Monthly Archives: August 2011

Judge throws out criminal case against Dominic Strauss-Kahn

The criminal case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, officially ended Tuesday after a Manhattan judge dismissed all charges at the prosecution’s request. Prosecutors in the office of Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, told the judge, Michael J. Obus of State Supreme Court, that they could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt because of serious credibility issues with the hotel housekeeper who had accused Mr. Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her as she entered his suite to clean it. The judge initially had issued a stay on his decision until an appellate court could hear the housekeeper’s motion to remove … Continue reading

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Commonwealth mourns death of Sir Paul Reeves

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said he has been deeply saddened at news of the passing away of Sir Paul Reeves on Sunday 14 August 2011. “The loss is felt across many countries and communities of the Commonwealth where Sir Paul’s presence and contributions for the good have been felt. The former New Zealand Archbishop and Governor-General served with distinction on the Commonwealth’s behalf in South Africa, Ghana, Guyana, and most recently as the Secretary-General’s personal Special Representative to Fiji. “Sir Paul was a true friend of the Commonwealth and its peoples. He served the Commonwealth with passion and dedication,” Mr Sharma said. “It is a great loss to New Zealand. Sir Paul’s … Continue reading

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Iran accuses Britain of mistreating rioters

  Iran has called on the British government to “restrain” the police and stop the “violent treatment” of rioters. The foreign ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, said dialogue would calm the situation, and urged the UK to respond to the demands of the “protesters”. He also asked human rights organisations to investigate the death of Mark Duggan, which led to the riots. A prominent conservative MP said Iran was ready to dispatch a group of experts to investigate “human rights violations” in the UK. Hossein Ebrahimi, the deputy head of the parliamentary committee on national security and foreign policy, said Britain should facilitate the visit “without making false excuses”, according to … Continue reading

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Remembering BBC reporter Ahmed Omed Khpulwak

Ahmed Omed Khpulwak, who was killed last week in a militant attack in the Afghan province of Uruzgan, worked as a reporter for the BBC Pashto service. His colleague, former BBC World Service Kabul bureau editor Dawood Azami, knew him for almost three years and remembers a man who was full of life. On the morning he was killed, Omed filed a news report for the BBC in Pashto. It would turn out to be his last. ‘Dear BBC listeners’, he began, ‘I’m in a district where 1,700 new homes are being constructed. The residents here say they now have work and their town is being rebuilt.’ Later in the … Continue reading

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