<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> us-world]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/us-world Tue, 31 May 2016 08:29:08 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Egyptian girl dies during female circumcision]]> http://gazette.com/egyptian-girl-dies-during-female-circumcision/article/feed/355636?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/egyptian-girl-dies-during-female-circumcision/article/feed/355636?custom_click=rss CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian Health Ministry official says a 17-year-old girl has died while undergoing female circumcision.

Lotfi Abdel-Sameeia told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the girl died of a suspected stroke while under anesthesia during the operation in the city of Suez. Authorities ordered the hospital closed and referred doctors for prosecution after the girl died on Saturday.

Female genital mutilation was criminalized in 2008 but remains widespread in Egypt.

Vivian Fouad, head of the Health Ministry's anti-FGM program, called the incident a "crime committed by criminals known as doctors. " She said such operations are usually carried out on younger girls.

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:18:01 -0600 <![CDATA[NFL's Cam Newton brings Nickelodeon series to White House]]> http://gazette.com/nfls-cam-newton-brings-nickelodeon-series-to-white-house/article/feed/355553?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/nfls-cam-newton-brings-nickelodeon-series-to-white-house/article/feed/355553?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has scored big for his new Nickelodeon series that launches Friday.

Newton brought 10-year-old Rosie Smolowitz to the White House to interview Michelle Obama for the cable TV series "All in with Cam Newton." The NFL star helps kids fulfill some of their dreams.

A White House spokeswoman says the first lady highlighted a program called "Every Kid in a Park." The program grants free access to national parks and forests, and public lands and waters to fourth-graders and their families.

Mrs. Obama, Newton and Rosie also talked about the Charlotte, North Carolina, youngster's dream of becoming become president, and about staying healthy and active.

The interv

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:15:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Organization of American States head moves against Venezuela]]> http://gazette.com/organization-of-american-states-head-moves-against-venezuela/article/feed/355631?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/organization-of-american-states-head-moves-against-venezuela/article/feed/355631?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Organization Of American States is calling for an emergency meeting of regional governments to evaluate Venezuela's respect for democracy. It's a move that could lead to the country's suspension from the hemispheric body.

Luis Almagro on Tuesday said Venezuela had suffered an alteration of constitutional order called for a vote on the matter in the coming weeks.

Venezuela could be suspended from the organization if two-thirds of the organization's 34 member states to vote that the country's leadership has gravely undermined democracy there.

Almagro has been feuding with Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro accused him of working with the opposition and the U.S. to undermine Vene

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:15:05 -0600 <![CDATA[Heavy clashes as Iraqi forces push into IS-held Fallujah]]> http://gazette.com/heavy-clashes-as-iraqi-forces-push-into-is-held-fallujah/article/feed/355524?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/heavy-clashes-as-iraqi-forces-push-into-is-held-fallujah/article/feed/355524?custom_click=rss

CAMP TARIQ, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah repelled a four-hour counterattack by the Islamic State group on Tuesday, a day after entering the southern part of the militant-held city with the help of U.S.-led airstrikes.

A leading aid group meanwhile raised alarm over the unfolding "human catastrophe" in Fallujah, where an estimated 50,000 people remain trapped, and renewed calls on warring parties to open up safe corridors for civilians to flee.

The dawn attack unfolded in Fallujah's Nuaimiya area, most of which was captured by Iraqi troops the previous day, two special forces officers told The Associated Press. They spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to release the information.

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:15:00 -0600 <![CDATA[Global slavery index says 45.8 million people in servitude]]> http://gazette.com/global-slavery-index-says-45.8-million-people-in-servitude/article/feed/355633?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/global-slavery-index-says-45.8-million-people-in-servitude/article/feed/355633?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — About 45.8 million people around the world are trapped in modern slavery, a charity said Tuesday — almost a third more than it estimated two years ago.

The Walk Free Foundation's Global Slavery Index said that India has by far the largest number of modern slaves, 18.35 million, followed by China with 3.39 million and Pakistan with 2.13 million.

North Korea was found to have the highest per capita rate of modern slavery, with 4.37 percent of its population affected.

The report — launched at a London event hosted by actor Russell Crowe — ranked 167 countries by the number of people affected by practices included forced labor, debt bondage, forced marriage and sexual exploitation.

