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German court convicts pensioners of kidnapping financial adviser

A court in Bavaria in Southeastern Germany on Tuesday convicted four pensioners of kidnapping a financial adviser they blame for the loss of money they had invested in the U.S. property market.

UN: Unsafe water more deadly than war

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Monday that more people are dying in the world because they are unable to access safe water than compared to those who die as a result of war and other forms of violence.

Teenage girl first in U.K. to be fired on Facebook

A 16-year-old girl from the northwest of England has been fired from her Saturday job at a local tea room via a message posted by her manager on Facebook. It is believed that she is the first person in the U.K. to be fired in that manner.

Washington marchers demand immigration reform

With much of the attention in Washington on Sunday focused on the healthcare vote in the U.S. House of Representatives tens of thousands of people still gathered in the city to demand action on immigration reform.

Protest in Washington to mark 7th anniversary of Iraq invasion

Police made at least five arrests in Washington DC on Saturday as an anti-war protest took place in the city on the seventh anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Teenage boy arrested for racially offensive Walmart announcement

Authorities in Gloucester County, New Jersey have confirmed that a 16-year-old boy was arrested and later released on Friday in connection with a racially offensive announcement made over the public address system in a Walmart store.

Obama sends New Year message to people of Iran

In a repeat of an exercise he did last year, U.S. President Barack Obama has produced a video message for Iranians around the world in which he says that the "choice for a better future" remains "in the hands of Iran’s leaders".

Police seeking man who tried to sell 4-year-old son on Craigslist

Police in the northwestern U.S. are seeking a man who advertised his 4-year-old son for sale, at a price of $5,000, on the community notice website Craigslist.

Retired U.S. general links massacre to presence of gay soldiers

A retired Marine Corps general and former NATO commander told the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that the presence of openly gay soldiers in the Dutch military contributed to a 1995 massacre of over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys.

Church bans Tai Chi class because of Taoism link

Senior members of a church in Northern England have decided that a Tai Chi class may no longer be held in the church hall because the martial art is closely connected to Taoism, a religion that originates in Eastern Asia.

Netanyahu brother-in-law: Obama is anti-Semitic

The brother-in-law of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that U.S. President Barack Obama is anti-Semitic. The Prime Minister is refuting Hagi Ben-Artzi's statement.

Walmart store announcement: All black people must leave

Police in New Jersey are investigating a possible bias crime after shoppers at a Walmart store heard a public announcement instructing all black shoppers to leave the premises.

March of SS veterans face protest in Latvia

A march by veterans of two Latvian units of the Waffen SS, and their supporters, took place in the country's capital Riga on Tuesday. Protesters met the marchers at the city's Freedom Monument.

Boss would rather employ ex-offenders than veterans

The founder and principle owner of a web design company in the southwest of England has been condemned for stating that he would rather employ ex-offenders than former members of the British military.

McCain opponent: Gay marriage could lead to human wedding horse

The man attempting to defeat John McCain and secure the Republican nomination for this year's election to the U.S. Senate in Arizona has suggested that laws permitting gay marriage may lead to humans being able to marry horses.

Girls, 8 and 10, must spend weekends with sex offender father

It has emerged that a Family Court in Australia ruled in January that two girls, aged eight and 10, must spend every other weekend with their father, at present on the Sexual Offenders Register because of a child pornography conviction.

Spanish-led operation results in arrest of 69 Mafia suspects

An operation overseen by the authorities in Spain has resulted in the arrests over the weekend and on Monday of at least 69 people suspected of being members of a mafia gang run by either Russians or Georgians.

British pair appeal against jail sentence in Dubai for kissing

A British man and woman convicted of violating the decency laws in Dubai by kissing on the lips must wait until April to find out if they are to be jailed for the offense.

Court rules that prison may continue force-feeding hunger striker

A Superior Court judge in Connecticut has ruled that prison officials in the U.S. state may continuing force-feeding a British man on hunger strike over what he claims is a wrongful conviction for rape.

After the Tea Party comes the Coffee Party

Following the growing influence of the Tea Party on the political debate in the U.S. a new movement, the Coffee Party, has emerged, with the aim of giving "voice to Americans who want to see cooperation in government".
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