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Monday, February 9, 2015

Sam Smith Dominates the Grammys

Sam Smith Dominates the Grammys
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Sam Smith Dominates the Grammys
Sam Smith took Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal, and Song and Record of the Year (for "Stay With Me") at the 57th Grammy Awards on Sunday night, while a shorts suit-wearing Pharrell Williams won Best Pop Solo Performance for his hit "Happy." Best Rock Album and Album of the Year went to Beck, and Best R&B Performance and R&B Song went to Beyoncé for "Drunk in Love." Pre-show winners included Weird Al Yankovic, Joan Rivers, and Kendrick Lamar. Of course, what would any music award show be without Kanye West interrupting a speech. The "Yeezus" rapper walked on stage during Beck's acceptance for Album of the Year, but then left, leaving the audience to think he was making a joke a bout his interruption of Taylor Swift at the 2009 Video Music Awards. However, West clarified after the show that he certainly wasn't. "I don't even know what [Beck] said. I just know that, the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us," he said. "We aren't going to play with them no more."
READ IT AT The New York Times    
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Justice Halts Alabama Gay Marriages
Just hours before same-sex weddings were set to begin in the heart of Dixie, controversial Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore ordered the state's judges not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. In the order, Moore instructed officials not to "issue or recognize a marriage license that is inconsistent" with the state constitution or state law. Moore made headlines in the early 2000s with his refusal to remove a Ten Commandments monument from in front of a judicial building, a fight that he eventually lost. 
READ IT AT The New York Times    
At Least 40 Dead in Cairo Football Riot
At least 40 people were killed Sunday night when supporters of a local football team clashed with Cairo police before a Premier League match. In response to the attack, the government suspended the Egyptian Premier League indefinitely, and the country's public prosecutor ordered an investigation. According to the Egyptian interior ministry, the clashes occurred when Ultra White Knights boosters attempted to enter the army-owned stadium without buying tickets. Witnesses said police tried to set up barricades and fired tear gas on the throngs of supporters. "The police were in front and behind the gate. They fired tear gas," said one witness. "This caused panic and people fell on top of each other. We started to leave quickly. There were old people in the crowd and they were crushed by other fans." It was the deadliest incident of sports stadium violence since riots in Port Said in 2012 killed more than 70 people and injured hundreds more.
READ IT AT Al Jazeera    
China Executes Tycoon for Murder, Graft
China has executed a former mining tycoon who was once ranked the 230th richest person in the country. Following last year's high-profile trial accusing him of murder and running a "mafia-style" gang, Liu Han was executed, according to state media. Four others, including Liu's brother, were executed along with him. Liu had ties to former domestic security chief and senior leader of the Communist Party of China Zhou Yongkang, who is also the focus of a major corruption probe. Liu's death sentence is one example of President Xi Jinping's severe crackdown against party corruption, which has created a power struggle.
READ IT AT Reuters    
The End of Bo     
BY Wenguang Huang and Pin Ho
Miss Universe Asked to FARC Peace Talks
The Colombian rebel group FARC has asked the country's newly crowned Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, to take part in two-year-old peace talks between the guerrilla group and the government, the BBC reported Sunday. In a statement on its website, the group said it was taking Vega up on her offer she made while competing for the crown to help in the peace talks. Vega has so far not responded to the request. The talks are deadlocked in Havana, with the Colombian government and the Marxist FARC unable to reach full agreement on a final peace deal. Should such a deal be reached, it would end the longest and deadliest insurgency in the Western Hemisphere, which has killed about 220,000 people since its beginning in 1964.
Abandoned Baby Saved by Homeless Man
An hours-old baby girl was found early Sunday in Lakewood, California, after a homeless man on a bike heard her cries. The man brought the baby to a fire station, where she was found to be in healthy condition. Police say a woman claiming to have witnessed the birth and to have helped the mother is, in fact, herself the mother. The 35-year-old woman approached investigators and said she helped cut the umbilical cord during the delivery. "When she stood up from her seat there was blood on her chair," said Deputy Mike Barraza of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Information Bureau. "At the hospital, the examining physician concluded she recently gave birth because the placenta and partial umbilical cord were still inside of her."
Tourist: Indian Tour Guide Raped Me
A Japanese woman touring India has come forward as the latest alleged victim of rape in India, a country where sexual assault has become a major problem. A 20-year-old Japanese tourist said her guide in India's historic city of Jaipur attacked her on Sunday. "The accused offered to drop her at the hotel in the evening but took her to a desolate area... and allegedly raped her," said police chief Dharam Chand Jain on Monday. "The tourist alleged that she was offered some food, which might have been laced with drugs." In another part of the country, Haryana, police announced eight men had been arrested for raping and murdering a Nepalese woman who had gone missing Feb. 1. Just last month, six men from the Indian city of Kolkata were charged with kidnapping and gang-raping a 22-year-old Japanese woman.
READ IT AT The Japan Times    
How India's Elites Encourage Rape     
BY Neha Sharma
Why India Gets Rape So Wrong     
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Egypt to Retry Al Jazeera Journalists
Although Australian Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was freed last week, Egypt announced that it will begin retrying his two colleagues on Feb. 12. Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed were sentenced to seven and 10 years in prison, respectively. However, there were hopes that Fahmy, who holds Canadian citizenship, would avoid a retrial. Canadian junior foreign minister Lynne Yelich said the country is deeply concerned by the announcement of a retrial date, even though authorities have received assurance that Fahmy would be released with Greste. "We remain hopeful that Mr. Fahmy's case will be resolved in a timely manner," she said in a statement calling for his immediate release.
READ IT AT Reuters    
Lawsuit: Ferguson Runs a Debtors' Prison
In addition to witnessing one of the most infamous recent outbreaks of racial disharmony, Ferguson, Missouri, is being sued for operating a "modern debtors' prison." On Sunday, a group of 15 individuals, referred to as "impoverished people," filed federal class-action lawsuits against Ferguson and Jennings, another Missouri city. The suits charge Ferguson with creating a cycle of prison for poor residents who could not afford to pay fines for traffic violations and other minor offenses. "They were threatened, abused, and left to languish in confinement at the mercy of local officials until their frightened family members could produce enough cash to buy their freedom or until city jail officials decided, days or weeks later, to let them out for free," according to the complaint.
READ IT AT St. Louis Today    
Man Dies After Shark Bites Off Legs
A surfer in Australia was killed after a shark bit off both of his legs. The attack occurred at Shelly Beach, near Ballina, in the province of New South Wales. The man, a 41-year-old Japanese national who had been living in Australia for the past year, was pulled from the beach and given first aid, but did not survive. It marked the third shark attack-related death in New South Wales in 10 months. Just a day prior, another surfer was injured by a shark after an attack around 15 miles north of Ballina. In total, four people have died as a result of shark attacks in Australia in the past year, far exceeding the average fatality rate of one per year.
READ IT AT The New York Times    
Inside the City Preparing to Fight Putin
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Kanye West Blasts Beck's Grammys Win
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Can Miss Universe Deliver World Peace?
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