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Tennessee swinger’s club next to Christian school could open as a church under loophole

MADISON, Tenn. — A group of Tennessee developers blocked from building a sex club next door to a Christian school has found a loophole allowing them to re-label the club as a church.

WSMV-TV reports developers fought for months to open a swinger’s club in a vacant building next to Goodpasture Christian School in Madison, about 8 miles north of downtown Nashville. The city council quickly passed a zoning amendment blocking the plans. But developers filed a new set of plans asking permission to renovate the building as a church. The plans were approved. READ

Iraqi officials say they believe Saddam’s top deputy has been killed after years on the run

He was the last member of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle still on the run, depicted with his distinctive red moustache as the “king of clubs” on the U.S. military’s deck of cards of most-wanted Iraqi regime fugitives. READ

Canadian government working on a matchmaking site for foreign aid

The Canadian government is working on a project that it hopes will revolutionize international development the way matchmaking websites revolutionized dating. READ

UNICEF: 800,000 children forced from homes by Boko Haram suffer abuse and emotional distress

The children’s drawings show men with guns, a coffin, a car exploding. One picture has stick-like figures of eight siblings missed by their teenage sister. READ

Official says major Taliban attack in northeast Afghanistan kills 18 soldiers; some beheaded

Taliban fighters swarmed over Afghan army posts in the country’s northeast, killing at least 18 soldiers and beheading some in a major attack to mark the start of the country’s summer fighting season, authorities said Monday. READ

Clinton’s second act: The long, deliberate process that led her to run for president again

Hillary Rodham Clinton spent nearly two years tiptoeing around a decision to run for U.S. president that much of the political world assumed was a done deal. READ

Suicide bomber targets US troops in Afghanistan, killing 3 civilians, roadside bomb kills 10

A suicide car bomber targeting a convoy of U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan killed three Afghan civilians and wounded four on Friday, while in another eastern province, 10 people were killed when their minivan hit a roadside bomb, officials said. READ

Head-on collision between bus full of young athletes and truck kills 33 in southern Morocco

A fiery head-on collision between a semi-trailer truck and a bus carrying a delegation of young athletes in southern Morocco on Friday killed 33 people and injured seven, according to the state news agency and local media reports. READ

Pakistan lawmakers vote against joining Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen as aid arrives in Sanaa

Pakistani lawmakers on Friday unanimously voted to stay out of the Saudi-led air coalition targeting Shiite rebels in Yemen in a blow to the alliance, while planes loaded with badly needed medical aid landed in Yemen’s embattled capital, Sanaa, in the first such deliveries since the airstrikes started more than two weeks ago. READ

Harper arrives in Panama for the Summit of the Americas

Measuring Stephen Harper’s success or failure at this weekend’s meeting of hemispheric leaders in Panama will depend on how he navigates a complex collection of thorny issues across the Americas, experts say. READ

Yemen rebels overrun city amid Saudi-led strikes, Iran steps up its criticism of the campaign

Shiite rebels and allied troops overran the capital of an oil-rich Yemeni province in a heavily Sunni area on Thursday, making significant territorial gains despite Saudi-led airstrikes, now entering their third week. READ

Black leaders say dismissing abuse complaints sends a dangerous message to officers

The fatal shooting of an unarmed black man fleeing from a police officer has stirred outrage around the nation, but people in this South Carolina city aren’t surprised, calling it inevitable in a police department they believe focuses on petty crimes and fails to keep its officers in check. READ

Gunman kills 3 in Milan courthouse, authorities vow to correct security failures

A real estate developer on trial for fraudulent bankruptcy fired 13 shots inside the Milan Tribunal on Thursday, killing his lawyer, a co-defendant and a judge, eluding court security before being captured 25 kilometres away. READ

Tories pressing for more details from allies on Iran nuclear deal

A skeptical Harper government will be pressing some of Canada’s closest allies about their deal to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. READ

Harper would welcome chance to meet Raul Castro at hemispheric summit in Panama

Stephen Harper will have a front-row seat this weekend to a historic event that will play out before hemispheric leaders: a U.S. president and his Cuban counterpart sitting side by side at an international summit. READ

40 per cent of flights cancelled in France because of air-traffic controllers’ strike

French air traffic controllers went on strike Wednesday to demand better working and retirement conditions, prompting the cancellation of nearly half of flights across France. READ

Accused bomb plotter asks Pakistan for help getting him out of Canada

A Pakistani man the federal government accuses of plotting to bomb downtown Toronto has reached out to his country for help in securing his release from detention. READ

Mayor promises body cameras after officer charged with murder in shooting of fleeing black man

A white South Carolina police officer who claimed he killed a black man in self-defence has been fired and faces murder charges after a bystander’s video recorded him firing eight shots at the man’s back as he ran away. READ

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev convicted in Boston Marathon bombing; jury to weigh possible death sentence

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing by a federal jury that now must decide whether the 21-year-old former college student should be executed. READ

Iraqi experts start exhuming bodies at Tikrit mass graves of soldiers killed by Islamic State

Iraqi forensic teams in the newly recaptured city of Tikrit have started exhuming bodies from mass graves believed to contain some of the hundreds of soldiers killed by Islamic State militants last year, a government spokesman said Tuesday. READ

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