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Libyans ‘executed’ for shunning Kadhafi rally: relative

Hours after thousands packed Tripoli’s Green Square cheering for Moamer Kadhafi, Mohammed said the still warm body of his nephew was dumped outside the family home with two bullets in his head. Mohammed told AFP why he is certain 30-year-old’s Ahmed’s fate was sealed while green flags were waving on…

Dozens protest William and Kate’s visit to Montreal

MONTREAL — Dozens of anti-monarchists protested the arrival of Britain’s Prince William and his bride Catherine at a Montreal children’s hospital Saturday during the royals’ tour of Canada. The protesters were outnumbered, however, by hundreds of well-wishers at the Sainte-Justine hospital seeking a glimpse of the newlyweds on day three…

Complaint alleges police tasered, beat mentally handicapped Ohio teen

Jesse Kersey, a 17-year-old mentally handicapped boy, was riding his bicycle near his home in Dayton, Ohio last Saturday when officer Willie Hooper pulled him over to talk. A civil complaint filed in Dayton County this week alleges that Hooper then became confused by the boy’s speech impediment and began…

New Zealand’s lost penguin faces long swim home

An Emperor penguin found in New Zealand will be released into the ocean when fully fit so it can swim the 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) home to Antarctica, wildlife experts said Wednesday. The penguin, nicknamed “Happy Feet”, was found wandering on a beach near Wellington last week and was taken…

Exclusive: Hackers unearth FBI report on ‘KopBusters’ filmmaker Barry Cooper

Computer hackers with the group “Lulz Security” have unearthed a Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) intelligence assessment of Barry Cooper, the former Texas narcotics officer who turned against the drug war and began setting up hidden camera stunts looking to catch corrupt police in the act. The document, composed in…

Top medic operates on New Zealand’s ‘lost’ penguin

WELLINGTON (AFP) – One of New Zealand’s top surgeons was enlisted to operate on an ailing Emperor penguin found on a beach near Wellington, some 3,000 kilometres (1,900 miles) from its Antarctic home. More used to dealing with sick humans than poorly penguins, surgeon John Wyeth on Monday performed a…

Brady Bunch mom got crabs in affair with NY mayor

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – This would have made an interesting episode of “The Brady Bunch.” Florence Henderson, the actress who played perky mom Carol Brady in the beloved family sitcom, says she once got crabs after a one-night-stand with career politician John Lindsay, who was the mayor of New York…

Obama: Signs Taliban may want a political settlement

FORT DRUM, New York — US President Barack Obama said Thursday there were signs that the Taliban may be interested in a political settlement critical to stabilizing Afghanistan after US troops come home. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meanwhile defended what she said was Washington’s “very preliminary outreach” to the…

Woman arrested for videotaping traffic stop from her front yard

UPDATE: Charges dismissed against woman arrested while videotaping traffic stop A 28-year-old woman has been charged with obstructing governmental administration after refusing a police officer’s order to leave her front yard while she was videotaping a traffic stop. WHEC-TV reported that Emily Good of Rochester, New York filmed the police…

Obama to claim success for Afghan surge

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will argue Wednesday his Afghan war surge strategy has forged substantial progress and a “position of strength” which allows thousands of US troops to come home, officials said. In a primetime speech to a war-weary US public, Obama will say his decision to pour…

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