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11 now investigated in Secret Service scandal

The US military said Friday it is now investigating 11 service members linked to the growing sex scandal in Colombia that has rocked the president’s Secret Service. The Pentagon had initially said five troops were implicated and later said there were 10 suspects. “I can tell you now, based on…

Mexico’s Senate passes climate change bill

Mexico’s Senate has unanimously passed a climate change bill aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2050, following Britain in creating legally binding emissions goals. The law — approved late Thursday and which still needs to be signed by President Felipe Calderon — seeks to promote policies and…

Moroccan activists look to repeal law that encourages rapists to marry victims

The suicide of a Moroccan teen who was forced to marry her rapist has sparked outraged calls for reform, but the weight of tradition and the inertia of the justice system can make change slow here. Amina Al Filali, a 16-year-old girl from the northern village of Larache, drank rat…

Al-Qaeda clashes with Yemen military kill 34

Clashes between Al-Qaeda militants and the army in Yemen’s restive south killed 34 people, mostly jihadists, as soldiers advanced on the city of Zinjibar, the defence ministry said on Friday. “Eighteen Al-Qaeda militants were killed and dozens wounded while the rest fled” the clashes on the outskirts of the extremists’…

Iranian diplomat accused of child molestation in Brazil

An Iranian diplomat is facing child abuse allegations in Brasilia after angry parents at a local swimming pool accused him of fondling girls between the ages of 9 and 15. The diplomat was arrested by Brazilian police at the weekend shortly after the incident but his diplomatic immunity secured his…

Parents cleared of 4 month old’s death ask for inquiry

A couple who were falsely accused of murdering their four-month-old son called on Friday for an inquiry into two hospitals that treated him, saying they believe that quicker action by medics might have saved the child’s life. Rohan Wray, 22, and Chana Al-Alas, 19, were accused of killing baby Jayden…

Japan all-girl group ad ‘encourages homosexuality’

A commercial showing members of wildly popular all-girl band AKB48 passing bite-sized candies seductively from mouth-to-mouth is under fire in Japan for encouraging homosexuality. The advertisement, which aired in March, shows the school uniform-clad young women — all in their late teens or early 20s — intimately exchanging the sweet, with the close-up footage slowing…

‘I am not a psychiatric case,’ Breivik tells court

Norwegian right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik, who is on trial for killing 77 people last July, insisted to an Oslo court Friday that he is sane. “I am not a psychiatric case,” Breivik told the court when questioned by a lawyer for the plaintiffs about his understanding of “empathy”, insisting “I…

Black firefighter tasered as he tried to help police

A black firefighter has said he was assaulted, shot with a stun gun and arrested as he tried to help police while he was off-duty, in the latest racism allegation against Scotland Yard. Edric Kennedy-Macfoy, 28, made a formal complaint after the incident in the early hours of September 4, in which he…

Two Tibetans set themselves on fire in China

BEIJING — Two more Tibetans have set themselves on fire in a restive southwestern region of China, a rights group said, the latest in a wave of such protests against Beijing’s rule. The incidents occurred Thursday in the Tibetan prefecture of Aba in a rugged area of China’s Sichuan province,…

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