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Environmental icon Marina Silva establishes new political party in Brazil

Environmental icon and former senator Marina Silva will set up a new party Saturday, one year before Brazil’s presidential elections, an aide said Friday. Silva, 55, won a surprising 20 million votes — 19 percent of the total — in a first round of voting when she ran for president…

Yoko Ono opens retrospective in Frankfurt

The largest-ever retrospective of works of Yoko Ono, once described by her late husband John Lennon as “the most famous unknown artist in the world”, opened Friday in Frankfurt’s Schirn Kunsthalle. Ono, who turns 80 next week, “is a unique, indeed perhaps even a mythical figure, not only in the…

British court rules Google could sued for failing to remove libelous comments from search

By Lisa O’Carroll, The Guardian Landmark ruling that tech giant could be liable for comments if it has been notified of them and failed to remove them.  Google may have to act quicker to remove potentially libellous posts from its Blogger.com following a court of appeal ruling in London. The…

Vote to name new pope may take time due to rifts in Church

What would appear at first glance to be a cakewalk for a staunch conservative, to follow in the footsteps of Pope Benedict XVI, will be anything but Vatican experts say. Of the 117 cardinal electors, 67 were named by the outgoing pontiff, and the other 50 by his beloved predecessor…

Venezuela releases first photos of Chavez in hospital

Venezuela on Friday released the first photos of President Hugo Chavez since he underwent his fourth round of cancer surgery in Havana back in December. The shots gave Venezuelans living in a state of limbo without their once media-happy and larger than life commandante a first glimpse of him as…

Secret donors funded media campaign against wind farms

Secretive funding network channelled millions to stop state governments moving towards renewable energy Conservatives used a pair of secretive trusts to fund a media campaign against windfarms and solar projects, and to block state agencies from planning for future sea-level rise, the Guardian has learned. The trusts, Donors Trust and…

Carnival Triumph and six other cruises from hell

From pirate attacks to storms to an outbreak of norovirus, worse things do often happen at sea As the cruise ship Carnival Triumph approached the dock in Alabama this morning, passengers chanted “Let me off! Let me off!” Four days earlier, an engine fire had knocked out the ship’s power and transformed…

Pistorius arrives in court to face murder charge

South Africa’s superstar sprinter Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius arrived in court on Friday to face charges that he murdered his model girlfriend at his luxury home on Valentine’s Day. Two police vehicles arrived at the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court, with the amputee athlete sitting in the back of one, his head…

Asteroid to whiz past Earth

NASA is keeping close tabs on a sizable asteroid set to whiz past our planet Friday in what the US space agency says is the closest flyby ever predicted for such a large object. About 150 feet (45 meters) in diameter, the asteroid — dubbed 2012 DA 14 — is…

Compensation sought for Brazil blaze victims

A private association has filed a lawsuit in the wake of a fatal Brazil nightclub fire, demanding three million reais ($1.5 million) for each family of the 239 victims, a lawyer said. The Anecol group filed the suit against the Kiss club’s owners, as well as members of the band…

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