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Police force activists out of Indian museum to be razed for Olympic stadium

Police on Friday forcibly ejected some 30 indigenous activists and supporters from Rio’s former Indian Museum located next to the Maracana stadium, the venue for the 2014 World Cup final. As the city’s shock police battalion carried out the assault, supporters of the activists who were outside the building tried…

Nigeria mourns Chinua Achebe despite the fact he was often at odds with it

The death of acclaimed novelist Chinua Achebe led to an outpouring of grief and tributes Friday in his native Nigeria, a country whose government he harshly criticised over the years. The 82-year-old, who was confined to a wheelchair after a 1990 accident and lived in the United States in recent…

Berlin Bruisers are Germany’s first openly gay rugby team

They may have suffered a heavy defeat on their debut, but the Berlin Bruisers trudged off the pitch buoyant and proud after Germany’s only gay rugby team played their first competitive match on Saturday. In freezing temperatures on a snow-covered public football pitch adapted for rugby the Bruisers lost 45-22…

Sao Paulo mayor pledges to improve safety for cyclists after hit-and-run

Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad on Friday pledged to improve the safety for cyclists following an incident in which a hit-and-run driver dumped the severed arm of a cyclist he had struck into a local river. Haddad met with a delegation of cyclists to discuss planned investments to expand the…

Officer testifies stop-and-frisk program motivated by quotas and race

Officer secretly recorded conversation with his supervisor in which he is apparently told to target ‘male blacks 14 to 21′ The New York police department’s controversial stop-and-frisk program is being driven by a high-pressure quota system imposed upon lower-ranking officers by their supervisors, two NYPD officers testified in court this week. The claims were…

Study: 14 percent of childhood asthma may be caused by traffic pollution

As much as 14 percent of chronic childhood asthma may be caused by people living near busy roads and exposed to traffic pollution, a study in 10 European cities found Friday. The study, released by the European Respiratory Journal, matched local health data with exposure to traffic pollution in Barcelona,…

European Union looks into price fixing accusations against Apple

European Union competition watchdogs said Friday they were “looking into” potential anti-trust issues at iPad and iPhone giant Apple, following queries raised by telecommunications operators. “The European Commission has been made aware of Apple distribution practices for iPads and iPhones,” a spokesman for EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia told a…

‘Things Fall Apart’ novelist Chinua Achebe dies at 82

Nigerian author recognised for key role in developing African literature has died in Boston, where he was working as a professor Chinua Achebe, the Nigerian novelist seen by millions as the father of African literature, has died at the age of 82. African papers were reporting his death following an illness and…

80-year-old Japanese man looks to climb Mt. Everest for the third time

A thrill-seeking Japanese octogenarian said Friday his third assault on Mount Everest will be the “ultimate anti-ageing” remedy, despite his recurring heart troubles. Yuichiro Miura is readying to begin his third ascent of the 8,848-metre- (29,028-foot) peak and recapture a record he previously held for being the oldest person to…

Malaysian condom maker expands to meet growing need in Asia

The array of cheeky condoms on Goh Miah Kiat’s desk — multi-coloured, textured and flavoured — would make most business executives blush. They come with grape and strawberry flavours, pleasure-boosting textures, barber pole-like striping, a “Baggy” model and its opposite, the missile-shaped “Powershot.” They hardly seem the stock and trade…

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