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American accused of tweeting about Zimbabwe president released from jail

American accused of tweeting about Zimbabwe president released from jail

World
Nov. 10 (UPI) -- An American citizen was released from a Zimbabwe jail on $ 1,000 bail Friday after her arrest last week for allegedly calling President Robert Mugabe a "sick and selfish man" on Twitter, her lawyer said.Martha O'Donovan, 25, was released from the Chikurubi maximum security prison outside the capital of Harare."She has been released to U.S. Embassy officials. That's all we can say," Kumbirai Mafunda, a spokesman for Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, told CNN.Authorities arrested O'Donovan on Nov. 4 during a dawn raid at her Harare residence. Police confiscated her electronic devices, including her laptop.O'Donovan, who works for Magamba TV, a satirical comedy station, was charged with insulting the president and subversion, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in pri...
A black-rights group warns would-be passengers about American Airlines

A black-rights group warns would-be passengers about American Airlines

Finance
TRAVEL advisory notices, which alert passengers to the risks of going to certain places, are standard business for frequent flyers. But last week brought an unusual one. The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), America’s oldest civil-rights organisation, warned black flyers about the dangers of travelling with American Airlines.The NAACP says that  “a pattern of disturbing incidents” has been reported by black passengers specifically about American Airlines. Such incidents “suggest a corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias”. Of the four incidents that the NAACP cite, two involved prominent black activists, PR Lockhart notes at Vox, a news site. Although the NAACP does not mention them by name, one is thought to be Rev William
Freed hostage says Taliban-linked captors killed infant daughter, raped American wife

Freed hostage says Taliban-linked captors killed infant daughter, raped American wife

World
After being held hostage for five years by a Taliban-affiliated terrorist network in the mountains of Afghanistan, a Canadian man, his American wife and their three children born in captivity arrived in Toronto Friday night. Joshua Boyle -- who arrived at Toronto's Pearson International Airport with his wife Caitlan Coleman and their children -- told reporters inside the Air Canada terminal that the Haqqani network killed a fourth child born in captivity, an infant daughter, and raped his wife. "The stupidity and the evil of the Haqqani networks, kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife engaged in helping ordinary villagers in Taliban-controlled regions of Afghanistan was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorizing the murder of my infant daughter, Martyr Boyle,"...
Tom Petty: The American rebel died of heartbreak

Tom Petty: The American rebel died of heartbreak

Entertainment
From the moment he saw Elvis, Tom Petty wanted to be a musician. But his unassuming style would make him the antithesis of rock'n'roll. His melodies were so classic they were easily overlooked; his lyrics so straightforward they suited everyone and no one in particular.But somehow, in a career spanning more than four decades, Petty's greatest hits have gradually become the soundtrack to our lives."When I met Elvis, we didn't really have a conversation. I was introduced by my uncle, and he sort of grunted my way," Petty said, of the moment he decided he wanted to be a rock star."I was really young and impressionable. Elvis looked sort of not real, as if he were glowing. He was astounding, even spiritual."He was everything Petty wasn't.:: Tom Petty dies at age 66 after cardiac arrestVideo:To...
American entrepreneurship is flourishing, if you know where to look

American entrepreneurship is flourishing, if you know where to look

Finance
AT FIRST glance, it seems that America’s economy is losing its mojo. Many economists, most notably Robert Gordon of Northwestern University, have lamented that productivity growth seems to be anaemic when compared with earlier golden eras (see Free exchange). A gloomy chorus of business leaders has echoed what media outlets have by now turned into a mantra, that American entrepreneurship is in steady decline. Surely America’s overall competitiveness, then, is plummeting?The answer from one influential think-tank, the World Economic Forum (WEF), is no. In its latest update to its long-running annual ranking of global economic competitiveness, published on September 27th, America rose from third place to second, ranking below only Switzerland.This is partly because poor economic policies and