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Boy kills dad with sledgehammer after he refuses to let him play computer game

A 14-YEAR-OLD boy in southern Russia has been charged with killing his father with a sledgehammer after his parents tried to stop him from playing computer games. The unnamed boy in the coastal town of Tuapse, located by the Black Sea in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region, bludgeoned his father to…

Feingold bill seeks end to ‘counterproductive’ war in Afghanistan

US military presence in Afghanistan may have rare bipartisan consensus in Washington, but a bipartisan trio of lawmakers are dissatisfied with the open-ended occupation and are calling for a change in strategy. New legislation introduced by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Reps. Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) would…

Thieving baboons obliterate South African grape harvests

Baboons with a taste for Chardonnay grapes are terrorizing farmers in South Africa’s Western Cape wine region, munching tonnes of grapes ready for harvesting, local media reported on Monday. Farms in the Franschhoek Valley had been emptied by rampaging Chachma baboons, who sneak into secured plots and help themselves with…

EU demands more rights progress from Morocco

GRANADA, Spain — EU president Herman Van Rompuy called on Morocco during a summit Sunday to make progress in respecting human rights, including in the disputed Western Sahara region. Van Rompuy said during the EU-Morocco summit that the European Union supported UN efforts “for a just, lasting and mutually acceptable…

US federal government shuts down due to snow

Hundreds of emergency crews battled Sunday to clear snow-clogged roads and restore power to thousands of homes across the US east coast before a new storm hits, aided by some welcome winter sun. The weekend’s storms, described by many as “historic” or a “snowmageddon,” were so severe that the U.S.…

US launches largest Asian war games in Thailand

The US military began its largest war games in the Pacific region Monday — an annual training exercise with troops from Thailand, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore, now joined by South Korea. At the opening ceremony in the eastern Thai province of Rayong, US Ambassador Eric G. John said that the…

Caucasus extremists ‘vanquished’: Putin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Saturday that extremists in the restive North Caucasus region had been “vanquished” and the fight now was against corruption and poverty. “The state must prove it is capable of guaranteeing security and must make a breakthrough in the economic and social development in North…

Outraged Brits want Blair prosecuted for war crimes

Tony Blair’s admission that Britain would have backed the Iraq war even if he knew it did not have weapons of mass destruction sparked outrage Sunday and calls for his prosecution for war crimes. The former British prime minister, who backed the US-led invasion in 2003, told the BBC he…

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