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President Obama to visit Nelson Mandela’s jail cell

President Barack Obama will Sunday stare into the stark cell where Nelson Mandela spent years as prisoner of a racist regime, in a visit paying homage to his hero after he left Johannesburg without seeing the ailing icon. The US leader will fly to Cape Town and then visit the…

More than 80,000 march for gay pride in Mexico City

Clad in colorful costumes — or nothing at all — more than 80,000 people participated in Mexico City’s gay pride march, officials said. Amid the procession of people dressed as butterflies, clowns and Indian warriors, were a dozen floats, including one featuring topless transsexuals dancing. “This is our way to…

United Nations: Revised guidelines on HIV show millions need earlier drug treatment

Nearly 10 million more people infected with the AIDS virus now meet medical standards for receiving HIV drugs, according to revised UN guidelines released on Sunday, which experts say could avert 6.5 million deaths or new infections by 2025. But achieving this goal will be a challenge, as it will…

British parliament budgets $150,000 to refurbish two toilets

The British parliament is to spend up to £100,000 (120,000 euros, $150,000) on refurbishing two toilets used by members of the House of Lords and guests, it emerged on Sunday. A contract put out to tender by the House of Commons authorities says the toilets, installed in 1937, have not…

Vanderbilt suspends four football players amid sex crime investigation

Vanderbilt University football players suspended in sex crimes investigation (via The Christian Science Monitor) Vanderbilt University has dismissed four football players from the team and suspended them from the university as the result of a sex crimes investigation. A statement on the school’s web site says only that the four…

Anti-government protests continue in Istanbul

Thousands gathered in Istanbul’s Taksim Square on Saturday to protest against the harsh police treatment of demonstrators whose anti-government rallies have rocked the country for nearly a month. Riot police blocked off the centre of the square, the symbolic heart of the nationwide protest movement, for some two hours as…

Croatia to join European Union on Sunday

By Zoran Radosavljevic ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union at midnight on Sunday, a milestone that caps the Adriatic republic’s recovery from war but is tinged with anxiety over the state of the economy and the bloc it joins. EU flags fluttered from a…

Rival bands of Egyptian protesters steel themselves for battle on Sunday

By Alexander Dziadosz CAIRO (Reuters) – Rival protesters in Egypt’s capital insist they want to avoid bloodshed during mass rallies against President Mohamed Mursi on Sunday, but both are clearly ready for a confrontation. As the opposing sides vie for the revolution’s mantle, Mursi’s Islamist supporters have set up checkpoints…

Dept. of Agriculture approves horse slaughterhouse amid lawsuit threat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A New Mexico meat plant received federal approval on Friday to slaughter horses for meat, a move that drew immediate opposition from animal rights group and will likely be opposed by the White House. The U.S. Agriculture Department said it was required by law to issue a…

Brazil’s evangelicals flex political muscle in Sao Paulo march

Hundreds of children sang and danced Saturday at the start of Sao Paulo’s annual “March for Jesus” expected to draw up to one million evangelical Christians, organizers said. The 21st edition of the march took place as the country is reeling from the worst social turmoil in more than 20…

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