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Iraq falling back into ‘authoritarianism’: Human Rights Watch

Iraq is falling back into authoritarianism and headed towards becoming a police state, despite US claims that it has helped establish democracy in the country, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. The criticism from the New York-based HRW comes less than a year after thousands of Iraqis took to the…

Bird flu claims second victim in China

A man in southwest China who contracted the bird flu virus died on Sunday, health authorities said, the second human death from the virulent disease in the Asian country in just under a month. Concerns about avian influenza have risen across southeast Asia after China in late December reported its…

Human Rights Watch urges support for Arab democracies

Human Rights Watch urged world powers to support the rights of Arab Spring protesters to build real democracies after they ousted long-time strongmen once backed by the West, in its annual report on Sunday. “Many democracies have allowed their ties with repressive allies to temper their support for human rights…

Paterno said to be in serious condition

Joe Paterno, Penn State’s iconic collegiate gridiron coach whose legacy was tarnished by a child sex scandal involving a former assistant, was reported to be seriously ill with complications from lung cancer on Saturday. “Over the last few days Joe Paterno has experienced further health complications,” a family spokesman said,…

Activists hurl stink bombs at Japan whaling ship

Anti-whaling activists threw paint and foul smelling acid at a whaling ship in the Antarctic ocean Saturday in a fresh bid to halt the annual hunt, officials said. Two boats belonging to the US-based environmental group Sea Shepherd approached the Japanese whaling vessel Yushin Maru No. 2 (YS2) and launched 40 bottles containing paint and butyric…

‘Anonymous’ hackers attack Brazilian websites

The computer hacker group Anonymous attacked websites of Brazil’s federal district Saturday as well as one belonging to aBrazilian singer to protest the forced closure of Megaupload.com. Anonymous posted messages on Twitter describing attacks against hundreds of Brazilian sites that share the URL ‘df.gov.br,’ which are owned by the government of the federal…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ puts its hopes in spring rebirth

Two months after being ejected from their campsite in New York’s financial district, the founders of Occupy Wall Street hope the arrival of spring will breathe new life into a flagging campaign. On Thursday, barely 20 people attended the daily General Assemblymeeting at Zuccotti Park, the square where the OWS movement was born in September last year…

Online ad revenue overtakes newsprint in China

China’s revenue from online advertising was higher than the equivalent in newsprint for the first time in 2011, a study by the market research firm iResearch said, quoted in the Global Times Saturday. Web advertising in the world’s second largest economy generated 51.19 billion yuan ($8.11 billion), while newsprint advertising brought in 45.36 billion…

Filmmakers capture ‘human view’ of Palestinian village

Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat spent five years filming his village’s resistance to Israeli settlers — and brought his intimate but powerful documentary to the Sundance film festival. Co-directed with Israeli Guy Davidi, “5 Broken Cameras” was shown in competition on the first weekend of the world-renowned independent film festival, which…

‘Occupy London’ protesters take over new building

Anti-capitalist protesters said Saturday they have taken over a large building in the City of London financial district. ‘Occupy London’ activists entered the nine-storey Roman House building in the Barbican earlier this morning, the group announced. “Occupy London this morning publicly repossessed Roman House, an abandoned nine-storey office building in…

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