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Bosnia marks 20 years since war

Thousands of red chairs stood empty along Sarajevo’s main avenue on Friday as Bosnia commemorated the 20th anniversary of the bloodiest conflict in Europe since World War II. A classical orchestra was to play a concert for the 11,541 empty seats, one for each civilian killed in the city in…

Obama hosts screening of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama hosted a screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” a classic tale of racial injustice, at the White House on Thursday, ahead of a 50th anniversary television screening. Obama showed the movie, which is based on the classic novel about Great Depression-era Alabama by Harper…

Court revives Viacom copyright suit against YouTube

SAN FRANCISCO — A US appeals court on Thursday revived a billion-dollar lawsuit filed by entertainment giant Viacom accusing Google-owned website YouTube of knowingly profiting from pirated video clips. The judge handling the appeal reversed a lower court’s decision two years ago to toss out the case, saying “a reasonable…

CIA withheld al-Qaida terrorist plot details from U.K. intelligence

CIA reportedly held back data from MI5 and MI6 in retaliation for UK court disclosing details of Briton held in Guantánamo Bay The UK government has claimed that the US withheld information from MI5 and MI6 about a possible terrorist plot because they feared British courts would reveal evidence of…

Sex offenders booted from videogame playgrounds

NEW YORK — New York State’s top prosecutor on Thursday announced that thousands of sex offenders have been kicked out of online playgrounds popular with young videogame lovers. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that 3,580 accounts belonging to people compelled by law to register with authorities for sex crime convictions…

Mega Millions mystery drags on

BALTIMORE, Maryland — The Mega Millions mystery dragged on Thursday with no one yet coming forward for a share of a world-record $656 million jackpot, even after a Baltimore woman claimed she had a winning ticket. Tickets with the winning combination of 2, 4, 23, 38, 46 plus Mega Ball…

Russian arms smuggler gets 25 years in U.S. prison

NEW YORK — A US judge on Thursday sentenced Russian “merchant of death” arms smuggler Viktor Bout to 25 years in prison for conspiring to sell a massive arsenal to anti-American guerrillas in Colombia. Bout, 45, has been accused of selling arms to despots and insurgency groups embroiled in some…

YouTube signs deal with Paramount Pictures

Web channel wins contract to screen Paramount films in the US and Canada, while UK service blinkbox signs deal with Disney YouTube has reached a deal to screen films from Paramount Pictures in the US and Canada, meaning the web channel now has agreements with all six major Hollywood studios…

French nuclear reactor shut down after fires

RENNES, France — A French nuclear reactor shut down automatically Thursday after two small fires at the installation in the north of the country that firefighters quickly extinguished, officials said. EDF, the operator of the power plant in Penly on the English Channel near the port of Dieppe, said the…

Drug-resistant malaria spreading rapidly in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand

Deadly malaria that is resistant to drug treatment has spread rapidly to the border between Thailand and Myanmar, raising concerns of an uncontrollable epidemic, scientists said Thursday. A pair of studies published in The Lancet and the journal Science showed how the disease is moving fast into new territory and…

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