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Paris prosecutor taking on new Strauss-Kahn allegations

PARIS/NEWYORK (Reuters) – The Paris prosecutor’s office said on Friday it has opened a preliminary inquiry into a complaint filed by French writer Tristane Banon alleging an attempted rape by former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The case throws up a new headache for the Frenchman, who is in New York…

Libya rebels launch assault on gateway to Tripoli

Libyan rebels launch a promised assault on a key gateway to Tripoli early Wednesday, attacking government positions just 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the capital, an AFP correspondent reported. Buoyed by controversial French arms drops and intensified NATO-led air strikes on the regime’s frontline armour, the rebels launched an assault…

Armed men attack Reuters Gaza bureau

GAZA (Reuters) – Several armed men entered Reuters’ office in Gaza on Saturday, threatened employees with guns and took away a video camera, apparently after they spotted a reporter filming a demonstration from the building. The men struck one Reuters journalist on the arm with a metal bar and threatened to…

FBI’s racist shock jock Hal Turner convicted of threatening judges

A US Internet radio host was convicted Friday of threatening to assault and kill three judges who upheld a ban on handguns in Chicago, the US Justice Department said. Hal Turner, 47, was arrested in June 2009 for an Internet posting that said of the three federal judges who had…

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