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Protests do not stop Formula One race

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Government protests and burning tires and trash in blocked-off streets could not stop the Bahrain Grand Prix Sunday, according to CNN and the LA Times.

Protests caused the Grand Prix to be cancelled twice last year, as workers and the government felt the protests could pose a threat to Formula One crews, workers and fans, according to CNN.

The ruling Khalifa family assured Formula One crews and advertisers that the race would not be cancelled again this year, and would show that though there was unity in kingdom of Bahrain despite protests and division over the last year, according to CNN

In a statement Sunday King Hamed ibn Isa Khalifa said his government was working on a resolution: "I also want to make clear my personal commitment to reform and reconciliation in our great country. The door is always open for sincere dialogue amongst all our people," according to the LA Times.

Protesters of the race said that allowing the race to go forward to give a false impression of unity to people outside of Bahrain, when there was still much unrest, according to CNN and the LA Times.

The Khalifa family granted very few press visas to news organizations in the U.S., only allowing sports reporters and denying the New York Times reporters visas altogether, according to the LA Times.

In addition, British television reporter, Jonathan Miller and his crew were taken into custody in Bahrain, without explanation after the race. A shot time later, Miller sent a message on his Twitter account saying he'd been released, though his driver and an activist that had accompanied them were still in custody, according to the LA Times.

Some of the unrest in Bahrain was over the news of the recent killing of activist leader, Salah Abbas Habib Musa and the detention of another activist, al-Khawaja, who has been on a hunger-strike for the past two months, according to CNN.

Secret Service agents relieved of duty after misconduct

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A group of Secret Service agents and officers sent to Colombia ahead of President Barack Obama were sent home after allegations of misconduct, according to the U.S. government, according to CNN and USA Today.

A caller who said he had knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press the misconduct involved prostitutes. A Secret Service spokesman did not dispute the allegations, according to USA Today.

CNN has reported the number of service members involved is 11, though USA Today has reason to believe there may have been 12 relieved of duty and sent back to the US.
Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said the allegations of misconduct were related to activity before the president's arrival Friday night, according to CNN.

Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the government personnel brought prostitutes back to their rooms Wednesday night. A hotel manager attempted to enter one of the rooms, and eventually a woman emerged saying, "they owed her money," according to CNN.

The issue at hand is not in regards to criminal allegations against the service members.

"My understanding is that there are no allegations of any crime being committed. It violates the Secret Service code of conduct," said King.

Syria continues shelling, despite impending deadline

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Syria has agreed to withdraw its military forces from towns and cities by Tuesday, but continues shelling in the meantime, according to CNN and the Guardian.

Though the deadline is in the future, the Tuesday deadline is "not an excuse for continued killing," the spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday, according to CNN.

Approximately 52 people were killed around the country Friday, the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria said, according to CNN.

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, repeated demands that Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president, follow through with the plan of withdrawing troops so that a ceasefire can take effect two days later, on April 12, according to the Guardian.

Both western and Arab governments doubt whether Assad will comply with a plan that implies the end of his rule, though diplomats to concede that the plan is the only one in motion currently.

The pro-government daily publication, al-Watan, quoted an unnamed official saying the government was not bound by next Tuesday's deadline for a ceasefire because that day marks "the beginning of army units' withdrawal and not the end," according to the Guardian.

The president of Hungary said he would not resign Friday after losing in doctoral degree due to plagiarism, and instead would write a new dissertation, according to CNN and the Washington Post.

"I have a clean conscience. I have written my thesis with my best knowledge I had at the time, and I never intended to plagiarize. However, I will accept the decision of the (University) Senate that has withdrawn my doctorate. But this has got nothing to do with me being a president," President Pal Schmitt said Friday according to CNN.

A committee consisting of four professors and a lawyer said that more than 200 pages of Schmitt's 215-page thesis were either direct translations or showed "partial similarity" to other works, according to the Washington Post.

The committee did fault University of Physical Education also, however, saying the awarding of the degree was an oversight on their part for not noticing the extensive copying and bringing it to Schmitt's attention earlier, according to the Washington Post.

Some are upset by the president's decision, as intellectuals and media have indicated that the former Olympic champion's resignation is favored over the dissertation rewrite, according to the Washington Post.

"I will prove that as a former Olympic champion I still have perseverance. I will prove ... that I can write a so-called Ph.D. dissertation and obtain my doctorate in this manner," Schmitt said, according to the Washington Post.

Schmitt was elected president for a five-year term by Parliament in 2010, according to CNN.

