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Carnival spectacle tainted by violence in Brazil
Sun Feb 15, 2015 - 7:33 PM
An There was thunder, lightning and driving rain pouring on thousands in viewing stands open to the sky. Many wore disposable rain ponchos. Others got soaked, and kept dancing."The rain doesn't bother me. In fact, it gets us going and we crank it up a notch. It was too hot anyway," Cleberson Santos, 43, told AFP just ahead of the Viradouro parade.Over the next two nights, 12 elite samba schools each comprising some 5,000 participants will sashay along the city's Sambadrome.
Moroccan man sentenced to 30 years in U.S. bomb plot
Fri Sep 14, 2012 - 9:53 AM
WASHINGTON Amine El Khalifi, 29, an illegal immigrant who lived in Alexandria, Virginia, was sentenced after pleading guilty in June to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
He faced a maximum sentence under the law of life in prison, but prosecutors agreed to 25 to 30 years as part of a plea deal.
"The sentence in this case must be a beacon to those would seek to commit such attacks that, when caught and prosecuted, they will be sentenced to d ...
New Jersey voters say U.S. not ready for president 'Jersey Guy' Christie: poll
Thu Dec 11, 2014 - 4:30 AM
A telephone poll of 1,340 registered New Jersey voters by Quinnipiac University found that Christie, and every other potential Republican contender for the 2016 White House race, would lose the state to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the possible Democratic candidate. Among voters in the traditionally blue state, Clinton tops Christie 50 percent to 39 percent; former Florida Governor Jeb Bush 53 to 31; Kentucky Senator Rand Paul 55 to 31; and 2012 Republica ...
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Over 50 of UK Cameron's lawmakers will join EU exit campaign: paper
Sat Jun 6, 2015 - 5:36 PM
The lawmakers will be part of a new group called Conservatives for Britain (CfB), which will support Cameron's bid for reform while urging an end to EU membership unless significant changes are achieved, the paper said. Cameron is attempting to persuade European leaders to back UK demands for reform before holding an in-out referendum on Britain's EU membership. He has promised the vote by the end of 2017. "We wish David Cameron every success ...
Obamas, Clintons join Vice President Biden at son Beau's funeral
Sat Jun 6, 2015 - 10:01 AM
WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and his family joined a host of U.S. political figures including Bill and Hillary Clinton on Saturday to mourn Vice President Joe Biden's son, Beau, who died last week of brain cancer at the age of 46. One thousand people filled the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Wilmington for a funeral Mass for Biden, a former Delaware attorney general who also served a year-long term in Iraq as a member of the Delaware ...
Pettersen leads Uribe by one shot in Ontario
Sat Jun 6, 2015 - 7:22 PM
She carded a six-under-par 66 on the Whistle Bear course in Cambridge to move within sight of a 15th LPGA title and her first since 2013. But the 34-year-old Norwegian will not be planning her victory speech just yet, not with two classy players breathing down her neck on a course that is yielding heaps of birdies. Colombian Mariajo Uribe (67) is just one stroke behind, while veteran American Cristie Kerr (67) trails by two after draining a 20-foot birdie ...
Chilean defrocked priests, hard luck farmers make waves in Berlin
Mon Feb 9, 2015 - 6:00 AM
Chilean director Pablo Larrain made "The Club" after he realized some pedophile priests had collaborated with the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet or were ordinary criminals, and had never paid for their misdeeds. "The Catholic Church for decades really has been spiriting away those priests, hiding them, shielding them from the public sphere," he told a news conference on Monday to loud applause. "That's how we came up with t ...
Big U.S. data breaches offer treasure trove for hackers
Sat Jun 6, 2015 - 10:03 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A massive breach of U.S. federal computer networks disclosed this week is the latest in a flood of attacks by suspected Chinese hackers aimed at grabbing personal data, industrial secrets and weapons plans from government and private computers. The Obama administration on Thursday disclosed the breach of computer systems at the Office of Personnel Management and said the records of up to 4 million current and former federal employees may have bee ...
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Fri Sep 21, 2012 - 12:26 PM
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