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NEW YORK (AP) — No one disputes that a retired high school librarian and an auto mechanic bonded over discussions of ghastly fetishes: abducting, raping and killing women and girls.
A man who spent 30 years on death row in Louisiana has walked free after a court threw out his murder conviction. Glenn Ford, 64, one of the longest-serving death row prisoners in the United States, was ordered to be released after new information cleared him of a 1983 murder. "My mind's going all kinds of directions, but it feels good," Ford told reporters outside the Louisiana State Penitentiary after his release Tuesday, according to CNN affiliate WAFB. Ford, an African-American who had been on death row since 1984 after his conviction by an all-white jury, said he has missed out on much of his life.
Tens of thousands of people flocked Wednesday to the funeral of a teenage boy who died from injuries suffered during last year's anti-government protests that swept the country, an AFP photographer said.
A forensics expert on Wednesday staged a dramatic re-enactment of how Paralympian Oscar Pistorius broke down the door of the toilet where he shot dead his girlfriend. Police Colonel Gerhard Vermeulen brought before the South African court both the door and the cricket bat -- two pieces of physical evidence which could hold the key to the case. Pistorius says he mistakenly shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through the locked dark wood door four times, believing she was an intruder, then realising his mistake broke it down with a cricket bat. The prosecution says Pistorius first hit the door with a bat in an effort to get to Reeva Steenkamp, then shot through the door.
By Mark John PARIS (Reuters) - France's opposition conservatives called on Wednesday for Francois Hollande's justice minister to quit after it emerged the government knew that ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy's phone was being tapped, contrary to her earlier statement. Sarkozy's conservatives have accused Hollande's government of using the surveillance, launched by investigators as part of a party funding inquiry, to discredit them ahead local elections later this month where ruling Socialists risk losing ground. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira on Monday dismissed that accusation, saying she had not been aware of the surveillance until it was publicly revealed by Le Monde newspaper last week. But Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said late Tuesday that both he and Taubira were told of the phone-tapping last month.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A key figure in a political payback investigation involving Gov. Chris Christie's administration voluntarily came to court to watch lawyers argue over whether her subpoena from a legislative investigatory panel should be quashed.
By Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Rival gangs opened fire and lobbed grenades in a notoriously violent district of Pakistan's financial hub, Karachi, on Wednesday, killing 14 people, including eight women and three children, police said. Karachi, a city and port of more than 18 million people, is home to many militant groups, including the Pakistani Taliban. More than two dozen people were wounded in the violence which erupted in Lyari, one of South Asia's most dangerous neighbourhoods, where rival gangs have been fighting for years for control. "In reaction, gangsters came to a market on Wednesday morning in Lyari and opened indiscriminate fire, killing women and children along with the men," senior police officer Abdul Khalique Shaikh told Reuters.
By Allyn Fisher-Ilan EIN EL HILWE, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian shepherd Mahmoud Ka'abneh has squeezed his family of 12 into a neighbour's hut on a hilly desert oasis since an Israeli bulldozer turned his own flimsy dwelling into a pile of stones and twisted metal. Palestinian officials say Ka'abneh is one of more than 180 people uprooted since the beginning of the year by what they say is an upsurge in Israeli demolitions in the Jordan Valley, a hotly contested part of the occupied West Bank. This increase comes against a backdrop of U.S.-brokered peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians, which remain stuck on various issues, including the fate of the sun-scorched valley, home to more than two dozen Jewish settlements. Israel describes shepherds such as Ka'abneh as nomads and squatters.
HONG KONG (AP) — Within an industry notorious for impoverishing shareholders and irking customers, Malaysia Airlines has stood out for its years of restructurings and losses. The company now has global recognition of a far more unfavorable kind after one of its jets disappeared four days ago with 239 people aboard.
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Security forces in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Wednesday fired tear gas at demonstrators attending a funeral for a student killed a day earlier, a Reuters witness said. The student died during a 200-strong protest march at Khartoum University against escalating violence in the western Darfur region. Police said on Tuesday they would investigate the death of the student, who died after police fired tear gas at the protest.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's newly appointed Finance Minister Hany Kadry Dimian said on Wednesday the state's budget deficit for fiscal year 2013/14 will be around 12 percent. "In best conditions it will be around 11 to 12 percent and leans more to more than 12 percent," Dimian told reporters. Egypt's economy has been hammered by three years of turmoil that followed a 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.
LONDON (AP) — The British inventor of the World Wide Web wants a digital bill of rights to protect Internet users from surveillance.
Malaysia's military radar detected what could have been the jetliner missing since Saturday in an area in the northern Malacca Strait, hundreds of miles from the spot where the plane dropped off air traffic screens, the air force chief said on Wednesday. Rodzali Daud told a news conference that the tracking was at 2:15 a.m. local time on Saturday, about 45 minutes after the plane with 239 people on board vanished from air traffic control screens midway between Malaysia's east coast and Vietnam. He said the radar tracking was at a point 200 miles (320 miles) northwest of Penang island on Malaysia's west coast.
The Group of Seven advanced economies will demand that Russia halt efforts to annex Ukraine's Crimea region in a statement to be issued later on Wednesday, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said. "Today at 1230 (1130 GMT), we will release another statement that will leave no doubts about the determination of G7 countries and the European Union," Barroso told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
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By Grace Li HONG KONG (Reuters) - Police in Hong Kong and China have arrested nine men with suspected links to organised crime for the stabbing of a prominent Hong Kong journalist, the territory's chief of police said on Wednesday, an attack that was seen by many as an assault on press freedom. Thousands of protesters dressed in black and wearing blue ribbons, symbolizing press freedom, marched in condemnation of the attack this month. Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, is a freewheeling capitalist hub which enjoys a high degree of autonomy and freedom, but Beijing's Communist Party leaders have resisted public pressure for full democracy. Two men had been arrested in China, and seven in Hong Kong in connection with the attack on Kevin Lau, a former editor of the respected Ming Pao newspaper, who was seriously wounded.
By Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is trying to arrange a trilateral summit with South Korea and the United States for this month, a government official said on Wednesday, in a bid to thaw Tokyo's frozen relations with Seoul. But Seoul appears cool to the idea of a meeting of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of a global nuclear-security summit in the Hague, Netherlands, on March 24-25. Japan hopes that with mutual ally Obama in the room, Park would be willing to sit down face-to-face with Abe, something the Japanese leader has sought unsuccessfully since he took office 15 months ago.
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian officials say heavy snowfall has unleashed avalanches and collapsed homes in Kashmir, killing at least 10 people.
LENZERHEIDE, Switzerland (AP) — Aksel Lund Svindal retook the lead in the overall World Cup standings on Wednesday by placing fifth in a downhill race won by Olympic champion Matthias Mayer of Austria.
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A 24-hour strike by civil servants disrupted public services in Greece Wednesday as the country's government struggled to hammer out a deal on further austerity measures with international creditors.