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Justin Bieber's Miami trial has been delayed. The singer was due to face charges on May 07 for allegedly drag racing in Miami Beach earlier this year, but a judge has postponed the trial until July 07. Lawyers for Bieber argued that more time was needed to hear potential pre-trial motions. Bieber is charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and using an expired license. A similar story to tell for Chris Brown. His trial in Washington, D.C. was supposed to commence on Wednesday (April 23), but it too has been postponed. Brown is accused of punching a fan who was trying to take his photo last October. Brown's attorneys want more time to try to get his bodyguard, who was found guilty in the same fight, to testify on Brown's behalf. The case has been rescheduled for June 25. Jodie Foster has gotten married. The Oscar-winning actress wed photographer Alexandra Hedison after having dated for almost a year. This is the first marriage for Foster, although s
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A show of reconciliation in Gaza between rival Palestinian groups. An accord was announced on Wednesday between the Palestinian Liberation Organization, or PLO, led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and the Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas. After bickering for years, they're looking for the benefits of unity. They pledged to form a unity government within five weeks and eventually hold national elections. Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HAMAS PRIME MINISTER ISMAIL HANIYEH SAYING: "This is good news to tell our Palestinian nation in the country and in the diaspora about the end of the era of division." Their political rift has been a long one. Militant Hamas seized control of the Gaza strip in 2007 after winning an election the year before. President Abbas's Western-backed government remains in control of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank. His Fatah party has pursued peace talks
The buzz surrounding this Washington, D.C. court has died down for now. Singer Chris Brown appeared here Wednesday - where a judge postponed his assault trial. Possibly for months. This comes just two days after his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, was convicted of assault in a separate trial. Both Brown and Hollosy were arrested last fall, accused of punching a 20-year-old outside a hotel near the White House. But Hollosy, who was Brown's chief witness, would not testify unless granted immunity... Something the judge wouldn't let happen. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARK GERAGOS, THE CHIEF DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR CHRIS BROWN, SAYING: "Based on that, we asked and the judge agreed to sign an order returning Chris to Los Angeles. We expect to be back there next week." That's Brown's attorney, who maintains his innocence: (SOUNDBITE) (English) MARK GERAGOS, THE CHIEF DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR CHRIS BROWN, SAYING: "There's no reason to take a plea. I m
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) NASA satellite images show a huge iceberg separating from the front of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier. According to NASA, the iceberg is 21 miles (33 km) by 12 miles (19 km) -- eight times the size of Manhattan. Scientists have been studying Pine Island Glacier over the past two decades because it has been thinning quickly and may be one of the biggest reasons for sea level rise. The significance of this iceberg event is still to be determined, but icebergs are tracked for both scientific purposes and the danger they can pose to ships. The crack in the ice shelf was discovered by scientists in October 2011, and over the next two years the crack widened as the 200 feet (61 m) thick glacier traveled faster than two miles (3.2 km) per year. NASA imagery shows the iceberg breaking away from the Glacier and traveling into a basin of the Amundsen Sea in western Antarctica. The sea is mostly ice-covered, and according to NASA, the i
April 27th 1994. A momentous day. The end of apartheid as millions of black South Africans, including Nelson Mandela, vote in its first multiracial elections. Mandela went on to become the its first black president amid a new optimism. Twenty years on and Sabelo Fumba is one of the so-called 'born-free' generation. He's campaigning in Soweto for the Economic Freedom Fighters, a radical leftist party which currently holds 4 percent of the vote. (SOUNDBITE) (Zulu) BORN FREE/STUDENT, SABELO FUMBA, SAYING: "I can study where I want to study, I can wear what I want to wear, I can go where I want to go. I'm able to go out partying with white kids, which could never be done before, I can say I'm politically free. But economically I'm not free." Sabelo is studying for a degree in political science. That doesn't guarantee him a job after he graduates. Forty percent of the country's youth are unemployed and many have little confidence f
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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) About 150 U.S paratroopers arrived at a base in Swidwin, Poland to participate in training exercises with the Polish army on Wednesday (April 23) amid growing tension in Ukraine. The United States and NATO have made clear they will not intervene militarily in Ukraine. But the Pentagon said it sent about 600 soldiers to Poland and the three Baltic states for infantry exercises, to reassure NATO allies after Russia's seizure of Crimea. The troops will be sent to Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia in rounds of month-long exercises in each country in what the Pentagon calls a "persistent rotational presence" that stops short of permanently basing troops. Beyond the troop deployments, the Pentagon also announced the return of the frigate USS Taylor to the Black Sea, just as the guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook prepares to depart. The troops will be sent to Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia in rounds of month-long
