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White South African family seeks US asylum, claiming racial discrimination

An Afrikaner family has applied for asylum in the United States, claiming that as white South Africans they face racism back home.
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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)

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — A South African family is seeking asylum in the United States, claiming that as white Afrikaner farmers they face racial discrimination back home.

The family's lawyer has been contacting US academics to try and get scholarly opinions that would help with their case, South African daily the Times reported today. Lawyer Rehim Babaoglu said the family is too afraid to be identified.

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer robbed at machete-point in Nevis

A masked man with a machete broke into the home around 10 p.m., took $1,000 and left, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said, according to the Associated Press.

Hanjuan Jin, ex-Motorola engineer, found guilty of stealing trade secrets

US District Judge Ruben Castillo said that federal prosecutors convinced him that Jin had "criminally betrayed Motorola" but not that she was working on behalf of a foreign government or company, Reuters reported.

Over 500 deaths last year inside Venezuelan prisons

Prisoners in Venezuela often brandish heavier weapons than the guards that watch them.
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Relatives of inmates of El Rodeo I and II penitentiaries cry outside the prisons compounds in Guatire, outskirts of Caracas. (Leo Ramirez/AFP/Getty Images)
With inmates wielding machine guns, rifles and grenades and guards often unwilling to enter the overcrowded buildings for fear of their own death, jails in Venezuela have become a lawless territory that magnify the violence outside their walls.
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Supreme Court: Cory Maples can appeal death sentence after lawyers missed deadline

"What happened to Maples would never happen to a paying client," Stephen Gillers, a legal ethics professor at New York University, told the Wall Street Journal. “Law firms … need to have strict rules for preventing gaps in representation."

Pinkberry co-founder Young Lee arrested for beating homeless man

"This case is emblematic of how the homeless are among the most vulnerable in our society," LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon said in a statement.

Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco sheriff, charged with domestic battery

"No one is above the law," District Attorney George Gascon told reporters today, according to the AP. "Whether this was the elected sheriff or any other San Francisco resident, this type of behavior is inexcusable, criminal and will be prosecuted."

IRS amnesty for offshore tax evaders is back

"We have billions of dollars in hand from our previous efforts, and we have more people wanting to come in and get right with the government,” IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman said, according to CNN.

Harry Burkhart, LA arson suspect, motivated by 'anti-American rage'

According to court documents, authorities believe Burkhart would pose a continued threat to the public if released on bail because of his hatred of Americans and the US government.

UK: Royal murder mystery after body found on Queen's private Sandringham estate

Officers said they were examining cold cases from across the UK, indicating that the victim may have been killed elsewhere and some time ago.
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