another term: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was sworn in Thursday to extend his 33-year rule another five. He won a broad but disputed victory on July 31.
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S.D. mayor reportedly set to resign in deal
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will resign from office as part of a mediation deal reached in his sexual harassment lawsuit, sources said. Filner’s decision to resign comes after three days of closed-door mediation and after six weeks of scandal in the city. At least 18 women have publicly accused Filner of sexual harassment, including one former aide who filed the lawsuit. In exchange for his resignation, the city will pay some, if not all, of Filner’s share of any damages awarded in the lawsuit, the sources said. The City Council is set to vote on the settlement Friday. However, Gloria Allred, the lawyer for the woman suing, said she had not agreed to the deal.
Teen explains texts sent before abduction
A California teen whose mother and brother were killed by a family friend said on national television that she once confided with the man about troubles with her mother and explained text messages exchanged on the day of the attack. Police say James Lee DiMaggio abducted Hannah Anderson and fled to Idaho before he was killed by authorities. In her first news interview since her rescue, Hannah told “Today” that she wrote to DiMaggio about a year ago as he guided her through a rough patch with her mother. She said she exchanged text messages with him before she disappeared about where he should pick her up from cheerleading practice.
Refugee detentions declared inhuman
Australia’s indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees amounts to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, the United Nations said, applying more international pressure on the government’s tough policies toward asylum seekers. The U.N. Human Rights Committee called on Australia to release the refugees, many of whom have been held as security threats for more than two years, and offer them compensation for what it said was the “serious psychological harm.”
Judge allows search of Snowden connection
British authorities can search for data harmful to national security on electronic equipment seized from the partner of a whistle-blowing journalist, but they are not allowed to copy, disclose or distribute any of the material, a judge ruled. Scotland Yard now has seven days to determine whether a laptop computer, cellphone and other devices belonging to David Miranda contain anything that endangers national security or shows him to be involved in terrorism. Miranda is the partner of reporter Glenn Greenwald, whose stories for the Guardian were based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden.
In twist, politician denies bribery charges
Disgraced politician Bo Xilai denied taking $3.5 million in bribes from businessmen and cross-examined one of them with a lawyer’s precision, launching an unexpectedly spirited defense in China’s biggest scandal in decades. Prosecutors ended months of suspense about the details of his charges, rolling out accusations that featured a villa in France and a football club, giving a glimpse of how colorful corruption can look in China.
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