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Ex-brother-in-law guilty of murdering Jennifer Hudson’s relatives

CHICAGO — Actress Jennifer Hudson softly sobbed and leaned into her fiance’s shoulder Friday as a jury convicted her former brother-in-law of murdering her mother, brother and nephew in October 2008. Though Hudson’s celebrity drew national media to the Chicago courthouse for the 13-day trial, she apparently had little effect on the jury. Several members told reporters that her name ...

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Clashes resume in Congo’s east

KINSHASA, Congo – Fighting resumed Friday in eastern Congo between the army and a group of ex-soldiers who left the military to form a new rebel group, an army spokesman said, ending three years of relative peace in this nation periodically upended by war. The defections and violence started last month, after soldiers who were formally rebels from the Tutsi ...

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Leaks that revealed British agent’s role in foiled bomb plot investigated by FBI

The leaks, beginning with an Associated Press report on Monday the news agency had held back for several days at the request of the US authorities, have turned the spotlight on a spectacularly successful co-operation between the intelligence services of the US, Saudi Arabia and Britain. But senior officials and analysts in Washington and London have warned that exposure of ...

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UN envoy: Libya unstable but moving to democracy

EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press= UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The top U.N. envoy in Libya said Thursday there are positive signs that the country is moving toward democracy but longstanding tensions have escalated into armed conflicts, detainees are still being tortured, and there is rising discontent among former revolutionary fighters. Less than seven months after the end of Moammar Gadhafi’s ...

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Anders Breivik trial interrupted by spectator throwing shoe

It was the first outburst from the normally subdued crowd watching the terror trial in Oslo’s district court since the proceedings began in mid-April. Journalists watching the proceedings in the court room and through a live broadcast at the court’s press center said the man got up and took of his shoe and threw it at Breivik, but missed. The ...

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Is India a dumping ground for drugs?

India has more than 10,500 drug makers with a domestic turnover of nearly $9bn. Yet, something is rotten with the way drugs are tested and sold in the country. A has found serious issues with the way approvals for foreign drugs are given and clinical trials are being carried out. Here are some of the startling findings: Of the 42 ...

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Thousands remain in secret Libya militia prisons

UNITED NATIONS – About 4,000 people are still being held in militia detention centres in Libya, often in secret and many are tortured, a UN envoy said Thursday. Ian Martin, head of the UN mission to Libya, said good progress was being made toward holding the country’s first democratic election, but militia prisons were one of a number of “serious ...

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