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  • Oscar suicide watch

    July 2, 2014 10:01 PM 11

    Oscar Pistorius is at high risk of suicide if he does not continue to receive psychiatric treatment. This was one of the findings listed in a detailed forensic report on Pistorius, who was ordered to undergo psychological evaluation in May. Although the principal findings have been made public, Judge Thokozile Masipa, who is presiding over Pistorius's

  • Malaysia to return accused diplomat

    July 2, 2014 9:58 PM 10

    The Malaysian government decided it would be in the interests of justice to to return a diplomat charged with a sex offence to New Zealand, Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully says. Muhammad Rizalman, a 35-year-old defence attaché at the Malaysian High Commission, was charged with burglary and assault with intent to rape in May but left New Zealand

  • Sarkozy: Justice twisted by politics in probe

    July 2, 2014 9:44 PM 14

    PARIS: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Wednesday that the legal system was being used for political means after he was put under formal investigation on suspicions of using his influence to gain details of a probe into his 2007 election campaign. The step, which often but not always leads to trial, is a major setback to Sarkozy’s hopes of a comeback

  • U.S. hopes NSA surveillance on BJP will not affect ties

    July 2, 2014 9:34 PM 8

    The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said that it hoped that the National Security Agency’s authorisation to conduct surveillance on India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party would not impact bilateral ties, adding that diplomats from the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi had met their counterparts at the Ministry of External Affairs over this issue. In a briefing

  • Nicolas Sarkozy says justice twisted by politics

    July 2, 2014 9:28 PM 7

    Former President Nicolas Sarkozy says France's justice system is being used for political ends, after he was put under investigation on suspicion of using his influence to gain details of a probe into his 2007 election campaign. The judicial step, which often but not always leads to trial, is a major setback to Sarkozy's hopes of a political comeback

  • Russia and Ukraine 'agree steps' towards new truce

    July 2, 2014 9:11 PM 15

    The foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France say they have agreed on steps aimed at ending hostilities in eastern Ukraine. Germany's Walter Steinmeier said they agreed in talks in Berlin on a "package of measures" that paves the way for a bilateral ceasefire. Fighting in eastern Ukraine has increased since a shaky 10-day ceasefire expired

  • McCully defends inaction over diplomat

    July 2, 2014 8:57 PM 14

    Mr McCully defended not becoming involved in the case for seven weeks - after the story had broken in the media - in an interview with RNZ this morning. "It's a good and proper process to leave these matters to the prosecutorial authorities, the police on one hand and the consular protocol authorities." "The appropriate thing to do here is to enable

  • 8 killed in Kabul suicide bombing

    July 2, 2014 8:19 PM 13

    KABUL: A Taleban suicide bomber in Kabul killed eight military officers Wednesday in an attack on an air force bus, Afghan officials said, in the latest strike against the national security forces as US troops withdraw. The blast came the day after presidential election results were delayed in a worsening dispute over alleged fraud that threatens to tip Afghanistan

  • Tony Abbott supports Japan's proposal to give its military more powers

    July 2, 2014 8:13 PM 13

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has thrown his support behind a more assertive Japanese military, as a leading Chinese analyst warned that the growing tensions on China's periphery were going to get worse. Mr Abbott said Japan's decision to loosen the constraints of its post-war pacifist constitution would make it ''a stronger strategic partner for Australia''

  • For first time since World War II, Japan overturns ban on military fighting overseas

    July 2, 2014 7:57 PM 13

    For the first time since World War II, Japan has approved a reinterpretation of its constitution to allow greater use of military force to defend other countries, drawing an appeal from China to preserve regional peace and stability. Since Japan's defeat in the war, its military has been shackled by restrictions imposed by a victorious U.S. and that, over time, a majority