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New Zealand man found guilty of killing British backpacker

New Zealand man found guilty of killing British backpacker

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Nov. 22 (UPI) -- A New Zealand jury on Friday found a 27-year-old man guilty of killing a British backpacker who disappeared a year ago while on a Tinder date in Aukland. The jury deliberated for more than five hours before returning the unanimous guilty verdict as the man convicted of killing Grace Millane stood with his hands by his side. The accused, who cannot be named by court order, is to be sentenced Feb. 21. Millane's body was found Dec. 9 in a bush area of Waitakere nearly a week after she went missing following a date with the accused on Dec. 1, the eve of her 22nd birthday. The prosecution argued during the three-week trial that Millane was strangled to death while the accused said she died of a tragic accident, the product of rough sex at his apartment. Millane's parents, Da...
Israeli PM Netanyahu decries corruption indictment as ‘attempted coup’

Israeli PM Netanyahu decries corruption indictment as ‘attempted coup’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decried a corruption indictment against him as "an attempted coup".Charges including bribery, fraud and breach of trust have been filed against Mr Netanyahu, raising further uncertainty over the political future of a country heading towards an unprecedented third election in less than a year. Mr Netanyahu has denied wrongdoing in three corruption cases and - in Donald Trump style - has previously dismissed the investigations into him as a "witch hunt". Image: The Israeli PM is the longest-serving leader in Israeli history The allegations include suspicions that he accepted hundreds of thousands of pounds' worth of champagne and cigars from billionaire friends, offered to trade favour...
Iran’s Rouhani claims victory over protests

Iran’s Rouhani claims victory over protests

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Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said government forces have suppressed a mass protest that erupted last week over a hike in fuel prices, according to state media. "The Iranian nation came victorious out of yet another historic test and showed that despite the country's economic problems and existing grievances about the manner of its management, they would never allow the balance to tilt in favor of the enemy," Rouhani said during a cabinet meeting in the capital of Tehran on Wednesday, state-run Press TV reported. Rouhani said the government's strong response has ended the protest, which he claims was orchestrated by a few well-organized "hooligans" on behalf of the United States, Israel, Saudi Arabia and other adversarial nations. "Our people have foiled the enemies' ...
Impeachment inquiry: Trump directed Ukraine pressure – Sondland

Impeachment inquiry: Trump directed Ukraine pressure – Sondland

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Media playback is unsupported on your device A top US diplomat has told an impeachment inquiry that he followed President Donald Trump's orders to put pressure on Ukraine to investigate his Democratic rival Joe Biden.Ambassador Gordon Sondland said the instruction came from Mr Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.The inquiry is assessing if Mr Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine as a precondition. He denies any wrongdoing. It is illegal in the US to seek foreign help to gain electoral advantage.Mr Biden is one of top contenders for the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election. Mr Sondland, the US ambassador to the EU, told the latest hearing in the US House of Representatives that Mr Giuliani had sought a public statement f...
Israel attacks Iranian military targets in Syria

Israel attacks Iranian military targets in Syria

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Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The Israeli military said Wednesday it carried out "wide-scale" strikes against Iranian targets in Syria overnight in retaliation for rockets fired at the country a day earlier. Israel Defense Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee said in a statement that warplanes had struck dozens of Iran's elite Al Quds Forces and Syrian military targets in Syria, including surface-to-air missiles, munition depots and military bases in areas concentred near Damascus. #BREAKING: We just carried out wide-scale strikes of Iranian Quds Force & Syrian Armed Forces targets in Syria in response to the rockets fired at Israel by an Iranian force in Syria last night.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 20, 2019 Israel said the 1 a.m. attack was in retaliation for four rockets lau