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Olympics chair says security gaffe won’t jeopardize games

The chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee Sebastian Coe said Sunday that a recruitment shortfall by private security firm G4S would not jeopardize the safety of the Olympic games. G4S chief executive Nick Buckles on Saturday said he was “very sorry” that 3,500 troops had to be drafted in…

Obama admits failure to turn Washington around

WASHINGTON — Elected in 2008 on a “hope and change” mantra and vowing an end to bitter partisan politics, President Barack Obama admitted in remarks released Sunday that he had failed to close the divide. “Washington feels as broken as it did four years ago,” Obama said in an interview…

Honduras counts the human rights cost of America’s war on drugs

The deep bullet wound in Hilda Lezama’s thigh is a livid pointer to Honduras’s unwanted status as the latest front line in America’s war on drugs. For all of her 53 years Lezama has lived in Ahuas, a village of wooden homes built on stilts, close to the fast-flowing Patuca…

Bangladesh convicts more than 250 nurses and patients

A Bangladesh court has jailed more than 250 people including paramilitary guards and male nurses for joining a 2009 mutiny, prosecutors said Sunday. Scores of senior army officers were killed during the uprising that began when soldiers at the Bangladeshi Rifles (BDR) headquarters in the capital Dhaka went on a…

France’s far-right to sue Madonna over swastika video

PARIS — France’s far-right National Front said Sunday it plans to sue Madonna over a video at the US pop star’s concert in France showing party leader Marine Le Pen with a swastika on her forehead. “We cannot accept such an odious comparison,” National Front vice-president Florian Philippot said, adding…

Obama delay ‘unacceptable’: Syrian opposition

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama must not wait until his re-election bid is resolved to take action to stop the slaughter of thousands in Syria, the head of the main Syrian opposition group said Sunday. “We would like to say to President Obama that waiting for election day to…

Indiana prosecutor accused of silencing Chinese woman on murder charge

Prosecutors in Indiana are being accused of trying to muzzle and intimidate a Chinese woman who has been charged with murder and attempted foeticide after she attempted to kill herself by eating rat poison while eight months pregnant. Bei Bei Shuai’s lawyer, Linda Pence, has filed papers with the Indiana…

Florida gets access to federal database for voter purge

The federal government will allow Florida elections officials to use a law enforcement database to purge non-citizens from the voting roster, according to CNN. An agreement with the Department of Homeland Security will give Florida access to the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE), which is typically used to gauge…

Joe Paterno loses his halo

A famous mural on the campus of Penn State University is making several alterations reflecting the results of the report detailing its’ leaders’ failure to prevent Jerry Sandusky’s crimes, NBC News reports. Among the university luminaries seen on the mural on the university bookstore are former university president Graham Spanier…

McCartney & Springsteen run afoul of London curfew

Aging rockers Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney were silenced on Saturday night after over-running at a gig in London’s Hyde Park. Ex-Beatle McCartney had joined Springsteen onstage at the end of the US star’s headline slot at Hard Rock Calling, but both found their microphones cut off before they could…

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