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General: U.S. may export terror war tactics to fight drug gangs

Drug cartels in Mexico and across South America pose a grave and growing threat to the security of the United States, and Army General Martin Dempsey is well aware of it. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently returned from a tour of South America, during which he…

Woman burnt while handling fuel amid U.K. ‘petrol row’

A woman suffered severe burns after accidentally setting herself on fire as she decanted petrol in her home, firefighters said Friday, days after the government advised motorists to stockpile petrol in case of a strike. The woman, from York, was pouring petrol from one container to another when it ignited and set fire to…

Bin Laden ‘fathered four children while on run’

Osama bin Laden fathered four children as he hid out in Pakistanafter the 9/11 attacks, his youngest wife told interrogators, according to a police report seen by AFP on Friday. Amal Abdulfattah’s account provides rare details of the Al-Qaedaleader’s life from when he fled Afghanistan in late 2001 until his death aged 54 last May…

French police swoop on suspected Islamists

French police swooped down on suspected Islamist networks Friday, arresting 19 people as President Nicolas Sarkozy vowed a crackdown would continue after an extremist gunman’s killing spree. The arrests took place in several cities including Toulouse, whereMohamed Merah was shot dead by police last week after a series of cold-blooded shootings in southwestern France that left…

Suu Kyi says Myanmar polls not completely fair

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Friday that elections in Myanmar would not be “genuinely free and fair”, sounding a note of caution over her landmark bid for a seat in parliament. The Nobel laureate, who spent most of the past 22 years as apolitical prisoner, complained of a…

New torture case rocks Russian police

MOSCOW — Russian investigators on Thursday charged four policemen with asphyxiating a witness using a gas mask as the force reels from a series of torture allegations. The four officers in the southern Siberian city of Novokuznetsk are accused of deliberately causing severe bodily harm and causing the death of…

Former CERN nuclear scientist faces terror trial in France

French-Algerian Adlene Hicheur accused of conspiring to organise attacks with north African wing of al-Qaida A former nuclear scientist at Switzerland’s Cern laboratory, famous for its Hadron collider that aims to recreate the conditions of the big bang, has gone on trial for allegedly plotting terror attacks in France. Adlene…

South Africa mulls new trophy hunt rules to fight rhino poaching

South Africa may impose new limits on trophy hunts as it combats a devastating surge in rhino poaching, with 150 killed illegally so far this year, the environment ministry said Thursday. Big game hunters are allowed to kill a limited number of rhinos every year, with their horns exported as…

Drunken man sings entire ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in police cruiser

Dashcam video posted on YouTube Wednesday captured a drunken man singing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the back of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) cruiser. The man begins by insisting that he had “done nothing wrong” and urging the officer to consider the “brotherhood of man of man on the…

Japan executes first prisoners since 2010

Japan resumed its use of capital punishment after a 20-month break on Thursday, with an unapologetic government minister signing death warrants for three multiple murderers. The convicts went to the gallows on the orders of the justice minister, who said he was acting in line with public opinion, which overwhelmingly supports the death penalty.…

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