Risks to global growth rising: IMF

The International Monetary Fund stepped up its warnings Monday on risks to the global economy, especially coming from Europe, as it trimmed its growth forecast for the rest of the year. The IMF said the world economy appeared weaker since its assessment just three months ago, and while growth was…

Ron Paul’s trouncing in Nebraska puts convention coup out of reach

Ron Paul: Is it all over for his campaign? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Is it all over for Ron Paul?  The Republican congressman from Texas has doggedly worked his way through the GOP primary/caucus season, unwavering in his conservative-libertarian message, steadily picking up delegates to the August convention as…

Chancellor admits circumcision ban could make Germany ‘laughing stock’

Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel told her party the country risked becoming a “laughing stock” over a court ruling calling religious circumcision a criminal act, according to a report Monday. The mass-circulation daily Bild said in an article to be published Tuesday that Merkel warned the board of her conservative Christian…

Hungary shown ‘new evidence on No 1 Nazi suspect’

The Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Centre has confirmed that Laszlo Csatary, accused of complicity in the killings of 15,700 Jews, had been tracked down to the Hungarian capital. “I confirm that Laszlo Csatary has been identified and found in Budapest,” the centre’s director Efraim Zuroff told AFP. Ten months ago an…

African Union chooses first female leader

A South African politician has become the first female leader of the African Union (AU), ending months of bitter deadlock at the continental body. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa’s home affairs minister, was elected chair of the African Union Commission on Sunday at a summit of heads of state and government…

Drugs arsenal could help end AIDS: WHO

Thirty years into the AIDS epidemic, a cure remains elusive but a growing arsenal of drugs could someday help end new infections, the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS chief says. The key is figuring out how to best manage the latest advances, Gottfried Hirnschall said in an interview with AFP during…

Sri Lankans name new fish genus after atheist Dawkins

Sri Lankan scientists have identified a new genus of fresh water fish and named it after the evolutionary biologist and renowned atheist Richard Dawkins. Lead researcher Rohan Pethiyagoda, 56, said the new genus, named Dawkinsia, comprises nine species that are found only in South Asia and are characterised by long…

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