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  • Clashes in Paris as thousands march against Israel offensive
    Clashes in Paris as thousands march against Israel offensive

    Clashes erupted in Paris on Sunday as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of residents in the Gaza Strip, where a six-day conflict has left 166 Palestinians dead. The descent into violence in the Gaza Strip began on June 12 when three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and later murdered, triggering a major military crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank and an escalation of rocket fire from Gaza. The brutal revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager by Jewish extremists on July 2 added further fuel to the fire, turning into an all-out conflict on July 8 when Israel launched an air campaign against Gaza militants. The Palestinian death toll from Israel's punishing air campaign has hit 166.

  • Woods gets early new taste of Royal Liverpool
    Woods gets early new taste of Royal Liverpool

    Tiger Woods was out practicing on Saturday at Royal Liverpool, the venue for next week's 143rd British Open and the course where he won the 2006 title. Woods set out mid-morning in the company of fellow American Patrick Reed who captured this year's WGC-Cadillac Championship in March.

  • Snowden attacks British emergency surveillance laws
    Snowden attacks British emergency surveillance laws

    Fugitive US intelligence expert Edward Snowden attacked British plans for emergency laws to allow police and security services greater access to Internet and phone data on Sunday. In an interview with The Guardian newspaper, to whom the former National Security Agency contractor revealed the existence of mass surveillance programmes a year ago, Snowden said the planned laws were "beyond belief". The British parliament is this week due to debate new legislation allowing Internet providers and mobile phone companies to keep details of communications between people in case they are needed in investigations. In April the European Court of Justice threw out an EU law that forced companies to retain data for at least six months, saying it breached the right to privacy.

  • Exclusive: Prosecutors' case against GM focuses on misleading statements

    By Emily Flitter and Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors are developing a criminal fraud case hinged on whether General Motors made misleading statements about a deadly ignition switch flaw, and are examining activity dating back a decade, before GM's 2009 bankruptcy, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation. Two state officials said that effort is likely to focus on whether GM broke consumer protection laws. Sources said federal criminal prosecutors are working on a set of mail and wire fraud charges, similar to the criminal case Toyota Motor Corp settled earlier this year over misleading statements it made to American consumers and regulators about two different problems that caused cars to accelerate even as drivers tried to slow down. Delphi Automotive, the maker of the GM switch, is not a target of criminal charges, the people said, because it did not make substantial public statements about the safety of the vehicles or the part.

  • Mixed-race 'Rola' changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture
    Mixed-race 'Rola' changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture

    In celebrity-obsessed Japan with its conveyor belt of 15-minute stars, fashion icon 'Rola' is blazing a meteoric trail at the forefront of a galaxy of mixed-race stars changing the DNA of Japanese pop culture. A marketing gold mine, Rola smiles down celestially from giant billboards, her wide eyes and girlie pout grace magazine covers and she even greets you at vending machines. Japan's largely mono-ethnic society -- a culture where skin whitening creams are still huge business -- has long been mirrored by its entertainment industry. Rola and host of others are beginning to change that.

  • Swimming Olympian Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay: reports
    Swimming Olympian Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay: reports

    Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe reveals he is gay in an interview set to be broadcast Sunday, according to media reports, after years of denying rumours about his sexuality. The five-time Olympic gold medallist makes the revelation in an interview with British presenter Michael Parkinson due to be aired later Sunday by Australia's Channel Ten, reports said. Fellow Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice tweeted: "Thorpie is and always will be a superstar in my eyes." Olympic diver Matthew Mitcham, who revealed he was gay in 2008, said he could "totally understand how difficult this whole process has been for him".

  • Targeted by Argentina, Schweinsteiger fights on
    Targeted by Argentina, Schweinsteiger fights on

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Battered and bloodied, Bastian Schweinsteiger kept fighting. No Argentine tackle or foul would keep the German midfielder from lifting the World Cup trophy.

  • Dwight Howard Tweets and Quickly Deletes #FreePalestine
    Dwight Howard Tweets and Quickly Deletes #FreePalestine

    Dwight Howard, the star center on the Houston Rockets, the only NBA team with an Israeli player, briefly waded into the digital discourse on the ongoing battle between Israel and Hamas. The offending (depending on your take) tweet came late on Saturday afternoon, reportedly in response to a fan plea on Twitter.  I have never commented on international politics and never will. — Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) July 12, 2014 I apologize if I offended anyone with my previous tweet, it was a mistake! — Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) July 12, 2014

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