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International Criminal Court hands out 14 year jail sentence for Congolese warlord

The International Criminal Court jailed Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga for 14 years Tuesday for using child soldiers in his rebel army, the first sentence to be handed down by the world’s only permanent war crimes tribunal. Rights groups welcomed the sentence as sending a strong signal against the use of…

Indian court grants bail to female athlete charged with rape

An Indian court granted bail on Tuesday to a female international athlete charged with raping her former lover who has alleged that she is actually a man. Pinki Pramanik, who retired in 2007 after winning a team gold in the 4x400m relay at the 2006 Asian Games, underwent a gender…

Judge approves rooftop Olympic missiles for London apartment building

A High Court judge has ruled that the British army will be allowed to install high-velocity missiles on the roof of a high-rise building to provide security during the London Olympics later this month. Tenants in the Fred Wigg Tower public housing project had argued that the missile installations endangered…

Russia vows to open up Arctic to oil and natural gas drilling

President Vladimir Putin vowed on Tuesday to conquer ever broader expanses of the Arctic for Russia’s oil and natural gas giants while inviting foreign majors to take part in the development boom. Russia’s dominant leader invited both senior executives and ministers to the first major meeting devoted to energy since…

Russian Wikipedia shuts down in protest of Internet censorship bill

The Russian-language Wikipedia website shut down for a day Tuesday and symbolically blacked out its logo in protest at a bill that would allow the state to block access to blacklisted websites. “Imagine a world without free knowledge,” it said in a statement on its otherwise white main page, saying…

Brazilian female supercop turns tables on violent gang that kidnapped her

Kidnapped in a Rio favela five years ago, Brazilian policewoman Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo turned the tables on her abductors and arrested them. Now, she is spearheading efforts to turn the slums around in time for the city to host the 2014 World Cup. “We succeeded in turning a place…

Probe finds ‘shocking’ abuse in Australian military

A damning report on the Australian military on Tuesday detailed 24 allegations of rape that never went to trial and other claims that Defence Minister Stephen Smith admitted would “shock” people. The report was commissioned by the government last year following the so-called Skype scandal, when footage of a young…

Nigeria Islamists claim weekend funeral carnage

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists on Tuesday claimed a weekend attack at a graveyard in central Plateau state that killed at least 22 people, but police insisted another group was responsible. After the raid that also left two prominent politicians dead, officials and police blamed Fulani herdsmen, a majority Muslim group…

Japan wants post-Fukushima export curbs lifted

Japan pressed Southeast Asian nations on Tuesday to lift curbs on its exports imposed after last year’s earthquake and subsequent Fukushima nuclear disaster. Speaking at a regional summit, Tsuyoshi Michael Yamaguchi, Japan’s senior vice-minister for foreign affairs, called for a review of restrictions introduced amid fears some agricultural produce could…

France’s Hollande in London for tricky talks

French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday began his first official visit to Britain, where he will hold talks with David Cameron aimed at smoothing over recent differences. The Socialist leader arrived on a French military jet at the RAF Northolt airbase in London for the one-day visit, during which he…

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