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Judge throws out Roman cat-swinging case

A man who was accused of swinging a cat by its tail in the street saw the case against him thrown out of court on Friday because of a lack of evidence. Riain Richards from Ramsgate in Kent was accused of having swung two-year-old Mowgli around roughly 17 times in…

Al-Qaeda claims 2 suicide bombings in Yemen

Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for two suicide bombings on May 25 against Shiite Zaidi rebels in northern Yemen, in a statement posted Friday on jihadist websites. “Two lions of Islam carried out two operations in Saad and Al-Jawf provinces,” mostly under rebel control, it said. “Our battle against the crusaders and…

U.S. military further investigating crass treatment of bodies in Afghanistan

The US military said Friday it was probing allegations of further misconduct by a Marine unit in Afghanistan that triggered outrage after members were seen in a video urinating on bloodstained corpses. US leaders in January condemned the behavior of the Marine unit and promised a full investigation. In the…

U.S. auto sales strong in May

Chrysler and Volkswagen posted nearly 30 percent sales increases for May on Friday and Toyota rebounded 87 percent from its earthquake-forced shutdown a year ago as Detroit proved resistant to the slow US economy. Ford, General Motors and Nissan also reported double-digit increases as May’s figures for the US auto…

Britain’s royal family release home movies

Home movies filmed by Queen Elizabeth are to be released for the first time Friday, giving a glimpse of life behind the scenes at Buckingham Palace and showing a softer side of Britain’s royal family. The informal footage will be screened on Friday evening as part of a tribute documentary…

Developing nations boycott European Union LGBT rights event

The Africa, Caribbean and Pacific group of states boycotted an European Union event Friday because it was due to discuss how to fight discrimination against gay rights. Though some members of the so-called ACP group of 79 nations took part individually in the event titled “Discrimination hampers Development”, the group…

China opens the door to re-starting its nuclear program

Energy-hungry China could restart its nuclear projects, suspended after Japan’s Fukushima disaster in March last year, while new safety standards have been adopted in active plants, the government said. After the Fukushima accident triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami, Beijing announced a review of safety standards and emergency procedures…

World leaders agree Syria is on the brink of civil war

World leaders voiced fears on Friday that Syria stands on the brink of civil war but found little agreement on how to bring it back from the abyss, as 18 more people died in the relentless violence. Talks in Berlin between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin…

Secretary Clinton announces $75 million public-private partnership for maternal health

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday the United States would provide $75 million (60.5 million euros) to a private-public effort to improve the health of mothers and their babies in developing countries. Norway, the host of an international conference focusing on maternal health, said it would join the…

U.S. adds just 69,000 jobs in May, unemployment rises to 8.2 percent

The US economy added a scant 69,000 jobs in May, the lowest number in a year, and the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent, the government said Friday. The dismal report signaled that the much hoped-for recovery in the job market has stalled and fueled speculation that it may prompt…

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