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Mandela memorial service interpreter admitted to psychiatric hospital

The man who sparked an international furor by offering bogus sign language interpretation at a major memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela has reportedly been admitted to a psychiatric hospital for treatment.<p>The Star newspaper reported that Thamsanqa Jantjie was admitted …

Former Nigella Lawson assistants found not guilty of fraud

A London jury has acquitted two former longtime personal assistants for Nigella Lawson of charges they defrauded the celebrity chef and her ex-husband out of nearly $1.1 million while working for the couple.<p>Francesca and Elisabetta “Lisa” Grillo were accused by Lawson’s ex-husband Charles Saatchi …

Canada's Supreme Court Just Struck Down All Their Country's Anti-Prostitution Laws

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Canada's Supreme Court struck down three of the country's key prostitution laws today, essentially …

After Newtown shooting, mourning parents enter into the lonely quiet

By Eli Saslow<p>Eli Saslow<p>Reporter on the National desk<p>Email Bio Follow<p>In NEWTOWN, Conn.<p>They had promised to try everything, so Mark Barden went down into the basement to begin another project in memory of Daniel. The families of Sandy Hook Elementary were collaborating on a Mother’s Day card, which …

Walt Mossberg's final Wall Street Journal column looks back on two decades of tech

After 22 years of insightful and important commentary on consumer technology, Walt Mossberg has written his final column for <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> and its <i>All Things D</i> tech blog. In it, Mossberg picks out the twelve most influential products from his time as the newspaper's tech reviewer, …

China’s Desperate Smog Fix: Pumping the Skies With Liquid Nitrogen

Scientists in China say that pumping extremely cold nitrogen into Beijing’s polluted skies might help combat the excessive smog that blankets the …

Bihar bombing fans fears of new bloodshed in India's age-old caste battle

Sheltering in the shade, next to the buffaloes, the special police commandos shake their heads. "Everything is very quiet," says PC Bharat Parwan, looking across to the village 100 yards or so away across the rice fields.<p>The day before Parwan's unit arrived outside Pisai, a cluster of high-walled …

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Lee Rigby murder: Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale found guilty

Two men have been convicted of murdering a soldier in broad daylight near a military barracks in London, in the first al-Qaida-inspired attack to claim a life on British soil since 7 July 2005.<p>Michael Adebolajo, 29, and Michael Adebowale, 22, murdered Lee Rigby, 25, as he returned to the Woolwich …

India urges US to drop charges against diplomat Devyani Khobragade

India has urged the US to drop charges of visa fraud against one of its diplomats, hours after the prosecutor handling the case issued a hard-hitting statement accusing Delhi of turning a blind eye to exploitation of domestic workers serving its envoys overseas.<p>The arrest of Devyani Khobragade, the …

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Leaked Document Suggests That Putin Will Release Pussy Riot Members

Russian newspaper Izvestia is reporting that President Vladimir Putin will pardon the punk band Pussy Riot and Greenpeace activists during a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution.<p>In total some 25,000 people will be pardoned on the anniversary, which falls on Dec. 12, …

MIT researchers create world's trickiest tongue twister

Trying to wrap your tongue around a phrase or short poem with repeated sounds is something humans have been doing for centuries -- at least that we know of; the practice probably goes back further than recorded history. We grew up giggling over tongue twisters like "Betty Botter bought a bit of …

Don’t Tell Mom And Dad: PG-13 Movies Are Just as Violent and Sex-Filled as R-Rated Ones

There is little difference between the vices shown in PG-13 and R-rated movies, according to a new study.<p>Researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy …

Snapchat Creators Really Wish Their Ousted Cofounder Would Disappear After 10 Seconds

George Zimmerman's Girlfriend Wants To Drop Assault Charges And Get Back Together With Him

Samantha Scheibe, who allowed Zimmerman to move in with her after they started dating in August, reportedly said in a sworn statement that Zimmerman never pointed a gun at her, which conflicts with previous statements. She also said in the statement, "I want to be with George."<p>Scheibe said in the …

Walking Dead actor 'to plead guilty' over Obama ricin letter

A Texas woman is expected to plead guilty to sending ricin-laced letters to Barack Obama and New York's mayor, Michael Bloomberg.<p>Shannon Guess Richardson has a federal court appearance scheduled for Tuesday in Texarkana, Texas. She is expected to plead guilty under a deal that caps any prison …

Delhi rape: one year on, has anything changed for India's women?

One year after the vicious assault of a student on a Delhi bus, protests and reports of abuse in India have increased. But is it any better to be a woman there today?<p>It took the police 14 days to register the rape allegation and a further 30 days to make an arrest, by which time the victim had …

Mayor of Colombia's capital ordered removed

Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro refuses to accept decision by country's inspector general.<p>BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's inspector-general ordered Bogota's left-leaning mayor removed from office Monday and banished from politics for 15 years, deeming unconstitutional his behavior in a showdown last …

Indian Lt-Gen Kuldeep Singh Brar attackers jailed

<b>A Sikh gang convicted of slashing a retired Indian general's throat in revenge for a 1984 military offensive has been jailed.</b><p>Lieutenant-General Kuldeep Singh Brar, 78, was attacked as he walked with his wife in central London in 2012.<p>Mandeep Singh Sandhu, of Birmingham, Dilbag Singh and Harjit …

Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi PAs' spending 'unchecked for years'

Spending on credit card accounts used by staff in Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi's household was not scrutinised for several years, Saatchi's accountant has told the fraud trial of the couple's former assistants, Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo.<p>The statements of cards issued by Coutts bank to …

Singapore charges 24 over Little India riot

<b>Police in Singapore have charged 24 Indian nationals with rioting after violent protests on Sunday night over the death of a migrant worker.</b><p>Police cars and other vehicles were set alight during the unrest in Little India. It was Singapore's first riot in more than 30 years, police said.<p>The …