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March 17, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO  - A state-appointed human rights panel on Monday blamed both sides for the deadly violence seven months ago when security forces broke up protest camps set up by supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. The National Council for Human Rights, releasing its findings at a news conference, said it had confirmed the deaths of 632 people, most of them protesters. Egyptian and international human rights groups have put the toll over several days in mid-August at nearly double that.
March 16, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
The possibility that Malaysia Air Flight 370 was hijacked has heartened the relatives of passengers who are holding out hope that the missing plane landed in some remote location, perhaps a tropical island. "My gut feeling is that it landed. I still feel his spirit. I don't feel he is dead," said Sarah Bajc, a 48-year-old American teacher living in Beijing whose partner, Philip Wood, a 50-year-old IBM executive, was a passenger on the flight. A former technology executive, Bajc has been one of the most proactive of the family members, setting up Facebook and Twitter accounts encouraging people to keep looking for the plane.
March 13, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Police and municipal officials in Austin, Texas, are set to discuss an incident that left two dead at SXSW, the city's annual arts, cinema and interactive festival. Watch the news conference live below: (That livestream event is over. More here from KXAN Austin.)
March 12, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley, who collapsed on his team's bench Monday after experiencing a cardiac event, appeared at a news conference Wednesday to thank the medical personnel who took care of him and others who have offered him support since the incident. However, one of his doctors, Robert Dimeff, said Peverley won't play again this season. The 31-year-old forward is scheduled to travel to Cleveland and undergo surgery in an attempt to regulate his heartbeat in the aftermath of an incident that caused him to lose consciousness as he returned to the bench during the first period of the Stars' game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
March 12, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING  -  Investigators appeared no closer to locating Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Wednesday, as officials defended their handling of the search for the aircraft that went missing five days ago. At the latest count, there were 42 ships and 39 aircraft scouring the waters and jungles of Southeast Asia, searching for the plane. Twelve countries are now involved with Japan, India and Brunei the latest to pitch in. "This is unprecedented what we are going through," Malaysia's acting transportation minister, Hishamuddin Hussein, said at a stormy televised news conference late Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.
March 11, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 grew more puzzling Tuesday as reports suggested the plane may have veered more than 300 miles west of its intended flight path and flew lower and longer than previously thought. Although the flight from Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, to Beijing disappeared from civilian air traffic control screens at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, military sources told the Malaysian press that it was detected by the military at 2:40 a.m. over the Strait of Malacca - a narrow stretch of water off the west coast of the Malay peninsula.
March 7, 2014 | By David Ng
He isn't completely deaf. He didn't really compose his own music. And now he's sorry for lying about it. Mamoru Samuragochi, the composer who was once popularly referred to as the Beethoven of Japan, appeared at a news conference in Tokyo on Friday and apologized for deceiving the public. "I have caused a great deal of trouble with my lies for everyone, including those people who bought my CDs and came to my concerts," he said, according to a report from Reuters. GRAPHIC: Highest-earning conductors In February, it was revealed that Samuragochi had employed a ghost writer to compose his symphonies and other music, and that his claims to being totally deaf weren't true.
February 28, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO - An Egyptian army doctor's recent announcement that the country's military had developed devices that could detect HIV and cure AIDS and hepatitis C has caused a furor of disbelief rather than praise. The physician, Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Abdul Atti, said last week that 22 years of studies that were endorsed by Egypt's intelligence service as a "secret project" reached findings that would "revolutionize" the process of curing viruses. The announcement at a news conference was accompanied by a short video that showed patients connected to machines.
February 22, 2014 | By Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- Algeria's ailing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika ended months of speculation about his political future by announcing Saturday that he would run for a fourth term in office, Algeria's state news agency, APS , reported. The relatively weak Algerian opposition has often said that the 76-year-old, who suffered a stroke last year, lacks the physical abilities to prolong his 15-year rule of country. However, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal denied that Bouteflika 's health is an issue when he confirmed the president's candidacy in the election scheduled for April 17. "President Bouteflika is healthy and he has the required intellectual capacities and vision to fulfill his duties," Sellal said Saturday at a news conference at the African Conference on Green Economy in the western Algerian city of Oran.
February 13, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- He's been in charge for only about a month, but New York's Mayor Bill de Blasio has already angered one famous city resident: Al Roker, weatherman of NBC and Weather Channel fame, who took off on the mayor on Twitter.  Despite 5 to 8 inches of snow falling during the morning commute, De Blasio and his schools chancellor, Carmen Farina, decided to keep the city's public schools open, a decision that angered many parents, including Roker....
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