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Pistorius' prior police run-ins

February 20th, 2013
07:18 PM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

During the bail hearing for Oscar Pistorius in Pretoria on Wednesday, a South African police investigator testified about previous run-ins that the double amputee Olympian has had with police.

Detective Hilton Botha said in his testimony that Pistorius had accidentally fired a weapon at a restaurant in January, and alleged that Pistorius persuaded a friend to take responsibility - Pistorius denied those charges.

The investigator also said Pistorius had previously threatened violence in another incident in an altercation over a woman.

In 2009, Botha said he also investigated another incident, in which an unidentified woman had accused Pistorius of assault, but her claim could not be proved and the case was dropped without any charges being filed.  FULL POST


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Can Twitter really change Saudi Arabia?

February 20th, 2013
05:08 PM ET

By Samuel Burke & Claire Calzonetti, CNN

The Arab Spring has largely passed Saudi Arabia by. In fact, protests are banned in the Kingdom’s streets.

But in the cyber world, protests are growing, much of it happening via Twitter.

Saudis have flocked to the social network in the millions. One recent study found that Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital, is one of the world's most active cities on Twitter.

Even though many protesters on social media sites have been targeted, the Saudi government mostly permits the discourse as a way to let their citizens vent their frustration.  FULL POST


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