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Clinton: Syrian President Assad has ‘lost legitimacy’

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hit back Monday after Syrian “thugs” besieged the US embassy in Damascus, saying President Bashar Al-Assad was “not indispensable” and had “lost legitimacy.” Syria’s charge d’affaires was summoned to the foreign ministry in Washington to explain the Assad regime’s “outrageous” failure to meet…

Charges dropped against man who ‘flipped off’ Colorado state trooper

The Colorado State Patrol dropped a harassment charge against a 35-year-old man who allegedly displayed his middle finger to a Colorado State Patrol trooper while he was driving. FOX31 reported that Shane Boor was charged with criminal harassment after flipping off a state trooper who had pulled another driver over…

Japanese electric car travels over 200 miles on single charge

TOKYO — Japanese developers have unveiled an electric car they said Wednesday can travel more than 300 kilometres before its battery runs flat. Electric vehicle specialist SIM-Drive, which hopes to take the car to market by 2013 but gave no projected cost, said its four-seater “SIM-LEI” had motors inside each…

US State Department hopes to break through ‘great firewall of China’

WASHINGTON — The United States plans to pump millions of dollars into new technology to break through Internet censorship overseas amid a heightened crackdown on dissent in China, officials said Tuesday. State Department officials said they would give 19 million dollars to efforts to evade Internet controls in China, Iran…

Former rugby player charged with axe murders after daughter allegedly raped

Former South African rugby player Joseph Ntshongwana appeared in court in Durban today to face three murder charges, one attempted murder charge and an assault charge in a series of axe attacks on men he is said to have accused of raping his daughter and infecting her with HIV. The…

Prominent Chinese blogger charged as crackdown deepens

Prominent Chinese blogger charged as crackdown deepens BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese police have arrested prominent writer Ran Yunfei for challenging the ruling Communist Party, people close to the blogger said on Monday, the latest in a string of arrests in a deepening crackdown on dissent. Ran, a writer and literature…

Blagojevich asks to be sentenced and avoid retrial

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich asked on Wednesday to cancel his retrial on corruption charges and be sentenced on one charge of lying to federal officials . Blagojevich said he wanted to skip the retrial “in the interests of justice and saving taxpayer funds,” according to a…

Former Rand Paul volunteer due in court

Former Rand Paul volunteer scheduled for hearing campaign scuffle with liberal activist A former volunteer with Kentucky Republican Rand Paul’s Senate campaign is due back in a Lexington court Tuesday for a hearing on a misdemeanor assault charge for a videotaped scuffle during which a liberal activist’s head was stepped…

London’s mounted police ran at student protesters ‘like a cavalry charge’

Though largely neglected by US mainstream media, British students have been putting up quite a display of defiance in the face of rising tuition costs and government restrictions on university financial aid. In recent weeks students have protested against the austerity measures by staging mostly peaceful gatherings, apart from the…

Man charged for covering head during police beating

A Miami man whose beating at the hands of police was captured on cell phone video has been charged with resisting arrest without violence, a charge his lawyer says came from nothing more than the man’s attempts to cover his head from the blows. Gilberto Matamoros, a 21-year-old youth center…

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