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Indonesia evacuates islanders as volcano erupts

Indonesian rescuers battled Sunday to evacuate thousands from an island where a volcanic eruption killed six people the previous day, with the volcano still spewing out rocks and ash at “dangerous levels”. Mount Rokatenda, on tiny Palue island in East Nusa Tenggara province, was sending large clouds of red-hot ash…

China instructs popular bloggers to ‘promote virtues’

Chinese Internet celebrities have been told to “promote virtues” by a leading official, state media said Sunday, after a singer sparked a free speech debate by venting about bombing government offices. Beijing expects celebrities to “uphold law”, state news agency Xinhua reported the official as saying, after singer Wu Hongfei…

Legend of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs heads to big screen

The life and times of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will be immortalized on the big screen next week as the first of two planned biopics about the visionary computer guru lands in theaters. Almost two years after Jobs lost his long battle with cancer, “Jobs”, starring Ashton Kutcher as the…

Aristotle, Plato and Socrates resurface in Athens amid Greece’s economic crisis

Aristotle, Plato and Socrates have resurfaced in Athens in the midst of Greece’s harrowing economic crisis, brought to life by a global philosophy congress in the very locations they once frequented. “It’s very important to find oneself in the place where philosophy was born,” said Ivorian professor Tanella Boni, one…

Guantanamo braces for unrest after Ramadan truce

The end of Ramadan has left authorities at the Guantanamo Bay military jail preparing for an uptick in unrest at the controversial prison, US officials say. The annual Muslim fast is traditionally regarded as an unofficial truce at Guantanamo, where some inmates have been held for around a decade without…

Hundreds gather to mourn Miami artist killed during arrest

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI BEACH, Florida (Reuters) – Hundreds of friends and supporters of an 18-year-old graffiti artist who died after being shocked by a stun gun during a police chase in Miami Beach gathered on Saturday in a tearful rally at the site where he had been spray-painting. Colombian-born…

Brazilian president complies with protesters’ call for public transportation upgrades

Brazil’s president on Saturday backed a key demand of demonstrators who recently packed the streets, saying quality public transport was crucial to resolving the country’s urban crisis. In June, hundreds of thousands turned out over weeks to protest higher mass transit fares and call for better public services, including transportation.…

Greek police report riot at immigrant detention camp

Riot police were dispatched on Saturday to put down a riot at Greece’s main migrant detention camp where detainees hurled stones at officers and set fire to their living quarters, authorities said. Television footage showed fires blazing at the Amygdaleza detention camp outside Athens, where some 1,200 mainly Asian migrants…

Julian Assange: Obama ‘validated’ Snowden as a whistleblower

(Reuters) – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has called President Barack Obama’s announcement of plans to limit sweeping U.S. government surveillance programs a victory of sorts for fugitive former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. “Today, the President of the United States validated Edward Snowden’s role as a whistleblower by announcing plans…

Israel to take polio vaccination campaign nationwide

Israel is to vaccinate all children against polio, after “thousands” of people in the south of the country were found to be carriers, Health Minister Yael German said on Saturday. German said 98 percent of Israelis were already vaccinated but could pass the virus onto the remainder. “We discovered that…

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