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Romanian cancer patients demand better access to treatment

Cancer patients in Romania on Monday called on the government to make the latest treatments for the disease affordable to end what they called an “inhumane situation”. The call by Romania’s federation of cancer patient associations came on World Cancer Day. “There is a huge discrepancy between the treatments available…

‘Lamb of God’ singer pleaded not guilty to manslaughter of fan in Prague court

Randy Blythe, frontman of US heavy metal group Lamb of God, pleaded not guilty in court in Prague on Monday on the first day his trial on involuntary manslaughter charges for the 2010 death of a fan. The singer also told a municipal court in the Czech capital he wanted…

Notorious Belgian child serial killer seeks release

Notorious Belgian child serial killer Marc Dutroux appeared Monday before a special court seeking to be released and placed under house arrest with an electronic tag. His appeal for early release comes just three months before he completes 16 years of his life sentence for the kidnap and rape of…

Ahmadinejad ready to be ‘first man in space’ with Iran’s space program

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday he is ready “to be the first man in space” under Iran’s ambitious programme which aims to send a human being into orbit by 2020. “Our youth are determined to send a man into space within the next four, five years and I’m sure…

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…

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