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Obama: religious violence has no place in US

President Barack Obama warned Monday that religious violence had no place in US society after a gunman with alleged anti-Semitic ties killed three people at a Jewish center and retirement home. "Nobody should have to worry about their security when gathering with their fellow believers. No one should have to fear for their safety when they go to prayer," Obama said at the White House, a day after the shooting in Kansas.

Police in US classify Jewish shooting as hate crime

An alleged anti-Semite who fatally shot three people at a Jewish center and retirement home in Kansas will be prosecuted for hate crimes, police said Monday. Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, now in custody, is a former Ku Klux Klan leader with a history of anti-Semitism, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in the United States. He reportedly yelled "Heil Hitler" as police escorted him away Sunday after the shooting in Overland Park, outside Kansas City.

Torture 'routinely' used in Syria: UN rights chief

The UN's human rights chief on Monday condemned the "routine" use of torture in Syrian detention facilities, as a new report said victims were raped, beaten and had their teeth and toenails pulled out. "Our findings confirm that torture is being routinely used in government detention facilities in Syria, and that torture is also used by some armed groups," UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay said.

Torture 'routinely' used in Syria: UN rights chief

The UN's human rights chief on Monday condemned the "routine" use of torture in Syrian detention facilities, as a new report said victims were raped, beaten and had their teeth and toenails pulled out. Navi Pillay said torture was routinely used in government detention facilities as well as by some armed groups in Syria, where more than 150,000 people have been killed in a bloody civil war. "In armed conflict, torture constitutes a war crime," said the UN rights commissioner.

S. Korea state insurer sues three tobacco makers

South Korea's state health insurer said Monday it had filed a lawsuit against three domestic and foreign tobacco makers, seeking damages of 53.7 billion won ($51.6 million) for payouts over smoking-related illnesses. The National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) said the suit, filed in Seoul's district court, named Philip Morris, British American Tobacco (BAT) and South Korea's largest tobacco firm KT&G. "Smoking is a serious issue affecting people, particularly the youth and women," the agency said in a statement.

GSK faces criminal bribery investigation in Poland

By Ben Hirschler and Adrian Krajewski LONDON/WARSAW (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline <GSK.L> is facing a criminal investigation in Poland for allegedly bribing doctors to promote its lung drug Seretide, adding to problems for a company already accused of corruption in China and Iraq. Poland's Central Anti-Corruption Bureau, or CBA, said on Monday that 13 people had been charged in connection with the investigation launched by Polish prosecutors.

National insurer files damage suit against cigarette firms

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's state-run health insurer Monday filed a 54 billion won (US$52 million) lawsuit against three tobacco companies to seek compensation for healthcare costs for diseases related to smoking. The National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) said it is suing the local units of Philip Morris International Inc. and British American Tobacco Plc., and KT

S. Korea state insurer sues three tobacco makers

South Korea's state health insurer said Monday it had filed a lawsuit against three domestic and foreign tobacco makers, seeking damages of 53.7 billion won ($51.6 million) for payouts over smoking-related illnesses. The National Health Insurance Service said the suit, filed in Seoul's district court, named Phillip Morris, British American Tobacco (BAT) and South Korea's largest tobacco firm KT&G. "Smoking is a serious issue affecting people, particularly the youth and women," the agency said in a statement.

South Korea's state health insurer sues Philip Morris, BAT for smoking damages

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's state health insurer said on Monday it was seeking an initial 53.7 billion won ($51.9 million) from three tobacco companies, including the local units of Philip Morris and British American Tobacco, to offset treatment costs for diseases linked to smoking. The National Health Insurance Service (NHIS) said it was suing the two global cigarette makers, as well as local market leader KT&G Corp, in a South Korean court.

Venezuela probes 97 security troops for torture

Venezuela is investigating nearly 100 armed forces and police staff for alleged torture during more than two months of ongoing deadly anti-government protests, authorities said Sunday. The military's strategic command chief Vladimir Padrino admitted that security forces had committed "excesses" in recent days. "We are able to say that 97 are being investigated by prosecutors for cruelty, for torture," he told Venevision television.
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