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Jun 21, 2013

Exclusive: Spyware claims emerge in row over Chinese dissident at NYU

NEW YORK (Reuters) – When Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng arrived in the United States in May last year he was given a fellowship at New York University, use of a Greenwich Village apartment, and a pile of gifts from supporters, including smartphones and an iPad.

But at least two of the gadgets presented to Chen as gifts may not have been quite what they seemed: They included software intended to spy on the blind dissident, according to Jerome Cohen, an NYU professor who has been Chen’s mentor, and another source familiar with the episode.

Jun 18, 2013

Gravestone of late Mayor Koch had birth date wrong

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Former Mayor Ed Koch was 88 years old when he died in February, despite what his gravestone said.

A worker at the Trinity Cemetery in Manhattan noticed last week that the gravestone’s inscription shaved 18 years off the mayor’s life after a stonecutter transposed two digits in his birth year, a Trinity spokeswoman said on Tuesday.

Jun 17, 2013

Chinese dissident urges U.S. to ensure family’s fair treatment

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng called on the United States on Friday to ensure his family in China would be treated fairly, saying his imprisoned nephew was not receiving proper medical care from Chinese authorities, whom he accused of “hooligan tactics.”

Chen, who made international headlines last year when he escaped house arrest and spent 20 hours on the run before finding refuge at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, said his nephew was suffering from appendicitis and being treated only by a fellow inmate who had received some medical training.

Jun 17, 2013

China pressured NYU to make him leave, dissident says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident who fled his home country to become a visiting scholar at New York University, accused the school on Sunday of asking him to leave because of “unrelenting pressure” from China.

NYU denied the claim, saying that it had said last year before the blind dissident arrived that his fellowship would last up to a year and end sometime this summer.

Jun 17, 2013

China pressured U.S. university to make him leave, dissident says

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chen Guangcheng, the Chinese dissident who fled his home country to become a visiting scholar at New York University, accused the school on Sunday of asking him to leave because of “unrelenting pressure” from China.

NYU denied the claim, saying that it had said last year before the blind dissident arrived that his fellowship would last up to a year and end sometime this summer.

Jun 13, 2013

Chinese dissident to leave New York University shortly

NEW YORK, June 13 (Reuters) – Chinese dissident Chen
Guangcheng, who left his home country last year and became a
visiting scholar at New York University, will leave the school
this summer but will likely remain in the United States,
university officials said on Thursday.

Chen made international headlines last year when he escaped
house arrest in China’s Shandong province, after campaigning for
farmers and disabled citizens and exposing forced abortions in
China. Chen spent 20 hours on the run before finding refuge at
the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, prompting urgent negotiations
between the two countries and, finally, China’s agreement to let
him travel to the United States.

Jun 11, 2013

Student pleads guilty to stabbing Muslim cabbie in New York

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A film student pleaded guilty to attempted murder as a hate crime on Tuesday for stabbing a New York City taxi driver in what prosecutors said was an anti-Muslim attack.

Michael Enright, 24, faces 9-1/2 years in prison when he is sentenced later this month.

Jun 9, 2013

Fifth victim dies after California shooting rampage

By Jonathan Allen

(Reuters) – A college student shot during a gunman’s rampage in Santa Monica, California, died on Sunday, the school said, two days after her father and three other people were killed in the same attack.

Marcela Franco, 26, was one of the final victims of the gunman’s spree, which began on Friday morning when he fatally shot his brother and father and apparently set their house on fire, police said.

Jun 8, 2013

As guest habits change, New York hotel clears away room service

NEW YORK, June 8 (Reuters) – Soon, the black-uniformed
waiters wheeling trolleys of food will disappear from the halls
of the Hilton Midtown. Will visitors to New York City’s largest
hotel mind having to leave their rooms for sustenance?

For some, a hotel without room service made no sense.

“You’re on holiday, you’re away, you like being waited on,”
said Claire Avery, a prison clerk from New South Wales,
Australia, who was staying at the Hilton with her boyfriend.
“Sometimes you don’t even have to move.”

Jun 3, 2013

More than two dozen people shot over hot New York City weekend

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The hottest weekend of the year in New York City was one of the most violent, with 26 people shot, seven of them fatally, over 72 hours, police said on Monday.

Among the victims was an 11-year-old girl walking out of an apartment block in Brooklyn on Friday. She was hit in the neck by a bullet intended for two men nearby, according to the New York Police Department.