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Scandal-plagued Toronto mayor launches re-election bid

Toronto's scandal-plagued mayor Rob Ford, who has admitted to binge drinking and smoking crack, has launched his bid for re-election. Ford kicked off his campaign for the October 27 election telling supporters at a rally in Canada's largest city Thursday that he was grateful to those who have stuck by him. "I soldier on day in, day out because of you people," said Ford said, flanked by his family and volunteers waving "Ford for Mayor" signs, the Toronto Star reported.

Wife challenges no charges for Ghanaian's death during deportation

The Japanese wife of a Ghanaian who died after being overpowered by immigration officials during deportation filed a complaint Friday against prosecutors' decision not to indict the officials. Abubakar Awudu Suraj, 45, died after being restrained when put on a flight to Cairo at Narita airport near Tokyo in March 2010.

India's election commission lifts ban on top Modi aide

By Shyamantha Asokan NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's election commission has lifted a ban on a top aide of Hindu nationalist opposition leader Narendra Modi that had threatened to hobble his efforts to win votes in the country's most populous state. Amit Shah, Modi's campaign manager in the battleground state of Uttar Pradesh, was banned from election rallies and meetings this month after making speeches deemed to have stirred tensions with minority Muslims.

Tech workers seek to use Steve Jobs evidence in upcoming trial on no-hire accords

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Four large technology companies should not be allowed to limit evidence about Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs at an upcoming trial over no-hire agreements in Silicon Valley, according to a court document filed late on Thursday by employees suing the firms.

'Pit bull' Pistorius prosecutor shines in court

Through his fiery cross-examination of Oscar Pistorius and mauling of expert witnesses, state prosecutor Gerrie Nel has become a global cult hero and a rare poster boy for South Africa's beleaguered public sector. Forensic geologist Doctor Roger Dixon is a clever man, but when he slinked out of the witness box on Thursday after two days of withering cross-examination at the hands of South Africa's favourite "pit bull" prosecutor, he looked a little less smart. "I'm fine," he said. "Today was a breeze."

S. Korea's gold bourse suffers lackluster turnover

SEOUL, April 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's gold bourse, launched late last month in an ambitious move to bring the unregulated market into the open, is getting off to a slower start than expected with a turnover well below the anticipated level, data showed on Friday. The country's first gold bourse, operated by the Korea Exchange, opened on March 24 with much attention from investors. But since then, the daily turnover has averaged 3.845 kilograms per day, lower than the hoped-for amount of some 10 kg.

Witness says inflated expenses of ex-construction union boss were justified

MONTREAL - A former Quebec Federation of Labour vice-president says extravagant expense accounts filed by one of its construction-wing representatives were completely justified. Jocelyn Dupuis is on trial for fraud and forging documents and is accused of charging the labour organization for tens of thousands of dollars in expenses by using fake or inflated bills. Witness Renald Grondin defended Dupuis, saying the union knew of his practices and approved of them because he often paid other union expenses out of his own pocket.

4th US Navy official charged in San Diego in widening international bribery scheme

SAN DIEGO - A fourth member of the U.S. Navy has been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery in a multimillion-dollar scheme involving a Singapore-based defence contractor accused of providing cash, vacations, electronics and prostitutes in exchange for classified information. "The camera is awesome bro!" Japan-based Petty Officer Dan Layug wrote in an email to the vice-president of a military contractor that is included in a complaint unsealed Thursday. "Thanks a lot! Been a while since I had a new gadget!"

Apartheid-era abuse lawsuits against Ford, IBM move forward in federal court in New York

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A federal judge in New York has given new life to lawsuits that seek to hold IBM and Ford liable for apartheid abuses carried out by South Africa's government. Judge Shira Scheindlin (SHEER'-uh SHIND'-lin) in Manhattan declined to toss out three decade-old lawsuits brought against the IBM Corp. and the Ford Motor Co. that accuse them of supporting apartheid by letting their subsidiaries sell computers and cars to the South African government. The lawsuits seek to hold IBM and Ford responsible for race-based injustices including murder.

Union representing B.C.'s teachers announces the start of job action

VANCOUVER - Job action by British Columbia's 41,000 teachers will begin next Wednesday, but the union's president says schools will remain open. Jim Iker of the B.C. Teachers Federation said Thursday the first stage of job action means teachers won't attend meetings with management, other than health and safety talks, or supervise students outside regular class hours. He also said teachers won't provide or receive printed, written or electronic communications from administrators or be at work more than an hour before or after classes.
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