On day three of Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial, in a surprise appearance on the witness stand, a friend testified that he had taken the fall for the athlete during a public shooting incident a month before Steenkamp’s death.
Day three of the Oscar Pistorius trial was both brief and peppered with interruptions as issues with the media, last-minute requests for evidence and one (somewhat) surprise witness caused a two-hour lag in proceedings, and arguably a headache for both sets of counsel. The first witness of the day, Mr. Charl Johnson (the husband of previous witness, Dr. Michelle Burger) returned to testify following a brief start in court yesterday. Johnson, an IT designer, had mentioned that he had been bombarded with messages from officious members of public, and presumably, international news outlets (he received a phone call from an ‘overseas person’) the previous evening, after his cellphone number was read out in court on Tuesday.
The world’s ultra-rich now prefer the Thames to the Hudson. Is De Blasio to blame?
London has surpassed New York as the world’s greatest city. Resplendent, booming, and conveniently located for the growing cadre of Russian oligarchs and Arab petro-billionaires, the European capital has leapfrogged its long-time American rival.Among the world’s richest people, Britain is seen as the most desirable place for the next multi-million-dollar apartment with a view. With favorable visa rules, a political and financial center, cultural excellence and a network of elite private schools to finesse their heirs, the very wealthiest are now focused on London.
A judge awards a New Zealand prostitute $21,000 over a sexual-harassment lawsuit against her employer.
Lawsuits accusing male bosses and coworkers of lecherous behavior are unfortunately common in courts across the Western world. So why the ubiquitous media coverage of what appears to be a standard sexual harassment claim in New Zealand, in which a 22-year old woman extracted $21,000 from her employer for "humiliation, loss of dignity and injury to feelings?”The slight wrinkle in this case is that the plaintiff is a prostitute, employed at a legal and regulated brothel.
This is just the crisis to make themselves seem relevant again within the GOP—even if they’re undermining the commander in chief at a pivotal moment.
Say this for Rudy Giuliani: He gave away the game with his now-infamous admiring comments on Fox News two days ago about Vladimir Putin. “He makes a decision and he executes it, quickly,” the former mayor said. “Then everybody reacts. That’s what you call a leader. President Obama, he’s got to think about it. He’s got to go over it again. He’s got to talk to more people about it.” Giuliani, once a genuinely moderate Republican (go look up his mayoral immigration record) and a man whom aides used to describe a long time ago as the one figure capable of pulling the national GOP back toward the center (I swear, I had those conversations), has served for some time now as little more than a right-wing standup comic—and a staggeringly hypocritical one at that.
One U.S. intelligence agency told Congress that Russia wouldn’t take over part of Ukraine. Now Congress wants to know what the spies were thinking.
The House intelligence committee is ordering a review of the intelligence analysis leading up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine after U.S. spy agencies last week concluded that Moscow would launch no such invasion.Rep. Mike Rogers, the Republican chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told The Daily Beast Tuesday that he was ordering a review of the intelligence analysis that produced what was in retrospect a flawed assessment: that the buildup of Russian troops on Ukraine’s border was simply a bluff by Vladimir Putin.
Patrick Rock, a close aide to David Cameron, was key in crafting child porn prevention policy. Now he’s been arrested on child porn-related charges himself.
A special aide to British Prime Minister David Cameron, who advised the U.K. government on the installation of online porn filters, has himself been arrested on suspicion of offences relating to child pornography.British newspapers report that Patrick Rock resigned from his job just before he was arrested last month.Rock, the 62-year-old deputy head of Number 10’s policy unit since 2011, was also the subject of a complaint about “alleged inappropriate behavior” during his time at 10 Downing Street, a spokesman for the prime minister has revealed.
Istanbul prosecutors are trying a Georgian national for allegedly hunting down and mudering a Chechen rebel on the orders of Russia’s spy agency, the FSB.
ISTANBUL—In a case reminiscent of a John le Carré thriller, a prosecutor in Istanbul is accusing Russia of sending hit men to Turkey to kill Chechen activists.A court in Istanbul this week started proceedings against Temur Makhauri, a Georgian national who allegedly killed a Chechen Islamist rebel in Istanbul in 2009. On the opening day of the trial on March 3, Mr Makhauri, who operated under the codename “Zona” according to the prosecution, plead not guilty to the killing of Ali Osaev, a local leader of the Caucasus Emirate, a group defined as a terrorist organisation by both Russia and the United States.
The protesters who ousted Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych now say they fear Russia’s aggression and are looking to the West to make guarantees of military protection against Putin’s troops.
KIEV—Stamping their feet and moving closer to barrels serving as braziers on this cold misty morning, the Maidan protesters on Kiev’s Independence Square say they have no intention of decamping from their canvas tents any time soon. They have two enemies to see off first: Russia’s Vladimir Putin and the country’s politicians, including those who have replaced the president they ousted, Viktor Yanukovych.And they expect that process will take months.
At a press conference Tuesday, Russia’s president said Ukraine was the victim of a hostile takeover by Western agents, but he doesn’t want war. Is the crisis already abating?
Is Russian President Vladimir Putin backing off from a confrontation with the West over Ukraine? Not hardly. But at a small question-and-answer session Tuesday he did hit the pause button, not least to show that he’s the man who holds the remote. As a testy Putin fielded a few sharp queries and a lot of softballs (and ordered a woman out of the room when her phone rang) what may have been most remarkable was the way he described the drama he’s been watching in the Ukraine.
Masked attackers stabbed over 160 people at a train station over the weekend in Kunming—and Beijing is blaming the violence on Uighurs from its restive Xinjiang province.
Kunming, in southwest China, is one of the country’s most pleasant provincial capitals, a sleepy city known for its sunny climate and rich horticultural life. But on Saturday night, it played host to a gruesome act of terror: At least ten masked individuals, dressed in black, entered the city’s main train station and began stabbing passengers with knives and daggers. Within minutes, the police arrived and killed four assailants and captured a fifth, while three others were captured Monday.
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