Jacob Zuma given deadline to repay refurbishment funds

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, has 45 days to pay back more than $400,000 (£335,000) of public money spent refurbishing his private home, a lawyer said on Tuesday, after the constitutional court approved the sum.The court found in March that the president had violated the constitution by defying an order to repay some of the […]

Profile: Abdul Rahman, district Taliban leader

Abdul Rahman, the district Taliban leader who is reported to have died in the Nato airstrike that killed up to 130 people yesterday, was a thin, frail, shy man with a reputation as being part of the hardcore of Taliban.More of an administrator than a war leader, he ran the operation through a junta called […]

Baltasar Garzón has limited options after guilty verdict

Baltasar Garzón, the Spanish human rights investigator disbarred as a judge on Thursday, announced he would appeal against his sentence, and launched a fierce attack on the supreme court judges who found him guilty of illegal wiretapping.“I will take whatever legal measures are necessary to fight this sentence and will take all possible actions to […]

Posthumous awards given to native Texas soldier’s family

By Staff Sgt. Tony Foster, Division West Public AffairsGATESVILLE, Texas – Almost seven decades after his honorable discharge from the United States Army, the late Pfc. James Rhoads has been recognized for his bravery and valor for service to his country.U.S. Congressman John Carter, 31st Congressional District in the House of Representatives, and Maj. Gen […]

Practice makes perfect: Camp Liberty conducts mass casualty exercise

By Spc. Kim Wilkins BAGHDAD – It is 10 a.m. sharp. A loud boom echoes across the motor pool, accompanied by thick, acrid smoke and an amplified voice announcing, “Exercise, exercise, exercise!” Casualties lay on the ground, writhing in faux pain, waiting to be attended to.On May 3, Soldiers from Task Force Twister, the garrison […]

Russian spy agency targeting western diplomats

Russia’s spy agency is waging a massive undercover campaign of harassment against British and American diplomats, as well as other targets, using deniable “psychological” techniques developed by the KGB, a new book reveals.The federal security service (FSB) operation involves breaking into the private homes of western diplomats – a method the US state department describes […]

Far-right Pegida group plans UK rally in Newcastle

A far-right group that protests against the perceived “Islamisation of the west” has announced plans to march in Newcastle in its first UK rally.The German movement Pegida said it would hold an event in the city on 28 February in what local people fear is an attempt to whip up tension after the Paris attacks […]

British backpackers murder trial: DNA samples available for retesting

Key DNA crime scene samples, previously believed to have been destroyed, will be available for retesting in the trial of two Burmese migrants workers accused of killing two British tourists in Thailand.Lead defence lawyer Nakhon Chompuchat said the court asked the defence team on Friday to provide a list of the evidence they want independently […]

Barclays’ formal statement on Bob Diamond’s resignation

Barclays today announces the resignation of Bob Diamond as chief executive and a director of Barclays with immediate effect. Marcus Agius will become full-time chairman and will lead the search for a new chief executive. Marcus will chair the Barclays executive committee pending the appointment of a new chief executive and he will be supported […]

Harvey Weinstein awarded Légion d’honneur after The Artist support

Fresh from piloting French silent film The Artist to Oscar glory, Harvey Weinstein has cemented the thaw in US-France relations by being the latest Hollywood recipient of the Légion d’honneur.In the citation letter, Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, said the award “expresses our gratitude to someone who has always shown great friendship towards our country […]

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