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Rwandan genocide suspect pleads for trial delay

Rwandan genocide suspect Leon Mugesera, who was deported by Canada to Kigali after a long legal battle, said Thursday he would appeal a court decision to refuse his request for a further delay of his trial. Mugesera returned to court Thursday after the latest two week adjournment of the trial…

U.S. says China’s human rights record is getting worse

The United States said Thursday that China’s human rights record was getting worse, with authorities stepping up efforts to silence activists and stifle public debate. “In China, the human rights situation deteriorated, particularly the freedoms of expression, assembly, and association,” the State Department said in its annual human rights report…

Pacific hurricane upgraded to category two storm

The first eastern Pacific hurricane of the 2012 season, named Bud, strengthened to a category two storm off the southwestern Mexican coast, the US National Hurricane Center said Thursday. The storm was no immediate threat to land as it roiled the sea some 280 miles (445 kilometers) southwest of the…

Nearly 700 arrested in Quebec student protests

Nearly 700 people were arrested overnight in rowdy demonstrations in Montreal and Quebec over a planned hike in student tuition fees with rocks being hurled at police, a spokesman said Thursday. Police in Montreal had said the unsanctioned protest would be tolerated if there was no trouble but after some…

U.S. drone strike kills 8: Pakistani officials

A US drone strike on Thursday killed eight militants in a Taliban stronghold of Pakistan’s tribal belt, bringing the death toll from such strikes to 12 in two days, Pakistani officials said. “The drone fired two missiles on a house in Hassokhel town,” 25 kilometres (16 miles) east of Miranshah,…

Mountain climber engages in Twitter war with students who had to read his book

Even the most successful authors have to suffer the occasional fit of spite from critics and readers. Few, however, have to contend with the twin indignities of being branded a “crevasse wanker” and having their accounts of preternatural mountain endurance rubbished by sulky teens. Fortunately, as befits a man who…

Chen’s brother flees east China village for Beijing

The brother of a blind Chinese activist who triggered a diplomatic row between Beijing and Washington arrived in the capital Thursday after escaping his heavily guarded home, a rights lawyer said. Chen Guangfu, the elder brother of Chen Guangcheng, fled his home village of Dongshigu in eastern China’s Shandong province…

‘Indecent’ Zuma painting difficult to ban: judge

South African President Jacob Zuma’s bid to ban a painting in which his genitals are exposed on Thursday suffered a setback with a court saying it would not be easy to enforce any order. Satirical artist Brett Murray’s depiction of Zuma in a Vladimir Lenin pose — branded “indecent” by…

2 dead, 7 people hurt in Beirut shootout

Lebanese security forces stormed a building in Beirut early Thursday after a nighttime shootout with gunmen holed up inside a flat, in an incident which left two dead and seven wounded, security sources said. One gunman was killed in the shootout and the body of another man was found inside…

Philippine farmer who shot, ate rare eagle fined

Conservationists on Thursday slammed the “pathetic” fine handed to a Philippine farmer who shot and ate one of the world’s rarest eagles, saying it could embolden other hunters. In the first case brought under the country’s 2001 wildlife act, Bryan Balaon, 26, was fined 100,000 pesos ($2,300), Philippine Eagle Foundation…

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