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The chances of an asteroid hitting earth and destroying a major city --- higher then you might think. SOUNDBITE: ASTRONAUT TOM JONES, PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF SPACE EXPLORERS (ASE), SAYING: "We asked the UN to consider five new measures to protect earth from asteroid strikes." Scientists who monitors nuclear weapons detonations, says they've detected 26 asteroids between 2000 and 2013. One explosion over Russia last year left more than 1,000 people injured by flying glass and debris. Steps can be taken to prevent even more serious injuries say scientists. Number one --- using a $250 million dollar infrared space telescope to detect them. SOUNDBITE: ASTRONAUT TOM JONES, PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION OF SPACE EXPLORERS (ASE), SAYING: "To put this telescope in space and find the one million dangerous asteroids out there that are big enough to wipe out a city on our planet. That telescope is an essential part of this current warning that we need to ex
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This is video from a Ukrainian online news site. It shows the town counselor in the eastern city of Horlivka last week. The website says he tried to remove the flag of pro-Russian separatists from town hall. 'Over my dead body', one of the men yells at him in the video. 'Kill this so-and-so' someone says. He seems to walk away but within hours, he would be dead. Police say his tortured body was discovered in a river. They think he was dumped alive and left to drown. In nearby Slaviansk, the latest flashpoint for separatists, a representative for the armed group says his men weren't responsible for what happened to the counselor. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SLAVIANSK SEPARATIST REPRESENTATIVE, YEVGENY GORBIK, SAYING, (REGARDING MISSING HORLIVKA CITY DEPUTY VOLODYMYR RYBAK): "Maybe it's a criminal argument or maybe it's political, most likely it's revenge. Maybe he started to cooperate, who knows?" The city councilor's apparent
STORY: NASA Astronauts Steve Swanson and Rick Mastracchio ventured outside for a spacewalk on Wednesday (April 23). The International Space Station (ISS) spacewalk is a planned mission to install a spare backup computer that failed April 11. This is Swanson's 5th spacewalk and Mastracchio's 9th. The backup computer is known as a Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM) and it is one of two MDMs that help control important functions on the ISS like the external cooling system and mobile transporter rail car, which is part of the docking procedure that attaches spacecraft to the space station. Both MDMs have been at the International Space Station for over 10 years.
According to Billboard sources, Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z are embarking on a stadium tour together although there is no further information as yet. They are just one of many big star tours happening this summer. British boyband One Direction will test their popularity with nearly a dozen North American arena dates. Eminem is touring with Rihanna in the US in what is being called 'The Monster Tour', and Billy Joel will also be touring the states from May through to December. Katy Perry will be touring in the UK and Ireland from May before hitting North America in late June with her 'Prismatic World Tour', while Bruno Mars will start his 'Moonshine Jungle Tour' in the US before heading across the Atlantic for two dates at the Wireless festival. Not to be outdone, touring veterans The Rolling Stones will also be hitting the road again - going from Oslo in Norway to the Roskilde Festival in Denmark between May and July.
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dined together in Tokyo on Wednesday (April 23), bumping elbows at the counter of a tiny basement sushi restaurant run by an octogenarian chef. Sources close to Abe told Japanese media the prime minister thought a meal at "Sukiyabashi Jiro," a venerable establishment in Tokyo's bustling Ginza shopping district, would be a good way to build trust. The venue, with just 10 seats but three Michelin stars, is considered one of the world's best sushi restaurants. Obama took a stool at the narrow wooden counter with Abe shortly after arriving in Japan on a state visit. The restaurant had its name burnished in a 2011 documentary, "Jiro Dreams of Sushi", which featured owner Jiro Ono, who still presses the sushi despite turning 86 on his last birthday. The restaurant is usually booked up months in advance. It features a set menu of 20 pieces of gem-like sushi
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARATION) U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday (April 23) at the start of a four-nation trip that comes at a time of rising tension in the region, and as the United States urges Japan's unpredictable neighbour North Korea not to conduct another nuclear test. Obama, who is making the first full state visit to Japan by a U.S. President since 1996, is expected to assuage worries by Tokyo and other allies that his commitment to their defense in the face of an increasingly assertive China is weak, without hurting vital U.S. ties with Asia's biggest economy. Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are also keen to show progress on a two-way trade pact seen as critical to a broader regional deal that would be one of the world's biggest trade agreements and is central to Obama's "pivot" of military, diplomatic and trade resources towards Asia. Japan, whose relations with rival China have chilled over the past two years, h
Video released by South Korea's navy shows divers trying to smash a window to get inside the wreck of the ferry that sank last week. The divers can see just a few centimetres ahead. If they use the oxygen lines like those seen in the video they can work for up to an hour at a time. When they use the more back-mounted oxygen tanks they only have about 20 minutes before the alarm to resurface goes off. The footage, shot on April 21, five days after the disaster, also shows the night search operation. The ferry capsized and later sank on a routine trip from the port of Incheon near Seoul to the island of Jeju. Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were pupils and teachers from Danwon High School in Ansan. Only 174 people were rescued. By late on Wednesday the number of confirmed dead stood at 150. All those still missing are presumed dead. The captain and two crew members have been arrested on charges of negligence.
