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China tells Web sites to obey its controls

In China’s first official response to Google’s threat to leave the country, the government Thursday said foreign Internet companies are welcome but must obey the law and gave no hint of a possible compromise over Web censorship.


Fatal sex game leads to trial

Portland, Maine – A gun collector who introduced several weapons into sex play with two other men contends they were to fulfill a sexual fantasy. Instead, the combination of drugs, extreme sex and Russian roulette led to a manslaughter trial.
Both the defense and prosecutors say there was no intent to kill. But prosecutors say Bruce Lavallee-Davidson, 50, was responsible for ensuring his gun wasn’t loaded.


Demjanjuk trial hears about Nazi camp guards

Former Soviet prisoners of war were trained by the Nazis as guards and used regularly in the Germans’ machinery of mass murder, a historian testified Wednesday at the trial of John Demjanjuk.


People stand on rubble along Delmas road the day after an earthquake hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010.   A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Tuesday.

Thousands feared dead after powerful Haiti quake

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after a powerful earthquake flattened the president's palace, the cathedral, hospitals, schools, the main prison and whole neighborhoods. Officials feared thousands — perhaps more than 100,000 — may have perished but there was no firm count.


North Korea calls for peace talks

North Korea proposed Monday that a peace treaty to formally end the Korean War be signed this year, saying a return to negotiations on its nuclear program depends on better relations with Washington and the lifting of sanctions.


Cleric to stay in Kenyan jail

A radical Muslim cleric whose teachings influenced one of the 2005 London bombers will stay in a Kenyan jail until authorities can send him home, Kenya’s immigration minister said Monday.



Gay rights trial begins

The first federal trial to determine whether the U.S. Constitution prohibits states from outlawing same-sex marriage got under way Monday.

Expected to last two to three weeks, the proceedings involve a challenge to Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban approved by California voters in November 2008.
Regardless of the outcome, the case will likely be appealed to the Supreme Court, where it ultimately could become a landmark case determining if gay Americans have the right to marry.


Experiencing an Epiphany

Sitting at the table with my host family for the first time, the mood was beginning to relax. Then suddenly, the youngest daughter of the family got up from her chair and crawled under the tablecloth. I stole a fearful glance at my fellow student abroad, Joey Saporito, wondering if we were expected to duck under the table too. The mother bubbled away in French a bit too quickly for me to grasp what she said, producing a wheel of pastry with a sweet smell: la galette des rois (king’s cake).


Indiana University School of Law professor Dawn Johnsen.

Senate refuses to confirm IU professor to Dept. of Justice

It’s been almost a year since President Barack Obama nominated IU professor Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel. But because of party politics, Johnsen’s confirmation remains in senatorial limbo.


One student passes on the candlelight to the student next to her during the candlelight carol service at Canterbury Cathedral.

Celebrating Christmas in Canterbury

December is a magical time in Canterbury. The city center is transformed from a quaint English town into something more as Christmas lights adorn the High Street stores and the annual Christmas market sets up shop.


13 suspects arrested in Baghdad

BAGHDAD - Iraq’s top security chiefs said Sunday that the U.S. military had warned them in advance about an imminent attack, but the tip came too late to act on before last week’s deadly Baghdad bombings against government sites.


Secrets of sunny Provence

AIX-EN-PROVENCE, France - On the days I actually wake up in time for my 8 a.m. class, I get to see the sun rise over a mountain from my dorm room window.



Houston mayor-elect Annise Parker, center, celebrates her runoff election victory Saturday with her partner Kathy Hubbard, left, at a campaign party in Houston. Parker defeated former city attorney Gene Locke making Houston the largest U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor.

Houston elects openly gay mayor after runoff

HOUSTON - Houston became the largest U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor, with voters handing a solid victory to City Controller Annise Parker after a hotly contested runoff.


Sarkozy plans historic changes to France's capital

Ahh, Paris – could this city get any better? If Nicolas Sarkozy has his way, the city will undergo some drastic changes and restructuring – changes the likes of which have not been seen in Paris in more than 150 years.


Demonstrators were encouraged by slogans and videos projected on a large screen by the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition Saturday in London on Grosvenor Square. The group members were marching as a part of The Wave, an activist movement to encourage British Prime Minister Gordon Brown to represent their concerns at the UN climate change conference this week in Copenhagen.

The Wave for Copenhagen

LONDON - More than 50,000 people gathered in London last Saturday for a series of events known as The Wave, culminating in a three-hour march through the streets of London to encircle the Houses of Parliament.


China moves to indict top dissident for subversion

Police have finally presented a case against Liu Xiaobo, a prominent dissident who has been jailed for a year without charge after helping produce a high-profile manifesto calling for sweeping democratic reforms in China.



Ohio executes inmate with 1st-drug lethal injection

LUCASVILLE, Ohio - Ohio has executed a convicted killer through the first U.S. lethal injection using a single drug, a longer but supposedly less painful method than previous executions with three drugs.


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