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French gunman’s brother ‘proud’ of sibling

The older brother of the French gunman who killed seven people said he was “proud” of his sibling and was present when he stole a scooter used to stage three deadly attacks, police said Saturday. The killer Mohamed Merah’s brother Abdelkader was transferred Saturday along with his girlfriend from the…

Transplant recipient testifies in Kosovo organs case

A Canadian witness told a trial over alleged illegal organ trafficking in Kosovo how he received a kidney at the Medicus clinic — and may even have flown in with his young Russian donor. Raul Fain, 66, testifying by video link from Ontario, Canada, told the court Friday he had…

Sgt. Robert Bales charged with 17 counts of murder in Afghan massacre

The sergeant who is alleged to have engaged in a masscre of Afghan civilians during a nighttime attack on March 11 has been charged with seventeen counts of premeditated murder, as well as counts of assault and attempted murder against six additional victims who survived their wounds. At least nine…

Oops! Kuwait band plays ‘Borat’ spoof instead of Kazakh national anthem

ALMATY, Kazakhstan — Kazakhstan’s shooting team demanded an apology from Kuwait after a spoof national anthem from the satirical movie ‘Borat’ was played at a medal ceremony instead of the official version. The blunder took place as Maria Dmitrienko stood on top of the podium to celebrate her gold medal…

Albanian LGBT to stage first gay pride march

Albanian gay organisations on Friday announced plans to hold the country’s first ever gay pride parade in Tirana on May 17, a move immediately slammed by a government minister. “May 17 will be a special day … the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) flag will be raised for the…

Pregnant girlfriend to posthumously marry French gunman’s victim

The pregnant girlfriend of one of the French paratroopers murdered by Mohamed Merah is to be allowed to marry him posthumously, the family’s lawyer Gilbert Gollard said Friday. “We have just obtained from the Elysee (President Nicolas Sarkozy’s office) the authorisation for Abel Chennouf’s girlfriend to marry posthumously,” Collard said.…

World Bank nominee raps, dreamed of being a star quarterback

Singing rap, citing Buddhist teachings, and once dreaming of being a sports star, the likely next head of the World Bank may not be widely known — but he’s no faceless bureaucrat. Korean-born Jim Yong Kim is the president of Ivy League Dartmouth College, a medical doctor and, above all,…

Baggage handlers’ strike disrupts Air Canada flights

Canadian airline baggage handlers walked out on strike Friday despite a government ban on the labor action, forcing Air Canada to cancel or delay dozens of flights. “Due to illegal work action by Air Canada ground handling employees in Toronto and Montreal, Air Canada is experiencing delays and some cancellations…

Amnesty International said Palestinian hunger striker risks death

Amnesty International on Friday urged Israeli authorities to release Palestinian prisoner Hanaa al-Shalabi who has been on hunger strike for more than a month, saying she was “at risk of death.” The watchdog said Shalabi should be “immediately” released or charged “with a recognisable criminal offence” and “promptly” put on…

European Union blacklists Assad family

The European Union has sought to punish the family of Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, blacklisting his wife, mother, sister, and sister-in-law and freezing their assets. But it was unclear how the symbolic move aimed at curbing the luxury lifestyle of the Assad dynasty would affect Asma al-Assad, the president’s wife…

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