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Hong Kong’s buffalo provide a divisive link to the region’s past

A short journey from the skyscrapers at the hectic centre of Hong Kong, water buffaloes lumber over jungle-clad hills and through secluded villages where they once worked as farm animals. But after years roaming through the same areas, some have been moved to a nature reserve in a far-flung corner…

New campaign tells Senegal’s women ‘all black’ is beautiful

Outraged by adverts urging women to bleach their skin, a spontaneous movement has emerged in Senegal arguing that black is beautiful — and to act otherwise is to risk one’s health. The campaign sprang up in response to advertisements that appeared in the capital Dakar last year for a cosmetic…

Report: Sprinter Pistorius had ‘freak’ gun accident in restaurant

Oscar Pistorius nearly shot a friend at an upmarket restaurant recently when the pistol he was looking at accidentally went off, local media reported on Monday. The incident occurred less than a month before the star athlete was charged with murder after his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead…

Georgia to execute mentally handicapped prisoner on Tuesday

A mentally handicapped man is to be put to death in the US state of Georgia on Tuesday, despite protests from human rights activists and mental health advocates calling the execution a miscarriage of justice. Warren Hill, a 52-year-old African American, is reported to have an IQ of 70, putting…

Pope Benedict XVI begins private ‘spiritual retreat’

Pope Benedict XVI began a week-long spiritual retreat out of the public eye on Monday ahead of his resignation, with the cardinal leading the prayers saying he hoped they would be an “oasis”. The pope will remain in the Vatican with some of his closest aides for the traditional pre-Easter…

Russian scientists say they have recovered meteor fragments

Scientists said Monday they had discovered fragments of the meteor that spectacularly plunged over Russia’s Ural Mountains creating a shockwave that injured 1,200 people and damaged thousands of homes. The giant piece of space rock streaked over the city of Chelyabinsk in central Russia on Friday with the force of…

BBC journalists strike in protest at compulsory redundancies

BBC journalists on Monday began a 24-hour strike in protest at compulsory redundancies, causing possible disruption to the broadcaster’s television and radio output. Members of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) walked out at midnight (local time and GMT) at the end of Sunday’s programming, over job cuts which are…

Chris Hayes and panel discuss pope and role of Catholic Church in people’s lives

On UP with Chris Hayes on Sunday, the host used the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI as jumping off point to discuss religion in contemporary society. Hayes mentioned that Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League, claims that “we are likely to witness an explosion in voyeurism, as well as…

Country singer Mindy McCready reported dead at 37

Troubled country singer Mindy McCready reportedly died, allegedly of a suicide, on Sunday. Stacy McCloud, a reporter for FOX 17 in Nashville, Tenn. tweeted about the death initially, writing on Twitter, “A close family friend of Mindy McCready has informed me that the country singer has committed suicide.” Soon after,…

Video: Thousands protest Keystone XL pipeline in D.C.

Thousands of demonstrators protested the proposed Keystone XL at the National Mall on Sunday. “Hey hey, ho ho, Keystone pipeline’s got to go!” protestors chanted at one point. “I’m ashamed of what my country is doing. I’m ashamed we’re knocking on your door with dirty oil. I want to stand…

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