Prominent New Yorkers have bought kidneys, expert says, through Israel-based matchmakers

In NYC, cash and connections can get you a kidney

NEW YORK — For most of the thousands of Americans who need a new kidney, there are only two ways to go: persuade a friend or relative to donate, or get on the transplant waiting list.

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Iran’s new chief judge hints at trials for security agents accused in abusing prisoners

Iran chief judge hints at trials for prison abuse

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s state television says the country’s new judiciary chief has promised to bring to trial violators of the people’s rights to account, suggesting he would prosecute security agents accused of torture in the postelection crackdown.

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Iran puts more activists, including Jewish teen, on trial for the post-election turmoil

Iran tries more activists in post-election turmoil

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran put on trial Sunday 25 more activists and opposition supporters, including a Jewish teenager, for their alleged involvement in the post-election turmoil.

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Iraq sets trial date for 5 presidential guards charged with Baghdad bank robbery

5 Iraqi guards face trial in Baghdad bank robbery

BAGHDAD — Five members of Iraq’s presidential guard will go on trial later this month for their alleged roles in a deadly Baghdad bank robbery, an act that illustrated the increase in crime in Iraq, a court spokesman said Thursday.

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British security contractor accused of killing 2 co-workers appears in Iraqi court

Briton appears in Iraqi court over killings

BAGHDAD — A British security contractor accused of shooting two colleagues to death made an initial appearance in an Iraqi court, a step to determine if there is sufficient evidence to charge him with murder, Iraqi and British officials said Tuesday.

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Daughter of former Egyptian president Sadat slams US movie for naming dog after her father

Sadat’s daughter takes on Hollywood movie

CAIRO —The daughter of Egypt’s former president Anwar Sadat has filed a complaint against the makers of “I Love You Man,” a 2009 Dreamworks film, for naming a dog after her father, her lawyer said Saturday.

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Saudi man detained over his alleged sex confession on TV program

Saudi man detained over alleged sex confession

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Many in this ultra-conservative kingdom, where husbands and wives rarely even kiss in public, have been scandalized by a Saudi man who spoke frankly about sex on a satellite TV program, showing off erotic toys and fantasizing about joining the mile-high club.

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Trenton man pleads guilty to laundering money his Army officer wife stole while in Iraq

NJ man pleads guilty in Iraq contracts scandal

TRENTON, N.J. — The husband of a former New Jersey Army Reserve officer who was sentenced to prison for her role in a corruption scandal in Iraq has pleaded guilty to laundering a portion of the money she stole.

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With rattling gunfire echoing in courtroom, feds play audio tapes at tense NC terror hearing

Feds play audio tapes at tense NC terror hearing

RALEIGH, N.C. — Seven terrorist suspects smiled and waved to supporters who packed a North Carolina courtroom, greeting them with a simple and significant phrase: “May peace be upon you,” said in Arabic.

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US judge declines to intervene for American being tried for terrorism in UAE

US judge says he can’t get involved in UAE trail

WASHINGTON — An American who says he was tortured into confessing to terrorism charges in the United Arab Emirates has lost his effort to get a U.S. judge involved in his trial.

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