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Indian state drops cartoonist’s sedition charge

AFP - Indian prosecutors dropped sedition charges Friday against a cartoonist whose arrest over his anti-corruption drawings outraged freedom of speech campaigners, his lawyer said. Aseem Trivedi, whose online cartoons include the national parliament depicted as a huge toilet bowl, was detained in Mumbai early last month before being released four…

Botswana court gives women inheritance rights

AFP - In a landmark ruling Botswana’s High Court on Friday gave women inheritance rights for the first time, up-ending a male-dominated system that had prevailed in the thriving African nation. Announcing the ruling, Justice Key Dingake said, “It seems to me that the time has now arisen for the justices…

‘Voodoo lily’ stinks up New Zealand botanic garden

AFP - A “grotesque” plant that mimics the smell of rotting flesh to attract flies has gone on display in Wellington’s Botanic Gardens. The dracunculus vulgaris, commonly known as the voodoo lily, began flowering on Thursday and will emit a strong stench of putrid meat for about a week, botanic gardens…

U.S. warns meningitis cases could rise

AFP - US authorities have managed to contact most of the thousands of people exposed to the tainted drug blamed for a meningitis outbreak that has killed 14, but warned the number of infections could rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it had contacted 12,000 of the nearly…

Pakistan child activist facing ‘critical’ 24-36 hours

AFP - The next 36 to 48 hours will be critical for a Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, the military said Friday, calling on the nation to pray for her recovery. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai who campaigned for the right to an education has been…

Obama, Romney asked to debate on climate change

MIAMI — Experts appealed Thursday to President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to address climate change when they debate in Florida, saying the coastal state is already hit by rising water levels. More than 120 Floridians who either serve on official bodies on sea level or hold advanced degrees on…

Sept. 11 mastermind loses appeal to delay Monday hearing

WASHINGTON — The self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 11 terror attacks has lost an appeal citing rats and mold as a reason to delay his court appearance on Monday, a defense lawyer said. Judge James Pohl’s decision was still sealed Thursday, three days before the hearing in question, but lawyer…

Obama rips into ‘latest’ version of Romney

MIAMI — US President Barack Obama quipped Thursday that Mitt Romney must be “severely kidding” if he thought Americans would fall for his sudden “makeover” designed to hide extreme conservatism. Obama, shocked into action by poll numbers driven down by his sleepy debate performance last week, ripped into his Republican…

French artist memorializes civil rights struggle with D.C. mural

WASHINGTON — French photographer JR, who specializes in giant installations in public places, celebrated the US civil rights movement Thursday with his first installation in Washington. He took over an unused building a block off U Street in the US capital to create a mural based on an iconic image…

Romney asks Rev. Billy Graham to pray for him

MONTREAT, North Carolina — US presidential hopeful Mitt Romney met with Reverend Billy Graham on Thursday and asked the world-renowned evangelist to pray for him in the final weeks of the campaign. “I’ll do all I can to help you,” said Graham, 93. The Christian leader and his son Franklin…

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