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Man with fake gun interrupts Dutch TV, is overpowered

Den Haag - A man armed with a fake gun disrupted Dutch television on Thursday evening when he forced his way into the building of public broadcaster NOS and demanded airtime before being overpowered by police.

Pot report: 18 U.S. states to have legalized marijuana by 2020

A new report predicts that by 2020 a total of 18 states in America will have legalized recreational marijuana. Currently possession of pot is legal in just four U.S. states - pending in others - while medical marijuana is legal in 23 states.

Uganda Lord's Resistance Army leader faces war crimes judges

Den Haag - Notorious former Lord's Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen made his first appearance before the International Criminal Court on Monday, accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao judges Miss Universe pageant in Miami

Nothing like making one of the world's most popular sports figures a judge in a Miss Universe contest to get the world to pay attention. It's a global contest but not a lot of people watch nowadays. Doubtless Pacquiao helped increase its ratings.

Doomsday Clock moved up and now sits at 3 minutes before midnight

The metaphorical Doomsday Clock, created by and kept up by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, has been moved. It is now the closest it's been to midnight in three decades, moving up Thursday to 3 minutes to midnight.

Canadian Jennifer Pan jailed 25 years for matricide

A 28-year-old Toronto area woman, Jennifer Pan, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison with no chance of parole for the murder of her mother and serious wounding of her father. She was convicted last month and sentenced on Friday, January 23rd.

Sweet video as 7-week-old baby Lachlan hears for first time

Lachlan Lever is an Australian baby who could not hear until fitted with a hearing aid at seven weeks when his first moments of sound were recorded. It's a sweet video, filmed in 2012, that went viral after being posted last Fall and again this month.

Defrocked priest to be jailed for sexual assaults on children

A defrocked priest found guilty of 32 counts of sexually abusing Inuit children between the years 1978 and 1982 apologized in a courtroom at his sentencing hearing today. As he did so, dozens of victims and members of their families cried out.

Lord's Resistance Army commander arrives at ICC prison

Den Haag - A Ugandan commander of the notorious Lord's Resistance Army arrived at the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Wednesday to face war crimes charges.

RCMP near Vancouver get reports of a man hiking naked in woods

RCMP near Vancouver have had reports of a man hiking in a wooded area while naked and say they would like to find him. The man hasn't done anything to anyone, though being naked in public is an offence under the country's criminal code.

ICC prosecutor opens probe into war crimes against Palestinians

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court's prosecutor on Friday opened a preliminary probe into possible war crimes committed against Palestinians, a move immediately blasted by Israel as "scandalous".

American know-how: Seattle dog rides bus to the dog park — alone

Doggone it but this a cute story — a dog that rides the bus to play at her local dog park by herself. She gets on at a stop that's near her home, gets off a few stops along, plays in the park and then gets a bus home.

Miley Cyrus naked in 'V' magazine with photos from Bangerz tour

It's all about the publicity and Miley Cyrus knows about publicity. This time she's posed naked, with some conveniently located soap bubbles, for 'V' magazine. Given her look that's pretty good publicity, too.

Three ice-climbers fall to death off Vancouver-area mountain

Three ice-climbers who were scaling Joffre Peak near Vancouver were found dead on a crevasse of the mountain Sunday. The RCMP said they fell some 600 metres to their deaths sometime during the day.

'We vomit' on Charlie's sudden friends: Staff cartoonist

Den Haag - A prominent Dutch cartoonist at Charlie Hebdo heaped scorn on the French satirical weekly's "new friends" since the massacre at its Paris offices on Wednesday.

Dutch probe secret service role ahead of MH17 crash

Den Haag - The Netherlands wants to know whether its intelligence services warned airlines of danger about flying over war-torn Ukraine prior to the downing of flight MH17 in July, officials said Tuesday.

Palestinians recognise ICC jurisdiction for period covering Gaza war

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court said Palestinian authorities had formally recognised the court's jurisdiction to investigate crimes allegedly committed during last summer's Gaza war.

Two members of U.S. Ski racing team die in Austrian avalanche

Tragic news today from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) as it announced on its website that two of its young skiers have died in an avalanche. The skiers died while skiing in the Austrian Alps on Monday.

Ex-Canadian warship Annapolis to be sunk as artifical reef Jan 17

The Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia (ARSBC) said today it has at last received full approval to turn a former-Canadian Navy warship into an artificial reef. The HMCS Annapolis will be sunk to create a reef for marine life at Gambier Island.

Study finds concussion victims sometimes prescribed too much rest

A new American study on concussions in young people has found that rest is good — but only up to a point. More rest might lead to more symptoms, the study suggests, and to a longer recovery period.
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