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Oscar Pistorius headed to trial

South Africa

Oscar Pistorius headed to trial

A cable TV channel devoted to the Oscar Pistorius murder trial went on the air in South Africa on Sunday night, showing footage of the blond model the world-famous athlete shot dead at his home a year ago. Pistorius is expected in court for the start of his trial today. Dedicated completely to the trial, some of the channel's early programming focused on the life of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the model and reality TV star Pistorius killed on Valentine's Day last year when he fired shots through a toilet door at his house. Live television pictures and a live audio feed will be broadcast from the courtroom at North Gauteng High Court in the South African capital, Pretoria, after permission was granted by a judge. Pistorius denies he murdered Steenkamp and says he shot her after mistaking her for a dangerous intruder inside a toilet cubicle in his bathroom.

New York

Jury selection set for bin Laden son-in-law

Jury selection is scheduled to start today for the New York trial of Osama bin Laden's son-in-law on charges he conspired to kill Americans as al-Qaida's spokesman after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Sulaiman Abu Ghaith will be tried in a courthouse just blocks from where the attacks downed the World Trade Center in 2001.

Judge Lewis Kaplan refused on Friday to delay the trial amid claims by defense lawyers that their client has been mistaken for a Guantanamo Bay detainee in regards to some evidence.

Los Angeles

Evacuation orders lifted after storm

Residents in three California foothill communities headed home Sunday after a powerful storm that threatened to unleash mud on neighborhoods beneath unstable hills scarred by recent wildfires.

With the storm reduced to sprinkles, residents in the Los Angeles County cities of Glendora and Azusa were allowed back into their homes. Monrovia residents were allowed back late Saturday, officials said.

Israel

Netanyahu vows tough line in U.S.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu headed to Washington on Sunday for a meeting with President Barack Obama about U.S.-led Mideast peace efforts, vowing to maintain a tough line in the face of heavy international pressure to begin making concessions to the Palestinians.

Netanyahu's defiant tone set the stage for what could be a difficult meeting today with Obama. But with the clock ticking toward an April target date for a preliminary agreement, the Israeli leader could soon be forced to begin laying out a clearer vision for a future peace deal with the Palestinians. Shortly before takeoff, Netanyahu vowed to "stand steadfast" on Israeli interests.

Elsewhere

Washington: Police arrested 373 people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. The protesters were mostly college students.

Pakistan: The government on Sunday suspended airstrikes against militants in response to a Pakistani Taliban cease-fire

Times wires

Oscar Pistorius headed to trial 03/02/14 [Last modified: Sunday, March 2, 2014 9:52pm]

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