Britain defies court

LONDON.Britain was on a collision course with the European Court of Human Rights yesterday after lawmakers overwhelmingly backed a parliamentary motion to continue denying prisoners the right to vote...

Man sires 8 kids with stepdaughter

BERLIN.A German man accused of sexually abusing his stepson, daughter and stepdaughter and fathering eight children with the latter goes on trial next week, a court spokesman said yesterday.The 48-ye...

Sarkozy scrambles to limit damage

PARIS.Scrambling to limit damage from scandals over ministers’ holidays in Tunisia and Egypt, French President Nicolas Sarkozy gives a TV interview yesterday to smooth the bumps at the start of a big...

Sudanese minister shot dead in office

JUBA/KHARTOUM.Minister of Co-operatives and Rural Development in the South Sudan government Jimmy Lemi was shot dead in his office in Juba, capital of south Sudan, on Wednesday, a local correspondent...

SA to create US$1,2b jobs fund, says Zuma

CAPE TOWN.President Jacob Zuma announced the creation of US$1,2-billion job creation fund yesterday as he used a state of the nation speech to tackle rising criticism about South Africa’s rampant une...

Tunisian woman sets self on fire

TUNIS.A Tunisian woman was yesterday in a critical condition in hospital after setting herself on fire after she was unable to obtain medication for her cancer-stricken husband, a report said. The wo...

Taylor boycotts war crimes trial

Netherlands.Former Liberian president Charles Taylor boycotted his war crimes trial yesterday, forcing judges to adjourn the case after his lawyer accused the court of “injustice”.The snub by Taylor,...