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‘Third Track’ rappers and hip-hop artists take ‘Arab Spring’ revolts to the next level

Sitting on the fringes of upheaval in the Middle East, Lebanon’s capital Beirut has become the scene of experimental music-making by Khat Thaleth, a group of rappers out to take the revolts that started during the Arab Spring to the next level. The collective has members from around the region…

Top Cuban dissidents launch opposition coalition

Top Cuban dissidents Guillermo Farinas and Jose Daniel Ferrer joined forces to create a more powerful opposition as Raul Castro celebrates his re-election to lead the Communist-run island. “We are going to use every peaceful means in our power to obtain democratic change in Cuba,” said Farinas as he lamented…

Australian cardinal criticizes departing pope

Australia’s top Catholic cleric, Cardinal George Pell, criticized outgoing Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday, describing his historic resignation as destabilizing and questioning his governance skills. Pell, Australia’s representative at next month’s secret conclave to elect a successor, said Benedict was a “brilliant teacher” but “government wasn’t his strong point” in…

White House stonewalling drone investigation say congressmen from both sides of the aisle

US lawmakers have accused the White House of rebuffing their inquiries into CIA drone bombing raids abroad and vowed to assert more congressional oversight over the secretive drone war. Both Republicans and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday denounced President Barack Obama’s administration for refusing to share key…

Steven Spielberg to head up Cannes Film Festival festival jury

Award-winning director Steven Spielberg will head up this year’s Cannes Film Festival jury, the organisers announced on Thursday, just days after he missed out on his third best-director Oscar. Spielberg, 66, one of the most powerful and respected film-makers in Hollywood, said he was flattered by the appointment. “The memory…

Indonesian mother kills son over ‘small penis’

An Indonesian woman drowned her nine-year-old son in the bath, claiming she was worried that his “small penis” would affect his prospects for the future, a police spokesman said Thursday. The 38-year-old woman from the capital Jakarta told police her son had had a small penis prior to being circumcised,…

Japan scrambles fighters to meet Chinese government plane

Japan scrambled fighter jets on Thursday to head off a Chinese government plane flying towards disputed islands in the East China Sea, the defence ministry said. It said the Y-12 propeller plane did not enter airspace around the Tokyo-controlled islands known as the Senkakus, which Beijing claims as the Diaoyus.…

Fukushima disaster increased risk of cancer for residents who live near plant: WHO

Japan’s 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has raised the risk of thyroid cancer for people living near the plant, but no jump in cases is expected elsewhere, the WHO said Thursday. The World Health Organisation said in a report that within a 20-kilometre (12-mile) radius of the plant, rates of thyroid…

Sen. Marco Rubio urges U.S. to provide Syrian rebels with ammo

US Senator Marco Rubio urged the United States on Wednesday to provide ammunition to Syrian rebels and share intelligence, as Washington was said to weigh “non-lethal” aid. “What the opposition really needs is access to ammunition,” the prominent Republican said days after a US congressional visit to Israel, the occupied…

Jack Lew confirmed as new Treasury secretary

President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff Jack Lew was confirmed Wednesday as the next US Treasury secretary, taking over a key portfolio at a time of deadlock over the US budget and debt. The US Senate voted 71-26 — with support from 20 Republicans — to confirm Lew, a…

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