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Vietnam holds live-fire drill amid China tensions

HANOI (AFP) – Vietnam on Monday held live-fire naval drills in the tense South China Sea, a move that analysts see as raising the risk of a “showdown” with Beijing in a deepening territorial rift. A long-standing dispute between the communist neighbours over sovereignty of two potentially oil-rich archipelagos has…

Bank of America pays $410 million to settle overdraft dispute

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Bank of America has entered into a preliminary agreement to pay $410 million to clients who accused it of excessive overdraft fees, according to court documents. The documents released Monday by a US district court in southern Florida said the class action lawsuit included some one million…

Sheen lawyers seek public trial over sitcom dispute

LOS ANGELES — Lawyers for US actor Charlie Sheen are seeking a public trial over his dismissal from the hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men,” which was suspended after a public spat between Sheen and the producer. The 45-year-old actor is suing Warner Brothers studios for $100 million for…

Courtney Love settles Twitter defamation case for $430k

US rocker Courtney Love apologized Friday to a fashion designer she allegedly defamed on Twitter, after agreeing to pay $430,000 to settle the legal dispute, according to a lawyer. In a rare high-profile legal test involving the micro-blogging site, Love said she regretted making “harsh statements” about Dawn Simorangkir, whom…

US, Mexico leaders debate drugs, trucking dispute

WASHINGTON – US President Barack Obama and his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon Thursday vowed to step up the fight against Mexico’s violent drug cartels, and resolved a decades-old trucking dispute. It was the fifth meeting in two years between the two men, and Obama stressed the “strong bonds” between the…

Google Maps blamed for ‘invasion’ of Costa Rica

NEW YORK — Costa Rica on Saturday stepped up pressure on international mediators to engage in its territory dispute with Nicaragua, after Google Maps was cited in an incident that saw the neighboring countries dispatch forces to their joint border. The Internet search giant joined the fray after a Nicaraguan…

Dead Sea Scrolls debate spurs NY criminal trial

Academic dispute about Dead Sea Scrolls spurs NYC criminal trial over plagiarism accusations It’s a case of ancient history meeting 21st century tactics. A New York attorney went on trial Tuesday on criminal charges that accuse him of adopting electronic aliases to discredit one of his professor-father’s academic rivals. The…

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