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Autistic London teen wins damages over police restraint

An autistic teenager with epilepsy won damages on Wednesday from the Metropolitan Police after he was forced into handcuffs and leg restraints during a school trip in what the High Court ruled was an “assault”. Police used “wholly inappropriate” restraint in their “over-hasty and ill-informed” response after the young man…

Suspected suicide bomb attack at Afghan air force base during Panetta visit

A member of NATO-led forces was injured in an “incident” as US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arrived at a military base in Afghanistan Wednesday, the military said. “At no point was the secretary or anyone on the aircraft in any danger from this incident,” the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)…

Congolese warlord guilty in war crimes court for conscripting children into his rebel army

The International Criminal Court on Wednesday convicted Congolese militia chief Thomas Lubanga of war crimes for conscripting children into his rebel army, the tribunal’s first ever verdict. Lubanga, 51, was found guilty in The Hague of abducting children as young as 11 and forcing them to fight and commit atrocities…

Moroccan girl commits suicide after being forced to marry her rapist

A 16-year-old Moroccan girl has reportedly killed herself after a judge ordered her to marry the man that raped her. The teen, known only as Amina, ate rat poison after the Tangier judge ruled that her 26-year-old rapist could marry her instead of going to jail, according to the Moroccan…

Pentagon chief laments Koran burning, U.S. shooting

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Wednesday called the Koranburning and killing of 16 Afghans “deeply troubling” incidents that had challenged the war effort in Afghanistan. Visiting Afghanistan just days after a shooting spree by a US soldier, he insisted that NATO and Afghan forces were making progress and had to stay focused on…

Indian guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar wants the Taliban to de-stress

An Indian Hindu guru may be the last emissary the Taliban expect, but Sri Sri Ravi Shankar would love to teach inner peace to the world’s most notorious Islamist insurgents. Visiting Pakistan for the first time in eight years, he basks in the diplomatic rapprochement that made the trip possible…

U.N. nuclear body says aging reactors create safety concerns

VIENNA — Eighty percent of nuclear power plants are more than 20 years old, raising safety concerns, the UN atomic agency warned in a draft report seen by AFP on Tuesday, a year after Japan’s Fukushima disaster. This “could impact safety and their ability to meet member states’ energy requirements…

Briton, two U.S. citizens charged in Iraq kickback scheme

WASHINGTON — Three men, including a British citizen, have been charged with conspiring to defraud the US government over a kickback scheme involving contracts for ammunition disposal in Iraq, according to the US Justice Department. Briton Ahmed Sarchil Kazzaz and his business, Leadstay Company, were charged in federal court in…

George Clooney says Sudan commits ‘war crimes’

NEW YORK — Hollywood heart throb and activist George Clooney on Tuesday said Sudanese government forces are committing war crimes with attacks on civilians — including a rocket strike that he narrowly escaped. “There’s a difference between two armies fighting and what the Geneva Convention calls war crimes,” Clooney told…

Mexico group banned for playing drug songs

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — Authorities in the capital of Mexico’s most violent state, Chihuahua, have indefinitely banned popular music group Los Tigres del Norte for playing drug ballads at a concert. Songs glorifying drug traffickers, known as narcocorridos, have attracted a growing following in recent years from Mexico City to…

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