Connect to share and comment

A Minute With: Football's Arian Foster on acting and NFL draft

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Houston Texans running back Arian Foster tests his Hollywood acting skills on the big screen as a college football player waiting for his name to be called at the annual NFL draft in the film "Draft Day," which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday. Foster, 27, a three-time Pro Bowl selection in his five-year pro career, is one of the sport's noted underdog success stories, having been passed over in the 2009 draft after playing at the University of Tennessee.

Pakistan government faces fight over tough anti-terror law

The Pakistani government is facing a battle to enact a tough anti-terror law that rights activists and opposition parties have attacked as repressive. The Protection of Pakistan Ordinance allows security forces to detain suspects for up to 90 days without disclosing their whereabouts or the allegations against them. Anyone arrested under the new law must prove their innocence -- reversing the usual legal burden of proof -- and satisfy courts they are not engaged in terror activities.

Nepal government urged to change amnesty plan

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's government faced calls on Friday from human rights and victims' groups not to grant amnesties over atrocities committed during the country's civil war for which nobody has been brought to justice. Wedged between China and India, the nascent republic suffered a decade-long insurgency that pitted Maoist guerrillas against the army. More than 16,000 people died, hundreds disappeared and thousands were forced out of their homes.

Today on the Hill: Ottawa mourns following sudden death of Jim Flaherty

OTTAWA - The flag is flying at half mast over Parliament Hill today in honour of former Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty. His sudden death Thursday at age 64 came as a shock in the nation's capital, where parliamentary business was abruptly put on hold. Flaherty had resigned from the finance portfolio less than a month ago, saying his family had urged him to step down. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has suggested that a more formal memorial for Flaherty is in the works, although no details are yet available.

Today in Korean history

April 12 1990 -- President Roh Tae-woo gives amnesty to Kim Hyun-hui, one of the North Korean agents responsible for the in-flight bombing of a South Korean passenger airplane in late 1987. 2003 -- South Korea's lottery gives out a 47 billion won prize, the country's biggest ever. 2004 -- Chung Dong-young quits as chairman of the ruling Uri Party. 2007 -- The Supreme Court sentences Jeong Nam-guy to death for murdering 13 people and injuring seven others from January 2004 to April 2006.

Judge orders Indiana to recognize ailing gay woman's marriage

(Reuters) - Indiana must recognize immediately a terminally ill gay woman's marriage to her partner in Massachusetts, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Richard Young entered a temporary restraining order that requires the state to recognize the August 2013 marriage of Amy Sandler and her ailing spouse, Nikole Quasney, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2009.

Big credit card issuers defeat collusion lawsuit

By Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Consumers suffered a setback on Thursday as three big credit card issuers won the dismissal of U.S. lawsuits accusing them of colluding to require that disputes be settled in arbitration rather than class action lawsuits. U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan said cardholders failed to show that American Express Co, Citigroup Inc and Discover Financial Services violated the Sherman antitrust law in adopting mandatory arbitration clauses in their cardholder agreements.

'Evil' B.C. man serving time for sex assaults also sentenced for hitting stepson

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - A British Columbia man who was once described by a judge as "evil incarnate" and is already serving a lengthy prison term for sexually assaulting his stepdaughters has been sentenced for strapping his stepson nearly every day for six years. The man, whose name cannot be published, pleaded guilty to assault with a weapon for hitting his stepson with a ruler and a wooden spoon starting when he was seven and lasting until he was 13. WARNING: CONTENTS MAY DISTURB SOME READERS.

Police statement focus of lawsuit filed by wrongfully convicted Nova Scotia man

HALIFAX - A sexually explicit document from 1969 became the focus of a lawsuit Thursday launched by a Nova Scotia man wrongfully convicted of statutory rape. The RCMP say the document is based on a statement Gerald Barton gave to a senior Mountie investigating an alleged case of rape in Jordantown, N.S. In the statement, Barton is quoted as saying he had consensual sex with a 14-year-old girl, who later gave birth to a boy. It was used to convict Barton, then 19, of having sex with a female between the ages of 14 and 16. He was sentenced to a year of probation.

Black not a danger to markets, lawyer says in bid to dismiss OSC proceedings

TORONTO - Conrad Black isn't a danger to Canadian investors and proceedings to keep him from Ontario capital markets aren't necessary, his lawyer said Thursday. Lawyer Peter Howard is asking that a proceeding against Black by the Ontario Securities Commission be dismissed, because he says any fallout from his alleged involvement in a complicated system of non-compete payments involving Hollinger Inc. and Hollinger has already been dealt with in civil and criminal matters in the United States.
Syndicate content