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'All my life is like James Bond stuff. That's how I live my life'

JOHANNESBURG — When a Czech fugitive with shady underworld connections appeared in a South African court this week, journalists were barred from the courtroom because of fears they might be assassins in disguise, with guns hidden in their cameras and pens. This James Bond-style scenario might sound far-fetched, but it is just the latest installment in the bizarre case of Radovan Krejcir.

Charlize Theron's childhood home in South Africa a murder scene, again

A man was killed during a robbery at the same Benoni, South Africa house that actress Charlize Theron grew up in, and where in 1991 her mother shot and killed her father in self defense.
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Oscar winning Actress Charlize Theron wipes away tears as she meets former South African President Nelson Mandela at Mandela House following her Academy Awards success, on March 11, 2004 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Naashon Zalk/Getty Images)
The murder happened at the same house where Charlize Theron grew up, and where in 1991 her mother shot and killed her father in self defense.
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Another South African sporting legend shot by robbers

A former Olympic hurdler was shot during a robbery at her home in South Africa, while boxing champion Corrie Sanders was shot and killed during a robbery at a restaurant.
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Heavyweight boxing champion Corrie Sanders works out ahead of a 2004 fight against Vitali Klitschko in California. (Doug Benc/Getty Images)
A former Olympic hurdler was shot during a robbery at her home in South Africa, while boxing champion Corrie Sanders was shot and killed during a robbery at a restaurant.
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Zimmerman trial judge refuses to step down

Judge Kenneth Lester called the motion asking him to step down "legally insufficient".

Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes in court

"In the end, after he has felt the full force of our justice system, what will be remembered are the good people who were impacted by this tragedy," President Barack Obama told Aurora last night.

Man files $20,000 insurance claim for dead cat that doesn't exist

Yevgeniy Samsonov said he loved the fictional feline "like a son."
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The cat that Yevgeniy Samsonov claimed had been "like a son" to him. It had not, because he found the picture on Wikipedia. (Wikimedia commons)
A man in Tacoma, Washington, has been charged with insurance fraud after attempting to claim $20,000 for the death of a cat that never existed.
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Anders Behring Breivik is 'insane,' should get treatment, say prosecutors

Prosecutor Svein Holden said that "it was worse to sentence a psychotic person to prison than to place a non-psychotic person in psychiatric care."

Desmonte Leonard, Auburn shooting suspect, turns himself in

"When the full story is told, it may sound different than the perception now," says the defense attorney who helped negotiate Leonard's surrender.

Is a crime wave sweeping Israel?

JERUSALEM — Late last month, on a Friday night, a young Tel Aviv couple walked through the barren but well-lit cement rectangle that is Rabin Square, adjacent to City Hall. Upon entering the garage, they were confronted by a slender young man wielding a knife. He drew them into the bathrooms and ordered them to have sex before raping the woman and stealing both their cell phones. Residents of Tel Aviv — and, in fact, citizens of Israel — were deeply shaken. Whereas international media covers Israel as a violent, conflictive place, daily life in Israel has long been placid and, sometimes, even village-like.

Luka Rocco Magnotta: LA police probe possible link to severed head, hands in Hollywood

"The body parts are the common denominator here," an LAPD spokesman says.
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