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MS-13 gang labeled ‘transnational criminal group’ by Treasury Dept. –a first for U.S. street gang

MS-13 gang labeled transnational criminal group, a first for US street gang For the first time, a street gang operating in the United States has been officially designated a transnational criminal organization, empowering officials to more aggressively target the group, Mara Salvatrucha MS-13, which engages in the drug, sex, and…

Experts say Lance Armstrong could still be prosecuted

It may require years of legal argument and enormous financial cost, but Lance Armstrong could yet be forced into court on charges that he lied when he denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs. The 41-year old former cyclist, whose seven Tour de France wins and cancer charity made him a global…

U.S. fiscal deficit takes a sharp drop in 2012

The US budget deficit fell sharply in just-ended fiscal 2012 to $1.1 trillion, but remained at an uncomfortably high ratio to the size of the economy, the Treasury reported Friday. The fiscal shortfall topped $1 trillion for the fourth straight year, but dropped from $1.3 trillion in 2011, as the…

Asia’s first gay sports tournament begins in Nepal

Hundreds of athletes Friday took part in Asia’s first-ever sports tournament for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, organisers said. The three-day event at the national football stadium and other venues around Kathmandu kicked off with a football match between local teams. The tournament features basketball,…

Space shuttle Endeavour makes final journey — by road

The US space shuttle Endeavour began its final journey Friday, at the less-than rocket-propelled speed of 2 mph (3.2 kmh), in a meticulously planned trip through the streets of Los Angeles. Some 400 trees have had to be cut down — provoking mild protests from locals — and power lines…

Cuban Missile Crisis: U-2 flight that nearly sparked war

At 9:09 am on October 27, 1962, Major Rudolf Anderson climbed into the cockpit of his U-2 spy plane for a flight that nearly triggered a nuclear apocalypse. Five days earlier, president John F. Kennedy had revealed evidence that the Soviets had deployed nuclear missiles in Cuba, setting off a…

Rats recruited to sniff out TB in Mozambique

A group of trained rats is on its way to Mozambique to help the country’s over-stretched health system detect tuberculosis in patients, officials said Friday. The authorities have enlisted the much-maligned rodents to help sniff out the disease, after Mozambique’s first lady learned of their success in neighbouring Tanzania. “We…

First abortion clinic to open in Ireland next week

Northern Ireland’s first abortion clinic to open (via AFP) The first abortion clinic in Northern Ireland will open next week amid fears it will attract protests along the lines of violent opposition to similar facilities in some US states. The privately-run clinic in Belfast will be run by the Marie…

Activists leaping to the defense of online ‘trolls’ in the UK

For many they are the scourge of the Internet, but rights campaigners in Britain are increasingly leaping to the defence of online “trolls” amid a string of criminal trials over tweets and Facebook posts. Prosecutors are to revamp their approach to cases involving social media following an outcry over freedom…

Pizza deliverer killed in Mexico for being 40 minutes late

A furious client killed a pizza delivery man in Mexico for being 40 minutes late, authorities said Thursday. The victim’s body, eyes blindfolded and hands bound, was found Monday in the town of Tetla, some 140 kilometers (90 miles) east of Mexico City, said the public prosecutor’s office in Tlaxcala…

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