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Floods and landslides kill 17 in Indonesia

Four children were among 17 people killed over the weekend in central Indonesia after heavy rains triggered floods and landslides, officials said on Monday. The children, aged between two and nine, died along with 13 adults when flooding and landslides hit the northern part of Sulawesi island early Sunday, provincial…

Spanish film stars lash out at government austerity at national awards

Spanish stars lashed out at government austerity measures at the prestigious Spanish film awards, the Goyas, on Sunday which saw Pablo Berger’s “Blancanieves” take the top film award. The critical tone of the ceremony was set by presenter Eva Hache’s opening monologue which touched on spending cuts to health and…

Britain pushing to lift European embargo against Syrian rebels

Britain, apparently backed by a handful of European Union allies, is fighting to lift an EU arms embargo barring the supply of weapons to the Syrian rebel coalition battling President Bashar al-Assad. As EU foreign ministers go into a day-long meeting on the issue Monday, the internal row remains unresolved…

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…

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