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Wikipedia hopes mobile phones will help them reach 1 billion users by 2015

Wikipedia is aiming to use mobile phones to reach a billion people by 2015, a senior executive has said, doubling the present number. The rapid spread of cellular networks in the developing world is providing fertile ground for this expansion, even as it robs the site of potential editors, Jay…

Pakistan plans $30 million amusement park for town where bin Laden was killed

Pakistan is planning to build a $30 million amusement park with a zoo and adventure sports facilities in the town where Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces, officials said Monday. The 50-acre (20-hectare) riverside development on the edge of Abbottabad, where US Navy SEALs shot the Al-Qaeda…

Rising incomes fuel India’s growing appetite for meat

With German sausages, French duck breasts and homegrown chicken, Francis Menezes is cashing in on the growing appetite for meat among Indians — even in one of Mumbai’s most strictly vegetarian areas. In the upmarket neighbourhood of Malabar Hill, numerous shops, restaurants and even some apartment blocks remain meat-free. But…

Vietnam jails 22 activists for subversion

Vietnam has sentenced 22 activists to lengthy jail terms ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment, a defence lawyer said, after one of the country’s largest subversion trials for years. Vietnam has sentenced 22 activists to lengthy jail terms ranging from 10 years to life imprisonment, a defence lawyer said,…

Thunderbirds remake is go, say ITV and Hobbit studio

Children’s TV series to return to ITV in 2015, 50 years after it launched, and will be made with Zealand special effects studio Thunderbirds are back! The children’s TV series will return to ITV in 2015, 50 years after Thunderbird 1 first launched from under the swimming pool on Tracy…

To curb rape, Muslim group calls for end to co-ed schools in India

To curb rape, Muslim group calls for end to co-ed schools in India Following the violent gang rape of a young medical student on a Delhi bus last month, some top Muslim clerics say ending co-ed schools would prevent rapes. But the suggestion has found few takers: Even among Muslims, many…

Ex-Marine charged with famed U.S. sniper Chris Kyle’s death

An Iraq war veteran was facing murder charges Monday for allegedly gunning down two men, one of whom was a former Navy SEAL sniper whose exploits in the same conflict were detailed in a best-selling book. Chris Kyle, who wrote “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in…

Fidel Castro makes surprise appearance in Cuba

Ailing Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro made a surprise appearance in Havana Sunday to vote in parliamentary polls, expressing confidence in the revolution despite a decades-long US trade embargo. Castro’s visit to the voting precinct in Havana’s El Vedado neighborhood was the main event in Sunday’s elections, during which Cubans…

Scotland Yard stole dead children’s identities: report

London’s Metropolitan Police stole the identities of some 80 dead children and issued false documents in their names for use by undercover officers, Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported on Sunday. The force authorised the practice over three decades for officers attempting to infiltrate protest groups, without informing the children’s parents, the…

Team recreating Shackleton’s 1916 Antarctic trip makes landfall

An exhausted British-Australian expedition recreating Ernest Shackleton’s 1916 crossing of the Southern Ocean in a small boat made landfall after a perilous 12-day journey. Led by renowned adventurer Tim Jarvis, the team of six reached Peggotty Bluff on rugged South Georgia, where they landed their vessel in the same place…

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