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  • New EU force in Central African Republic sets stability as top priority

    May 2, 2014 11:25 PM 28

    Local policeman guards an area as people disembark from trucks with their belongings at the transit IDP centre, on outskirts of the Central African Republic-Chad border town of Sido (reuters tickers) By Crispin Dembassa-Kette BANGUI (Reuters) - The top priority of a new European Union peacekeeping force in Central African Republic is to restore stability

  • Hagel: NATO to rethink relations with Russia

    May 2, 2014 9:05 PM 23

    WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday that NATO should reconsider its relationship with Russia in light of its incursion into Ukraine, which should bury the idea that the end of the Cold War brought permanent peace to Europe. "Russia's actions in Ukraine shatter that myth and usher in bracing new realities," Hagel said in a speech that captured

  • Lethal injection faces renewed attack

    May 2, 2014 6:21 PM 14

    Botched U.S. execution this week raises questions about the best means of carrying out the death penalty. Soon after Michael Radelet bid him goodbye on May 3, 1990, Jesse Tafero caught fire in a Florida electric chair. As the moral justifications for capital punishment in the United States have shifted, so too have the killing techniques, says Radelet

  • DIMOND: Bring Back Firing Squads Posted May 2nd, 2014

    May 2, 2014 5:13 PM 27

    If we’re going to keep carrying out the death penalty in this country and if we are going to continue to grandly insist that they are “humane executions” then only a return to a firing squad will insure a speedy and relatively pain-free death for the condemned. You might think I’m kidding, but I’m not. I say, line up six to eight sharp shooters, employ

  • Max Clifford sentenced to eight years in jail

    May 2, 2014 1:36 PM 48

    Report by Sophie Foster, Video by Tom Ellis Max Clifford has been jailed for eight years after being convicted of eight counts of indecent assault. The 71-year-old finally fell from grace after decades influencing the media when he was convicted of eight counts of the crime, carried out between 1977 and 1984, on Monday. Passing sentence at Southwark

  • For graduates at 2 colleges, a warning on selfies; administrators cite time, disruption

    May 2, 2014 9:25 AM 41

    TAMPA, Fla. - Toss your cap. Turn your tassel. Just don't snap that selfie. Graduates at the University of South Florida and Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., have been asked to refrain from taking self-portraits with their cellphones as they collect their diplomas. The seemingly simple directive is standing out for placing the slightest curtailment

  • Blasts, gunfire heard at key separatists-held Ukraine town

    May 2, 2014 6:07 AM 18

    SLAVYANSK, Ukraine -- Gunfire and blasts were heard early Friday around an eastern city in Ukraine that has become the focus of an armed pro-Russian insurgency, whose leaders claimed that government troops had begun a military assault in an attempt to retake control. Vyacheslav Ponomarev, the separatist-appointed mayor of Slavyansk, said self-defense

  • Bomb kills at least 16 near site of Abuja's deadliest attack

    May 2, 2014 5:34 AM 23

    ABUJA: A bombing at a bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital killed at least 16 people, just weeks after a deadly attack hit the same spot. No group has claimed responsibility for the latest attack that occurred yesterday, but suspicion immediately fell on Boko Haram, the extremist Islamist group which has killed thousands in a five-year insurgency

  • Car Bomb in Nigeria Capital Kills 15

    May 2, 2014 4:52 AM 21

    A car bomb killed at least 15 people late Thursday at a bus terminal on the outskirts of the Nigerian capital, Abuja. The blast in the town of Nyanya was near the site of an April 14 bombing at a bus station that killed at least 75 people. The Islamic extremist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the April blast. No one has claimed the latest

  • Why does India's election take so long?

    May 2, 2014 3:14 AM 22

    As India heads towards the eighth phase of its marathon general election on Wednesday, many are asking whether the world's largest democracy deserves such a protracted voting exercise. For those not up to speed, India's 16th general election for its 543 parliamentary seats is currently being held in nine phases from 7 April to 12 May - at 36 days, it is the longest