Egyptian doctor acquitted in virginity tests case

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A military supreme court in Egypt acquitted a doctor who allegedly forced detained female protesters to be subjected to virginity tests Sunday, claiming no such tests were conducted, according to CNN and Aljazeera.
Samira Ibrahim brought the case to Egypt's military-led government court last August, claiming she was among many who were subjected to the tests, and the 25-year-old said she was devastated when she heard the ruling Sunday, according to CNN.
"This is rape, and I fainted when I heard the verdict in court," Ibrahim said, according to CNN. "God Knows the truth and it will always be a black spot in Egypt's history."
Many have doubts about the verdict, claiming the court is biased to rule in favor of military or government agencies, according to CNN.
"They will never indict one of their own, in all the cases of killing protesters, no real investigations were done, just fact-finding committees that submit their findings," Presidential candidate Abdullah Shalaan said, according to CNN.
There is no appeals court that can hear the case in Egypt, according to Aljazeera. However, Adel Ramadan, an attorney representing Ibrahim, said he planned to take the case outside Egypt to the International Criminal Court, according to CNN.

Researchers have started testing an artificial pancreas, which could be a treatment to help to stabilize blood-glucose levels in patients with types 1 and 2 diabetes, around the United States and Europe, according to USA Today and CNN.

The artificial pancreas has been tested on patients on an in-patient basis so far, as currently required by the FDA, with positive results, according to CNN. The artificial pancreas assists in monitoring blood sugar levels in the body and administering glucose when that level dips too low.

The artificial pancreas currently works by the use of an algorithm that is created from aggregate data form many individuals with diabetes, according the USA Today.

Researchers hope the artificial pancreas will be ready for testing outside of a hospital setting in the U.S by 2015, according to USA Today, though some European nations are already allowing outpatient trials.

"At some point, you've got to get this into a real-life setting," said Dr. William Russell, a pediatric endocrinologist at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's hospital, according to USA Today.

Journalist killed in Syria shelling attacks

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Journalist Marie Colvin, of Britain's Sunday Times was killed in Syria last week while trying to escape a shelling attack, according to CNN and NPR.

Colvin, 56, was trying to retrieve her shoes when a rocket landed a few yards away. Colvin had taken off her shoes when she entered the building that was serving as a makeshift press center. This is customary in Syria, according to CNN.

Colvin's mother, Rosemarie Colvin, said aid workers have tried for several days to retrieve her daughter's body from Syria, however a final attempt Saturday led to workers determining the situation was too dangerous, CNN said.

Throughout Colvin's journalistic career, she had been known for reporting human elements in dangerous war zones, according to NPR.

"Almost every frontline in a warzone I've been to, Marie was there," said James Hinder, one of Colvin's colleagues, according to NPR. "She was quite often the first person there. And more often than not, she was the only person there."

Museum robbed in Greece

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Authorities in Greece are on the hunt for two masked gunman who tied up a guard the Archeological Museum of Olympia and stole 65-68 of statues and a gold ring Friday, according to CNN and the Huffington Post.

This robbery marks the second big theft like this in 2012 in Greece. In January three art works were stolen from the National Gallery in Athens, including a painting by Pablo Picasso and one by Piet Mondrian, according to CNN.

"It is the first time that we have an armed robbery at the museum during operating hours. It shows that the cuts the Culture Ministry has made since the crisis hit in 2009 make it easier for such incidents to take place," said Dimitra Koutsoumba, president of the Greek Archaeologists' Association, according to CNN.

Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos submitted his resignation after the robbery, though it is unsure if this resignation has been accepted at this time, according to the Huffington Post.

The robbery Friday occurred at the museum of the ancient Games at Olympia, which is only a few hundred yard from the world heritage site's main museum that contains priceless statues and bronze artifacts from the holiest sanctuary of ancient Greece, according to the Huffington Post.

The ceremony for the lighting of the Olympic flame for the 2012 London Olympics is scheduled to take place on May 10 at the Ancient Olympia site, where the museum is located, according to CNN.

An Australian journalist and an American student were arrested in Egypt Saturday on accusation of attempting to bribe people to join a strike that marks the first anniversary of Hosni Mubarak's ouster, according to CBS and ABC News. The ouster demands a faster transition to civilian rule.

American student Aliya Alwi and journalist Austin Mackell have been transferred to a military intelligence office, according to Alwi's Twitter account. Alwi also wrote the report filed against them included witnesses testifying seeing them, "offering money to youth to vandalize and cause chaos."

According to CBS, the arrests follow warnings given on Friday by the country's military council that Egypt faces "conspiracies." Many activists say the message seeks to undermine their campaign aimed at pushing the generals to relinquish power.

Egypt's criminal investigation of the U.S. democracy advocates has prompted calls in Washington to cut the country's aid package, according to ABC.

Assange Makes His Final Appeal Against Extradition

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Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, is in the process of making his final appeal against extradition to Sweden to face allegations of sex crimes, which Assange claims are false, according to CNN.

"The words 'judicial authority' can only be understood as meaning an independent judge or a person executing equivalent power," Dinah Rose QC, Assange's lawyer said. Rose also said that to consider the Swedish public prosecutor as a judicial authority is "contrary to basic, fundamental principle of law," according to The Guardian.

"The decision whether to arrest somebody might be made by somebody who is partisan," Clare Montgomery on behalf of the Swedish judicial authority. "That happens throughout Europe."

Assange has been living under house arrest for the last year in a house called Ellingham Hall, which is north of London. The owner of the house is Vaughan Smith, a former British soldier and journalist, CNN said.

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