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South Korea should free conscientious objectors to military service, Amnesty says

TOKYO — South Korea should immediately end the needless imprisonment of hundreds of young men who refuse to do compulsory military service for religious or philosophical reasons, Amnesty International said in a report issued Wednesday.<p>In their report entitled Sentenced to Life: Conscientious …

5 police killed in clash with armed group in Macedonia

KUMANOVO, Macedonia (AP) — An armed group attacked special forces police Saturday in a town in northern Macedonia in a clash that killed five police …

Extremism

Nintendo plans five smartphone games by 2017, first one this year

Nintendo has long resisted the lure of mobile gaming, preferring to stick to its traditional, console-focused business model. So, in March, when Nintendo announced it’s partnering with mobile gaming giant DeNA to bring its first mobile games to market, fans of Mario & Co. were positively …

Defense Highlights Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Mean Streak, Father's Paranoia

BOSTON -- Dzhokhar Tsarnaev always had an encouraging word for teammates on his high school wrestling team. But his older brother, Tamerlan, told vicious jokes that brought the young woman he would later marry to tears.<p>A friend of Katherine Russell, who married Tamerlan, told jurors in the Boston …

May Day demos staged around the world; Turkey square blocked

HAVANA (AP) — Left-wing groups, governments and trade unions were staging rallies around the world Friday to mark International Workers Day.<p>Most …

German police thwart Boston-style plot to bomb cycle race, source says

<b>(CNN) —</b> German police overnight thwarted a terrorist plot by a radicalized couple, a plan they suspect involved bombing a bicycle race near Frankfurt, a German terrorism researcher briefed by investigators told CNN on Thursday.<p>German prosecutors and police said that a man and a woman had been …

South African judge grants terminally ill man right to die

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A terminally ill man died of natural causes shortly after he was granted the right to end his life in South Africa, where …

Meatloaf At Rikers Island Jail Tests Positive For Rat Poison: Report

Meatloaf served to inmates at the Rikers Island jail complex has tested positive for rat poison at a New Jersey lab, according to a lab report obtained by the New York Daily News.<p>A sample was submitted for testing after attorney Joanna Squillace filed a lawsuit in March on behalf of 22 inmates who …

Mexican Cartels Invent Ingenious Weapons to Help Battle Government

As Mexican gangsters shot it out with troops in the border city of Reynosa this month, residents posted warnings on social media of where not to …

Islamic State is 'most potent threat to the world since Third Reich' says Nobel Prize winner

V S Naipaul says Isil is 'dedicated to a contemporary holocaust' as he urges the West 'urgently expand' their efforts to defeat the group<p>Isil threaten to create a “Fourth Reich” through violence and propaganda equal to the Nazis, a Nobel Prize-winner has said, as he warns of a “contemporary …

South Sudan rebel group frees 250 of its child soldiers

A South Sudanese rebel group has freed 250 child soldiers it was using, including a girl as young as nine, the UN children's agency has said, but it warned that thousands were still being forced to fight in the country's civil war.<p>The Cobra Faction is also set to release another 400 child soldiers …

Lies, Damned Lies and Robots at SXSW

The struggle to get attention at the annual scrum that is SXSW can lead to people take desperate measures. Unfortunately, that sometimes means flat-out lying to reporters.<p>The picture above is of a ‘Stop the Robots’ demonstration that I stumbled upon in Austin city center last weekend. Capturing the …

Stephen Hawking

Penn State fraternity suspended over Facebook page with nude photos

A Penn State University fraternity has been suspended for a year after a police investigation of allegations that some members posted nude photos of women on an invite-only Facebook page, the university said Tuesday.<p>A former member of Kappa Delta Rho at the university's State College campus, about …

UK's online spying habits are legal but require overhaul, says government

The report also found 'small single figures' of staff abusing access to data<p>An inquiry by the UK government into the bulk interception of communications data has cleared the country's spy agencies of wrong-doing. The report by the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) said that the UK's spies …

Ambush of policemen triggers manhunt in racially tense Ferguson

FERGUSON, Mo. (Reuters) - The shooting of two police officers during a protest rally in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked an intense manhunt for suspects on Thursday and ratcheted up tensions in a city at the center of a national debate over race and policing.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama and Attorney …

Law Enforcement

Greece threatens to seize German state-owned property in compensation for Nazi massacre

Greek demands for World War Two reparations from Germany are adding to rising tensions between Athens and Berlin.<p>Greece’s justice minister says he is ready to implement a court ruling allowing for the seizure of German state-owned property to compensate victims of a Nazi massacre in a small Greek …

Iraqi forces slowed by snipers and bombs in Tikrit

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces and mainly Shi’ite militia fought Islamic State fighters in Tikrit on Thursday, a day after they pushed into Saddam Hussein’s home city in their biggest offensive yet against the militants.<p>A source at the military command said there was heavy mortar …

Islam

German tank battalion to be activated amid Russia crisis | DW | 27.02.2015

In a magazine interview published on Friday, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said the tank battalion, based in Bergen in the state of …

US convicts bin Laden aide over embassy bombings

A Saudi man described by prosecutors as one of Osama bin Laden's most trusted lieutenants was convicted in a federal court in New York in connection with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.<p>Khalid al-Fawwaz, 52, faces up to life in prison after a jury on Thursday convicted him …

Somali pirates release fishermen held for five years

Four Thai fishermen held hostage by Somali pirates for nearly five years have been released, local officials said.<p>"We collected the four Thailand men from a remote area," Omar Sheikh Ali, an official in Somalia's central Galmudug administration told the AFP news agency on Friday.<p>The four fishermen …

Stay Of Execution Issued For Texas Man Claiming New Evidence Of Innocence

Rodney Reed was set to be executed on March 5 for the 1996 killing of 19-year-old Stacey Stites.<p>The Texas Court of Criminal appeals on Monday granted a stay of execution for Rodney Reed, whose lawyers have claimed that new evidence prove his innocence.<p>Reed's lawyers at the Innocence Project, which …

France seizes passports of 'six Syria-bound fighters'

France has seized the passports of six people for allegedly planning to leave the country to join armed groups in Syria, the first such bans since a sweeping anti-terrorism law was passed last year.<p>Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Monday that about 40 others will also face travel bans in …

The professor who 'cured' his cancer with a cocktail of everyday pills and 20 years on remains disease-free

Ben Williams' aggressive brain tumour was treated with conventional therapies - and with a mix of common drugs, including those for acne, insomnia and high blood pressure, as revealed in a new documentary. Could this approach work for others?<p>ONE day, some two decades ago, Ben Williams set out from …

Suspect in Pakistan school massacre arrested

<b>Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) —</b> Pakistani authorities have arrested a suspect in the December 16 attack on a public school in Peshawar that left more than 140 people dead, most of them children.<p>Taj Muhammad, also known as Rizwan, is accused of commanding one of the Taliban units that laid siege to the …

Australia to toughen immigration rules

Tony Abbott announces national security crackdown following December's hostage siege in a Sydney cafe<p>Tony Abbott, the Australian prime minister, on Monday announced a national security crackdown that could deny welfare payments to people seen as potential threats, strip the passports of those with …