"Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius told a friend to take the
blame for him accidentally firing a pistol under the table in
a packed Johannesburg restaurant in January 2013, a month
before he killed his girlfriend, his murder trial has heard.
Recordings made in secret by Nicolas Sarkozy's campaign
adviser have thrown the former French president's UMP party
into disarray, weeks before local elections in which it hoped
to claw back terrain from the ruling Socialists.
Russia has rebuffed Western demands to withdraw forces in
Ukraine's Crimea region to their bases amid a day of
high-stakes diplomacy in Paris aimed at easing tensions over
Ukraine and averting the risk of war.
Pope Francis has played down the notion that he is a
"superman" who will bring sweeping reforms to the Roman
Catholic Church, stressing that its ban on contraception and
opposition to gay marriage will remain in place.
Oscar Pistorius buried his head in his hands and wiped away
tears after a South African court heard grisly details of the
killing of his girlfriend, the first sign of emotion from the
track star in his two-day murder trial.