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British prisoner: ‘People are dying’ in Guantanamo Bay from systemic torture

A British hunger striker inside Guantánamo Bay has laid bare the deteriorating conditions of inmates, expressing fears that he and others will soon die as a result of what he described as “systematic torture”. Shaker Aamer, the last UK resident still held at the camp, claims he is subjected to…

Experts: Millions will starve to death as climate change accelerates

Millions of people could become destitute in Africa and Asia as staple foods more than double in price by 2050 as a result of extreme temperatures, floods and droughts that will transform the way the world farms. As food experts gather at two major conferences to discuss how to feed…

Chavez loyalists ‘feel a void’ at former leader’s hallmark polling place

AFP - In every election, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez sent crowds into a frenzy when he cast his ballot at the same school in a poor neighborhood of Caracas, but on Sunday it was a scene of mournful calm. As they voted to choose the late leftist leader’s successor in the January…

Venice motorboats briefly silenced to raise awareness of noise pollution

AFP - Venice on Sunday enjoyed the sounds of silence as authorities imposed a five-hour ban on motorboats plying the Renaissance city’s main waterway in a bid to raise awareness about noise pollution and architectural damage caused by waves. Boat traffic on the Grand Canal in the world-famous lagoon came to…

Bio-engineered kidney offers new hope to patients suffering renal failure

Researchers in the United States on Sunday said they had bio-engineered a kidney and transplanted it into rats, marking a step forward in a quest to help patients suffering from kidney failure. The prototype proves that a “bio-kidney” can work, emulating breakthroughs elsewhere to build replacement structures for livers, hearts…

Ireland to hold nationwide vote on legalizing same sex marriage

Ireland is to hold a referendum on legalising gay marriage after a special convention set up to reform the Irish constitution recommended that same-sex couples in the republic be recognised in law. The convention voted 79% in favour of full equality for same-sex marriage in Dublin on Sunday. Under the…

Sen. Marco Rubio: ‘I think Jay-Z needs to get informed’ about Cuba

US Senator Marco Rubio on Sunday railed against the recent trip to Cuba by pop diva Beyonce and hip-hop star Jay-Z, calling for stricter rules against travel to the communist-run island. “I won’t rap it, but I’ll say, first of all, I think Jay-Z needs to get informed,” Rubio told…

Rwanda seeks to block talk of war crimes court at UN

The United Nations has been hit by a second war crimes court dispute in a week with Rwanda trying to stop the UN Security Council praising the International Criminal Court. The storm comes only days after the United States boycotted a UN General Assembly debate where Serbia’s president launched a…

Swiss president sees no need to change banking secrecy

Swiss President Ueli Maurer said on Sunday he saw “no need to change strategy” after fellow financial centre Luxembourg eased its bank secrecy practices. Now is a “dangerous time for Switzerland (but) unlike Luxembourg, Switzerland is not part of the EU” and it meets Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development…

Australian Cardinal says church needs ‘better discipline’

Australia’s most senior Catholic cleric Cardinal George Pell, picked by the pope to help advise him on governance and reforms, said Sunday “better discipline” was needed in the church. The Sydney Archbishop also suggested less Italian influence at the Vatican would be welcome. Pell was one of eight cardinals from…

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