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  1. A jury in a North Carolina federal civil rights case has awarded US$75 million to two Black, intellectually disabled half-brothers who spent decades behind bars after being wrongfully convicted in the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl.The eight-person jury on Friday decided Henry McCollum and Leon Brown should received $31 million each in compensatory damages, $1 million for every year...
  2. Nearly 60 years ago, dozens of soldiers assembled for a top-secret mission to Vietnam, three years before President Lyndon Johnson officially sent US combat troops to the country.They never made it. Their plane disappeared between Guam and the Philippines, leaving behind no trace.Ever since, their families have been fighting to get answers about the mission from the Pentagon. They also want...
  3. When Joe Biden was sworn in as US president more than three months ago, observers expected the official American script on China’s influence in Africa would change.China is Africa’s biggest trading partner and bilateral lender, and the administration of former US president Donald Trump had aggressively pursued the “debt trap” narrative, accusing Beijing of burdening countries on the continent...
  4. A quartet of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s accusers have reportedly been subpoenaed to provide sworn testimony in the state Attorney General’s investigation of their sexual harassment charges, with one expected to appear in court this month.Cuomo’s former aide Charlotte Bennett, who accused Cuomo of sexual advances while the pair were alone inside his office, is expected to testify under oath...
  5. An explosion inside a mosque on the outskirts of the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least 12 people during Friday prayers as worshippers gathered for the Eid al-Fitr holiday during a ceasefire.The Taliban insurgent group, which declared the three-day truce for the holiday, condemned the attack in a statement.Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on Saturday through its Nasheer news...
  6. Bodies of Covid-19 victims have been found dumped in some Indian rivers, a state government letter seen by Reuters says, in the first official acknowledgement of the alarming practice, which it said may stem from poverty and fear of the disease in remote areas.Images of corpses drifting down the Ganges river, which is considered holy in Hinduism, have shocked the country, reeling under the...
  7. An Israeli air strike on Saturday targeted and destroyed a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed offices of Associated Press and other media outlets. Hours later, Israel bombed the home of Khalil al-Hayeh, a top leader of Gaza’s ruling militant Hamas group.The Israeli military said Al-Hayeh’s home served as part of what it said was the militant group’s “terrorist infrastructure.” Al-Hayeh...
  8. Thousands of protesters marched in support of Palestinians on Saturday in major European cities including London, Berlin, Madrid and Paris, and in the United States in Boston and Washington, DC as the worst violence in years raged between Israel and militants in Gaza.In London, several thousand protesters carrying placards reading “Stop Bombing Gaza” and chanting “Free Palestine” converged on...
  9. The student reporter who gained national acclaim when he interviewed President Barack Obama at the White House in 2009 has died of natural causes, his family said.Damon Weaver was 23 when he died on May 1, his sister, Candace Hardy, told the Palm Beach Post. Further details were not released. He had been studying communications at Albany State University in Georgia.Weaver was 11 when he...
  10. When China’s Zhu Rong rover finally touched down on Mars on Saturday after seven months of space travel, a “Made in Hong Kong” camera installed on the rover ensured the landing was smooth.The Mars Landing Surveillance Camera, which is just 390 grammes in weight but can withstand extreme temperatures, was invented by researchers at Polytechnic University.“I am honoured that two PolyU research...