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Stephen Colbert dropped in on David Letterman's late night CBS talk show, the "Late Show" on Tuesday (April 22), to get a glimpse of the rigors of the high-profile job he will take over in 2015. Colbert, 49, who made his mark satirizing political conservatives on his Comedy Central weeknight cable show "The Colbert Report," said on April 10 he would drop his known persona of a dim-witted, big-egoed conservative pundit. There is a measure of risk in abandoning a groundbreaking formula for the comedian whose Emmy-winning show has attracted a strong audience among young viewers, a coveted group that CBS is surely eyeing with its choice of Colbert. But for the comedian who plays the court jester to U.S. politics and is known for inventing zeitgeist catch phrases like "truthiness," he has a chance to distinguish himself against rivals as an expert interviewer, as he has often done on "The Colbert Report", and first as a member of the cast of
U.S. President Barack Obama jets off to Asia with a cheery wave as he boards Air Force One. His presence isn't as welcome in some of the nations he plans to visit as he might have hoped. Obama's first port of call is Tokyo. Trade talks are top of the agenda. But his impending arrival has triggered protests by some who object to plans for a multilateral Pacific trade pact and others who simply feel the etiquette's not right. The protesters in Manila are unhappy about an imminent military agreement that will boost the presence of U.S. troops in the Philippines. Scuffles broke out as riot police stopped them approaching the U.S. embassy compound. (SOUNDBITE)(English) RENATO REYES, SPOKESPERSON FOR BAGONG ALYANSANG MAKABAYAN (NEW PATRIOTIC ALLIANCE), SAYING: "It's an affront to our sovereignty. It brings back foreign bases, it reinforces, increases, foreign troops. It's like a second military, second U.S. military occupation or a second col
These are the scenes in the Copacabana neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro just 50 days before Brazil hosts the World Cup. Rubbish burns in the streets of a slum district in the tourist hotspot. There are reports of widespread vandalism. The sound of gunfire echoes in the night air. The unrest has been sparked by the death of a 26-year-old man residents blame on police. Witnesses say he looked as though he'd been beaten to death. Copacabana and nearby Ipanema are both expecting tens of thousands of visitors when the World Cup kicks off in June.
By Wednesday the number of people confirmed dead in the South Korean ferry disaster had risen to at least 146. Divers working in darkness inside the hull of the sunken vessel are searching for bodies by feel. Of the 476 passengers and crew on board, 339 were pupils and teachers from Danwon High School in Ansan. In the city's Olympic Memorial Hall an altar's been set up for mourners to pay their respects. (SOUNDBITE)(Korean) DANWON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT LEE SEUNG-MIN SAYING: "Students keep crying as they watch the news reports. They've been offering chrysanthemum flowers but they can't do anything." As relatives of those still missing wait for the recovery of their bodies tonnes of donated good have been sent to keep them going. The goods have been given by well-wishers across the country. Others have put messages of hope for the safe return of those still unaccounted for on a wall at the shelter where the relatives are staying. The c
PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Gaurav Sharma's taking his parliamentary election campaign to new heights. The man known as India's Spiderman is standing as an independent candidate in the polls. This is his way of taking his political ambitions to a new level. (SOUNDBITE)(English) INDEPENDENT ELECTION CANDIDATE GAURAV SHARMA SAYING: "When I climb buildings it is more of me climbing (the) building and motivating the youth, motivating the people that you can overcome your barriers, problems and issues of your life." When he's not dangling from high-level balconies Sharma is a martial arts trainer and fitness consultant. He'll find out if his antics pay off on Tuesday when voters in Mumbai head to the polls.