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Former French minister charged with rape

PARIS — A former French minister and mayor with the ruling party has been charged with rape after accusations he sexually assaulted women working for him at city hall, prosecutors said Wednesday. Georges Tron, formerly a junior civil service minister from President Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP party, is facing charges of…

LulzSec: Arrested hacker not ours

The British teenager arrested Monday night on suspicion of being associated with hacking group LulzSec is not a part of the organization, they said on Twitter Tuesday. “Seems the glorious leader of LulzSec got arrested, it’s all over now… wait… we’re all still here! Which poor bastard did they take…

Saudi women defy driving ban despite fear of arrest

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) – Some Saudi women appeared to have answered a call over social media to challenge a ban on driving, posting accounts and pictures of themselves behind the wheel in the conservative Arab kingdom. Groups such as “Women2Drive” and “Women’s Right to Drive in KSA” had called…

Blind China activist reportedly beaten unconscious

WASHINGTON — A blind Chinese activist who exposed abuses in Beijing’s population control policy was beaten unconscious by dozens of men led by a communist party official, his wife said in a letter released Thursday. Human rights groups earlier reported an attack on activist Chen Guangcheng in February, but the…

Former IMF chief Strauss-Kahn to plead not guilty to sex crimes

NEW YORK (AFP) – Fallen IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn plans to launch a fight to clear his name Monday by pleading not guilty in a New York court to charges that he tried to rape a hotel maid. Strauss-Kahn, 62, was one of the most influential people in the global…

Former Egypt bank head charged with sex assault on NYC hotel maid

NEW YORK (Reuters) – An Egyptian businessman and one-time head of a major Egyptian bank has been charged with sexually assaulting a hotel maid at a luxury New York City hotel, police said. The arrest Monday of Mahmoud Abdel-Salam Omar came two weeks after former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique…

Ratko Mladic denies role in Srebrenica massacre

BELGRADE – Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic insists he was not responsible for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, his son said Sunday, as Serbia braced for protests against the ex-army chief’s arrest. Police have stepped up security in Belgrade ahead of the protest called by ultra-nationalists, fearful of an…

Serbia arrests ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Mladic

BELGRADE (Reuters) – Serbia said on Thursday it had arrested Bosnian Serb wartime general Ratko Mladic after years on the run from international genocide charges, opening the way for the once-pariah state to seek to join the European Union. “On behalf of the Republic of Serbia I can announce the…

IMF chief pleads not guilty, denied bail

NEW YORK (AFP) – IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn denied the sexual assault and attempted rape of a New York hotel chambermaid on Monday but was refused bail and ordered to remain behind bars pending trial. A haggard-looking Strauss-Kahn, 62, wearing a black raincoat and a light-blue shirt pleaded not guilty…

Prosecutor seeks Gaddafi arrest over protest deaths

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – An international prosecutor on Monday sought an arrest warrant for Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi accusing him of committing crimes against humanity by killing protesters during an uprising against his 41-year rule. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, International Criminal Court prosecutor, also asked judges, who now need to see if…

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