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Rwandan genocide suspect pleads for trial delay

Rwandan genocide suspect Leon Mugesera, who was deported by Canada to Kigali after a long legal battle, said Thursday he would appeal a court decision to refuse his request for a further delay of his trial. Mugesera returned to court Thursday after the latest two week adjournment of the trial…

New Orleans Times-Picayune ends daily print editions

The Times-Picayune, the largest newspaper in New Orleans, said Thursday it would end daily print publication, moving to a schedule of three issues per week, to adapt to “an increasingly digital age.” The move creates a new company called the NOLA Media Group which will “significantly increase its online news-gathering…

U.S. says China’s human rights record is getting worse

The United States said Thursday that China’s human rights record was getting worse, with authorities stepping up efforts to silence activists and stifle public debate. “In China, the human rights situation deteriorated, particularly the freedoms of expression, assembly, and association,” the State Department said in its annual human rights report…

Pacific hurricane upgraded to category two storm

The first eastern Pacific hurricane of the 2012 season, named Bud, strengthened to a category two storm off the southwestern Mexican coast, the US National Hurricane Center said Thursday. The storm was no immediate threat to land as it roiled the sea some 280 miles (445 kilometers) southwest of the…

Nearly 700 arrested in Quebec student protests

Nearly 700 people were arrested overnight in rowdy demonstrations in Montreal and Quebec over a planned hike in student tuition fees with rocks being hurled at police, a spokesman said Thursday. Police in Montreal had said the unsanctioned protest would be tolerated if there was no trouble but after some…

U.S. drone strike kills 8: Pakistani officials

A US drone strike on Thursday killed eight militants in a Taliban stronghold of Pakistan’s tribal belt, bringing the death toll from such strikes to 12 in two days, Pakistani officials said. “The drone fired two missiles on a house in Hassokhel town,” 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of Miranshah,…

Mountain climber engages in Twitter war with students who had to read his book

Even the most successful authors have to suffer the occasional fit of spite from critics and readers. Few, however, have to contend with the twin indignities of being branded a “crevasse wanker” and having their accounts of preternatural mountain endurance rubbished by sulky teens. Fortunately, as befits a man who…

Los Angeles passes plastic bag ban

The second largest city in the country has voted to adopt a ban on plastic bags in supermarket checkout lines. The Los Angeles city council voted 13-1 on Wednesday to approve a policy that would ban single-use plastic bags, which will be phased out over the next 12 months at…

Heartland faces financial crisis after ill-advised billboard campaign

The ultra-conservative Heartland Institute admitted it was in financial crisis on Wednesday, with the flight of corporate donors making it difficult to pay staff or cover the costs of its annual conference aimed at debunking climate science. In a speech at the close of this year’s climate conference, Heartland’s president,…

Chen’s brother flees east China village for Beijing

The brother of a blind Chinese activist who triggered a diplomatic row between Beijing and Washington arrived in the capital Thursday after escaping his heavily guarded home, a rights lawyer said. Chen Guangfu, the elder brother of Chen Guangcheng, fled his home village of Dongshigu in eastern China’s Shandong province…

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