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Mandela recovering at home after hospital stay

Nelson Mandela was recovering at home in Johannesburg on Monday after being released from hospital with a clean bill of health, easing fears over the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle. The 93-year-old former president was released Sunday after spending the night in hospital for a minor exploratory procedure to investigate…

Iranians overjoyed at first Oscar win

Iranians took to the Internet and mobile phones on Monday to proclaim their pride and joy at their country’s first win at the Oscars– and at the speech by triumphant director Asghar Farhadi putting culture above politics. Messages flooded SMS servers and social networks moments after the movie, “A Separation,” was awarded the best…

Pakistani wins Oscar for acid attack film

A Pakistani director won her country’s first Oscar for a filmmaker for “Saving Face,” a short documentary about acid attacks on women, and those who help them recover. The film by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy follows survivors among hundreds of people attacked every year, and focuses on British Pakistani plastic surgeon Mohammad…

Climate change threatens South Africa’s rooibos tea

Farm workers swing their sickles through red branches, bundling them up before laying them out in the sunshine to dry. The annual harvest at Groenkol Rooibos tea estate, in South Africa’s Western Cape helps quench the world’s growing thirst for “red bush” tea, but farmers fear that climate change could…

Yemen’s Saleh formally steps down after 33 years

Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down after 33 years at the helm on Tuesday at a ceremony at the presidential palace in Sanaa, formally handing power to his deputy, Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi. “I hand over the banner of the revolution, of the republic, of freedom, of security and of stability……

Russia averts plot to assassinate Putin: state TV

Russia’s secret service has arrested two men in connection with a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin after the March 4 presidential elections, Channel One state television said Monday. The station showed two men who said they were acting on the orders of Chechen warlord Doku Umarov. They said…

Silent film ‘The Artist’ crowned with Oscar gold

Silent movie “The Artist” crowned its spectacular awards season success by winning five Oscars including the coveted Best Picture prize at the 84th Academy Awards. The French-directed black-and-white movie earned Oscars for best director for Michel Hazanavicius and best actor for Jean Dujardin, who played a silent movie era star…

Lucy Lawless arrested protesting Arctic oil drilling

“Xena: Warrior Princess” actress Lucy Lawless was arrested in New Zealand Monday after occupying an oil-drilling ship for three days to protest plans to search for oil off Alaska, Greenpeace said. Police climbed a 53-metre (175-foot) drilling derrick on the ship Noble Discoverer in the North Island port of Taranaki…

2012 TED talks to focus on shaping the future

Technology, art and magic will mix in perspective-bending ways this week as the prestigious TED conference continues transforming from an elite retreat to a global movement for a better world. The gathering kicks off Monday in the Southern California city of Long Beach with a roster of 1,350 attendees including…

‘Super sherpa’ says climate change may make Mount Everest unclimbable

Climate change is altering the face of the Himalayas, devastating farming communities and making Mount Everest increasingly treacherous to climb, some of the world’s top mountaineers have warned. Apa Sherpa, the Nepali climber who has conquered Mount Everest a record 21 times, said he was disturbed by the lack of…

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