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Case of Mountie charged with perjury and obstruction of justice put over to June

HARBOUR GRACE, N.L. - The case of an RCMP officer charged with perjury and obstruction of justice has been put over to June 4 in Harbour Grace, N.L. Const. Shawn Greene was charged Feb. 10 after Halifax police conducted an independent investigation into a complaint made last May. The RCMP have said the investigation focused on Greene's work while he was stationed in Harbour Grace, but have not disclosed details of the alleged offences. Greene, 34, did not appear in court Wednesday.

France 'joins Rwandan people' in honouring genocide victims

France said Monday it joined with the Rwandan people in honouring the victims of the 1994 genocide, despite a diplomatic row with Kigali. "France joins with the Rwandan people to honour the memories of all victims of the genocide," the French presidency said in a statement. "The Rwandan genocide was one of the worst atrocities of our time. It was committed while the world watched and was unable to prevent it," the statement said.

UN chief urges C.Africa to prevent new African genocide

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged the leaders of the strife-torn Central African Republic to prevent a new genocide on the continent, 20 years after Rwanda. "It is your responsibility as leaders to ensure that there are no such anniversaries in this country," said Ban, in Bangui for a brief visit en route to Rwanda to commemorate the anniversary of that country's genocide. jpc-mc/gd/boc

Children born of rape: forgotten victims of Rwanda's genocide

When David, a 19-year-old Rwandan, is asked about his parents, he prefers to conceal being one of thousands of children born from a rape during the 1994 genocide. "I say I don't have a father," he explained. It is impossible to say exactly how many women were raped during the genocide -- the majority of them were subsequently killed and many survivors prefer not to talk about it.

Italy to overhaul illegal immigration laws as 730 rescued by navy

Italy's lower house gave the green light to a draft bill that would decriminalise illegal immigration Wednesday, hours after the navy rescued 730 migrants adrift off its southern coast. The immigrants, including 124 women and 29 minors, were picked up from two boats attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean from north Africa after being spotted by patrol helicopters. The draft law passed by Italy's lower parliament decriminalises undocumented immigration, except in cases where a person expelled by the government returns illegally to the country.

Two U.S. hackers admit to international cyber crime in New Jersey court

By David Jones NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - Two American men said to belong to an international cyber crime ring admitted hacking into accounts at banks, brokerage firms and government agencies in an attempt to steal some $15 million, New Jersey authorities said on Tuesday. The two were part of a scheme to "cash out" bank accounts and pre-paid debit cards opened in the names of others, said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman in a statement.

Man accused in SXSW festival killings faces additional assault charges

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A man facing capital murder charges for plowing his car into a crowd at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin last month, killing four and injuring nearly two dozen others, has been charged with an additional 20 counts of aggravated assault. Prison records posted on Tuesday show Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, from Killeen, Texas, has had the charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon added to his detention booking.

U.S. Supreme Court could limit bank fraud law

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared poised to limit the scope of a federal criminal law that targets people who defraud banks. A ruling along those lines could prevent federal prosecutors from using the law to crack down on routine fraud, such as the use of altered checks to purchase merchandise.

Supreme Court conundrum: Do you have to intend to defraud bank to be guilty of bank fraud?

WASHINGTON - The question at the Supreme Court on Tuesday was whether you have to intend to defraud a bank to be guilty of bank fraud under federal law. That question, perhaps surprisingly, has produced different answers in federal appeals courts around the country. The justices wrestled with how to arrive at a decision that would apply nationwide, amid concerns that a broad application of the federal law would sweep under it many crimes that are usually prosecuted by state authorities.

Hundreds of children abandoned en route to US

Authorities in Mexico said Saturday they found more than 370 children dumped by people smugglers while trying to make their way into the United States. The National Institute of Migration (INM) said the huge number of children, from different nations in Central America, were discovered in just a single one-week period in March. The figure included some 163 children who were abandoned because they were not traveling with an adult family member or an acquaintance, the INM said in a statement.
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