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Dominique Strauss-Kahn diplomatic immunity ruling expected in New York Tuesday

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was to learn Tuesday in New York whether his claim to diplomatic immunity will allow him to escape a civil suit over alleged sexual assault. The suit was lodged against Strauss-Kahn by Manhattan hotel maid Nafissatou Diallo, who alleges the French politician forced her into…

First woman convicted of Bosnia war crimes

A Bosnian Muslim former soldier on Monday became the first woman to be convicted of war crimes by a local court after admitting killing Croat civilians and prisoners during the 1990s war. “Rasema Handanovic participated with other members of her unit in the executions of three civilians and three soldiers…

Pakistani widow of man shot by CIA contractor killed by her father for refusing to marry

The widow of a Pakistani man shot dead by a CIA contractor last year in an incident that sparked a major crisis in American-Pakistani relations, was killed by her father on Monday for refusing to remarry, police said. Zahra Faizan, 24, and her 50-year-old mother, Nabeela Shehzad, were allegedly shot…

Court overturns British standard on Olympic doping

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday ruled the British Olympic Association’s (BOA) lifetime ban on drugs cheats failed to comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code. CAS’s decision gives the green light to the likes of British sprinter Dwain Chambers and cyclist David Millar, previously guilty…

European unemployment has risen two-thirds since 2010: Report

Unemployment has risen in two-thirds of European countries since 2010 as austerity hit growth and jobs, the International Labour Organisation has said. In its annual world of work report, the Geneva-based ILO warned that the weaknesses in the labour market were becoming ingrained, with high levels of long-term and youth…

Liberian journalist threatened, hiding in U.S. after reporting on genital mutilation

Liberian journalist Mae Azango’s courageous reporting on female genital mutilation in her country helped to ignite an international controversy. But she had to go into hiding following threats and is now on a visit to the United States. Her 8 March article, “Growing pains: Sande tradition of genital cutting threatens…

Man offers plan to build Titanic II

One of Australia’s richest men, Clive Palmer, on Monday unveiled plans to build a 21st century version of the doomed Titanic in China, with its first voyage from England to New York set for 2016. Palmer, a self-made mining billionaire, said he had commissioned state-owned Chinese company CSC Jinling Shipyard to construct Titanic II with the same dimensions…

Australia to protect most vulnerable koalas

Australia moved on Monday to protect its most vulnerable koalas, listing the much-loved furry tree-dwellers as a threatened species in parts of the country. Environment Minister Tony Burke said the most at-risk koalas needed to be on the national list of threatened species, and populations in New South Wales, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory would…

Spain falls back into recession

Spain has tipped back into recession, official data showed Monday, grim news for a cash-strapped economy hobbled by rising debt, soaring unemployment and deeply troubled banks. Spain’s gross domestic product shrank by 0.3 percent in the first quarter of 2012, equalling the slump in the final quarter of 2011, according to preliminary data from…

Rebel chief Kony ‘in Sudan-S.Sudan border areas’

Fugitive rebel warlord Joseph Kony is operating in volatile border areas between Sudan and South Sudan, as well as the Central African Republic, Uganda’s army chief said Monday. Kony, originally from Uganda, is based in remote regions between CAR, South Sudan’s Western Bahr el-Ghazal state, and Sudan’sSouth Darfur state, said Aronda Nyakairima, Uganda’s chief of defence forces. “The last…

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