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Reporter who blew whistle on Murdoch found dead

UPDATE: Police: Death of News of the World whistleblower ‘not suspicious’ The reporter who blew open the phone hacking scandals now threatening to topple News Corporation has been found dead in his London home, according to a report in The Guardian. Sean Hoare, who covered show business for the now-defunct…

Iraq to execute Saddam’s half-brothers

Iraq will execute two of Saddam Hussein’s half-brothers within a month along with three other former regime officials, an official said on Friday, after the five were handed over by the US military. The group, transferred to Iraqi custody on Thursday morning, were among 206 high-value detainees still being held by…

Death toll climbs to 80 in India rail accident

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – The death toll in a train accident in northern India climbed to 80 on Monday with more than 350 injured in one of the worst rail disasters to hit the country’s troubled rail network in years. The accident occurred on Sunday in northern Uttar Pradesh state…

U.S. activist death in Israel ‘was accident’: witness

HAIFA, Israel — A key witness in a civil case brought by the family of US activist Rachel Corrie, killed by an Israeli bulldozer during a demonstration in Gaza, said on Sunday that she had caused her own death. Retired Colonel Pinhas Zuaretz, a former brigade commander in Gaza, said…

Former first lady Betty Ford dead at 93

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Betty Ford, the wife of the late President Gerald Ford and whose battles with addiction led to the founding of a famed drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic bearing her name, died on Friday. Ford was 93. “I was deeply saddened this afternoon when I heard of…

Texas plans controversial execution of Mexican

WASHINGTON — The state of Texas appeared set to push forward with the controversial execution of a Mexican national Thursday despite calls for a reprieve from the White House and the Mexican government. Humberto Leal Garcia, 38, was scheduled to die at 6:00 pm (2300 GMT) in a Huntsville, Texas…

Danish firm to prevent use of drug in U.S. executions

COPENHAGEN — Danish drugmaker Lundbeck said Friday it would restrict the distribution of its Nembutal drug to prevent its use in lethal injections in US prisons. “The company has moved to alter the distribution of its medicine Nembutal (the trade name for its pentobarbital sodium injection) in order to restrict…

Russia air crash death toll rises to 46

MOSCOW (AFP) – The death toll from the air crash in northern Russia rose to 46 on Sunday after one of seven people who survived the disaster died of her injuries in hospital, officials said. The female victim, who was not named, died in hospital in Moscow overnight where she…

At least 20 dead in Afghan hospital bomb attack

PULI ALAM, Afghanistan (AFP) – A bomb at an Afghan hospital on Saturday killed at least 20 people including women and children, days after US President Barack Obama said 10,000 US forces would leave the country this year. The brazen suicide car bombing in Logar province, about 75 kilometres (45…

Bonner was ‘extraordinary voice’ for human rights: U.S.

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States expressed sadness Sunday over the death of former Soviet dissident Yelena Bonner, hailing the tireless critic of Vladimir Putin as an “extraordinary voice” for human rights. “We note with profound sadness the death of Yelena Bonner, an extraordinary voice among human rights defenders in…

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