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  • Sarkozy's war with judges risks hurting French establishment

    By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - In accusing magistrates of persecuting him, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy is taking on an old enemy in a fight that could hurt both politicians and judges, fuelling a sense of public disenchantment with France's ruling elite. Sarkozy's hopes of winning back power suffered a heavy blow when, after 15 hours in police custody, he was placed under formal investigation on July 2, suspected of using his influence to gain details of a probe into his 2007 election campaign. Already the far-right National Front, which topped the polls in France at May's elections to the European Parliament, is seeking to capitalize on the Sarkozy affair as further evidence of something rotten at the heart of the political establishment. Its leader Marine Le Pen has described Sarkozy's conservative UMP party and President Francois Hollande's ruling Socialists as "all corrupt." Eighty percent of Sarkozy supporters suspect political machinations in his latest case.

  • Iraq parliament postpones decision on new leaders
    Iraq parliament postpones decision on new leaders

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's deadlocked parliament failed Sunday to overcome the deep divisions hampering the formation of a new government, making no progress on choosing new leaders who could help hold the nation together and confront the Sunni militant blitz that has overrun much of the country.

  • Terrific World Cup ends with marquee final
    Terrific World Cup ends with marquee final

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The World Cup is ending with a marquee match-up of Argentina against Germany, and host Brazil rushing to be ready for an even bigger logistical challenge: the 2016 Olympics.

  • Small SC town rallies for fired gay police chief
    Small SC town rallies for fired gay police chief

    LATTA, S.C. (AP) — When openly gay police chief Crystal Moore was fired by a mayor who condemned her lifestyle as "questionable," she feared her two decade career in law enforcement in this town was over.

  • The iPhone 6′s sapphire display might not be all it’s cracked up to be
    The iPhone 6′s sapphire display might not be all it’s cracked up to be

    The potential sapphire display of the iPhone 6 has been rumored, substantiated and confirmed several times over the past year, but all we’ve ever heard about sapphire are its advantages. It’s durable, it’s scratch-resistant and Apple has even had experience using it in the past on protective glass covering the iPhone camera and the home button of the 5s, but there must be a downside, right? Right. Engadget’s Brad Molen spoke with several influential representatives of the smartphone industry to put together the other side of the story, and all of a sudden, sapphire isn’t looking quite like the dream material we thought it might be. “The cost and supply aren’t where we’d like them to be for sapphire to be

  • Thousands abandon their Gaza homes
    Thousands abandon their Gaza homes

    Thousands of Palestinians were fleeing northern Gaza on Sunday after a night of intense Israeli strikes and an explicit warning from the army that the raids were set to intensify. In Beit Lahiya, whole streets were emptying, with residents fleeing with all the belongings they could carry -- by car, by donkey- and horse-drawn carts, and on foot. Mohammed Sultan packed his family's belongings onto a horse-drawn cart, with five children sitting among the hastily assembled items. He walked alongside the cart, with other adult relatives, heading for a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA).

  • Heads up! Supermoon is here
    Heads up! Supermoon is here

    Look! Up in the sky! It's supermoon!

  • Romania puts former prison commander on trial
    Romania puts former prison commander on trial

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — For the first time since communism collapsed in Romania 25 years ago, a former prison commander goes on trial Monday charged with being responsible for the torture and murdering prisoners considered a threat to the country's old order.

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