The total of

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:14:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Indian comedian faces backlash for video mocking celebrities]]> http://gazette.com/indian-comedian-faces-backlash-for-video-mocking-celebrities/article/feed/355622?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/indian-comedian-faces-backlash-for-video-mocking-celebrities/article/feed/355622?custom_click=rss NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in India have asked Facebook and YouTube to remove a video posted by a comedian that mocks a legendary Indian singer and a cricket player.

Comedian Tanmay Bhat posted a Snapchat video last week using the app's face swap feature to impersonate cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and singer Lata Mangeshkar and show them arguing with each other.

The expletive- and rant-laden video has Tendulkar telling the 86-year-old singer that she is "5,000 years old" and should die after she says another cricketer is better than he is.

The 43-year-old cricketer retired from the sport in 2013 but still enjoys a demi-god-like status.

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:10:53 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: German firefighter admits refugee home arson]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-german-firefighter-admits-refugee-home-arson/article/feed/355556?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-german-firefighter-admits-refugee-home-arson/article/feed/355556?custom_click=rss

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

A 25-year-old firefighter has confessed to an arson attack on a German home for asylum-seekers, saying he thought of all refugees as criminals.

The man told the Hagen state court, as his trial for attempted murder opened Tuesday, that he set fire to gasoline in the attic of the home in October over fears about burglaries, thefts, violent crimes and sexual attacks, the dpa news agency reported.

The fire only smoldered and none of the seven Syrian refugees living in the home were harmed.

The firefighter, whose name wasn't released in line with German privacy laws, said it was never his intention to harm anyone and that now he

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:07:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Ex-Miss Turkey gets suspended sentence for insulting Erdogan]]> http://gazette.com/ex-miss-turkey-gets-suspended-sentence-for-insulting-erdogan/article/feed/355527?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ex-miss-turkey-gets-suspended-sentence-for-insulting-erdogan/article/feed/355527?custom_click=rss

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A court on Tuesday convicted a former Miss Turkey of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through social media postings and gave her a 14-month suspended sentence, amid deepening concerns that the country is swaying toward an increasingly authoritarian form of rule.

The court in Istanbul found 27-year-old model Merve Buyuksarac guilty of insulting a public official but immediately suspended the sentence on condition that she does not reoffend within the next five years.

Her lawyer, Emre Telci, said he would file a formal objection to the verdict and appeal her case at the Strasbourg, France-based European Court of Justice.

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:04:56 -0600 <![CDATA[Rewind! Germany's top court nixes Kraftwerk sample verdicts]]> http://gazette.com/rewind-germanys-top-court-nixes-kraftwerk-sample-verdicts/article/feed/355619?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rewind-germanys-top-court-nixes-kraftwerk-sample-verdicts/article/feed/355619?custom_click=rss

BERLIN (AP) — German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk have suffered a legal setback at Germany's highest court in a suit over a two-second sample.

The verdict is a victory for German music producer Moses Pelham, who had used a beat from Kraftwerk's 1977 work "Metall auf Metall" without permission or payment.

Pelham had argued that restricting the use of even short sequences would limit his artistic freedom because rap and hip hop rely heavily on sampling.

Tuesday's ruling by Germany's Constitutional Court means lower courts will have to reconsider several verdicts in Kraftwerk's favor.

The court left open the possibility that Parliament could make payment for samples obligatory.

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:01:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Thai authorities carry on removal of tigers from temple]]> http://gazette.com/thai-authorities-carry-on-removal-of-tigers-from-temple/article/feed/355642?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thai-authorities-carry-on-removal-of-tigers-from-temple/article/feed/355642?custom_click=rss

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities say they have removed more of the 137 tigers kept in a Buddhist temple that operated as an admission-charging zoo and is suspected of illegally trafficking in the beasts.

The director of Thailand's Wildlife Conservation Office, Teunjai Noochdumrong, said Tuesday that 40 tigers were tranquilized and removed in two days. They are being taken to government animal shelters elsewhere in the country.

She said the temple in western Kanchanaburi province is still admitting tourists, but her personnel are warning visitors of the possible dangers of being present during the moving process.

Animal rights activists have long accused the temple of mistreating the tigers.

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:01:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Albanian mayor quits over past criminal conviction]]> http://gazette.com/albanian-mayor-quits-over-past-criminal-conviction/article/feed/355643?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/albanian-mayor-quits-over-past-criminal-conviction/article/feed/355643?custom_click=rss TIRANA, Albania (AP) — An Albanian mayor has resigned over his conviction for a brawl in the early 1990s. He's believed to be the first casualty of a five-month-old law barring people with criminal records from public posts.

Elvis Roshi, the major of Kavaja, said Tuesday he was resigning after discovering that he was convicted following a brawl at a refugee camp in Italy when he was a 16-year-old migrant. He says he wasn't taken to court at the time and didn't serve any sentence.

In a separate move later Tuesday, the Central Election Commission fired 18 council members in various cities.

The law passed in December was considered a key tool in fighting corruption, a major obstacle to Albania's ambitions to join the Eur

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 09:00:06 -0600 <![CDATA[17 killed in fire at Indian army ammunitions depot]]> http://gazette.com/17-killed-in-fire-at-indian-army-ammunitions-depot/article/feed/355504?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/17-killed-in-fire-at-indian-army-ammunitions-depot/article/feed/355504?custom_click=rss

NEW DELHI (AP) — A fire broke out at a major ammunition depot in western India on Tuesday, killing at least 17 army personnel, the Defense Ministry said.

At least 19 other people were injured in the blaze, said ministry spokesman Nitin Wakanker.

The fire at the Pulgaon ammunitions depot started before dawn, said an official at the local police station, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media. The army said that by evening the fire had been completely extinguished.

New Delhi Television reported that about 1,000 villagers had to be evacuated from the area soon after the blaze started.

The cause of the fire at the ammunition depot, one of India's largest, was not immed

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 08:59:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Trump fosters rivalries as in 'Celebrity Apprentice']]> http://gazette.com/trump-fosters-rivalries-as-in-celebrity-apprentice/article/feed/355540?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-fosters-rivalries-as-in-celebrity-apprentice/article/feed/355540?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — When Donald Trump acquired a pair of Atlantic City casinos in the mid-1980s, he pitted his managers against each other in a ferocious competition over everything from booking entertainers to attracting high-rolling gamblers.

That one of those managers was his wife, Ivana Trump, didn't earn her any slack.

"His tactic there, as our success surpassed the Castle's in 1987, was to shove the Plaza's performance in Ivana's face, like a mirror, holding it up for her to see the reflection of a less than successful manager," John O'Donnell, Ivana Trump's rival in the casino wars, wrote in a 1991 book.

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 08:58:11 -0600 <![CDATA[German NGO Cap Anamur founder Rupert Neudeck dies at 77]]> http://gazette.com/german-ngo-cap-anamur-founder-rupert-neudeck-dies-at-77/article/feed/355632?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/german-ngo-cap-anamur-founder-rupert-neudeck-dies-at-77/article/feed/355632?custom_click=rss

BERLIN (AP) — Rupert Neudeck, the co-founder of Germany-based humanitarian aid group Cap Anamur, which helped to rescue more than 10,000 Vietnamese "boat people," has died, the organization said. He was 77.

Neudeck, a former journalist who founded the Cologne-based organization with his wife Christel in 1979 in response to the Vietnamese refugee crisis, died Tuesday in Germany. Further details weren't being released at the family's request, the organization said.

Following the Vietnamese crisis, Cap Anamur expanded to provide humanitarian aid globally, focusing on medical care and education.

In 2004, it clashed with the Italian government when it tried to dock in the country after rescuing 37 Africans from the Mediter

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]]> Tue, 31 May 2016 08:57:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Big CAT scan: LSU mascot Mike the Tiger in cancer treatment]]> http://gazette.com/big-cat-scan-lsu-mascot-mike-the-tiger-in-cancer-treatment/article/feed/355531?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/big-cat-scan-lsu-mascot-mike-the-tiger-in-cancer-treatment/article/feed/355531?custom_click=rss

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Call it a big CAT scan.

Louisiana State University's live tiger mascot was sedated this past weekend and brought to a human cancer center near campus where he'll be treated for a rare cancer.

At the hospital, Mike VI received a CT scan and a radiation simulation. During the simulation, doctors set up devices that will keep the 420-pound tiger in position for precisely targeted radiotherapy to treat a tumor on his face.

The LSU veterinary school says in a statement that doctors haven't yet decided whether to treat Mike on one day or over two or three days. They say that without treatment Mike could live one or two months, but treatment could extend that to one or two years.

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