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UK government to make all publicly-funded scientific research freely available

The government is to unveil controversial plans to make publicly funded scientific research immediately available for anyone to read for free by 2014, in the most radical shakeup of academic publishing since the invention of the internet. Under the scheme, research papers that describe work paid for by the British…

South African becomes first woman to chair African Union Commission

By Helen Vesperini (AFP) – 2 hours ago ADDIS ABABA — She beat the incumbent, Jean Ping of Gabon, in a closely fought election over several rounds of voting. “Now we have the African Union chair Madame Zuma, who will preside over the destiny of this institution,” Benin’s president and…

Archbishop Tutu accuses Britain of neglecting human rights obligations

LONDON — Archbishop Desmond Tutu has accused Britain of neglecting its human-rights duties over a case brought by Kenyans allegedly abused by British colonial officials in the 1950s, The Times reported Monday. The case of three elderly Kenyans who claim to have been tortured during the Mau Mau uprising begins…

Sudan responds to student protests by shutting down university

Administrators at Sudan’s main university have partially shut down the campus, sources at the institution said Sunday, after several Arab Spring-style student protests sparked by high inflation. “Now there is no teaching from today up to the end of Ramadan,” one University of Khartoum source told AFP. He said the…

U.S. presses Brazil to take larger role in war on drugs

LA PAZ — Brazil should play a more dynamic role in the war on drugs in Bolivia since 60 percent of the latter country’s cocaine winds up in the former, a US diplomat has said. Under the principle of shared responsibility, Brazil should play a bigger part in discouraging Bolivia…

California city considering English-only policy for council meetings

The city council in Walnut, Calif. is asking the U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) to examine a proposal that would require all public comments at council meetings to be made in English. According to KNBC-TV, the council voted 5-0 this past week to postpone a decision on the proposal, which would…

Olympics chair says security gaffe won’t jeopardize games

The chairman of the London 2012 Organizing Committee Sebastian Coe said Sunday that a recruitment shortfall by private security firm G4S would not jeopardize the safety of the Olympic games. G4S chief executive Nick Buckles on Saturday said he was “very sorry” that 3,500 troops had to be drafted in…

Obama admits failure to turn Washington around

WASHINGTON — Elected in 2008 on a “hope and change” mantra and vowing an end to bitter partisan politics, President Barack Obama admitted in remarks released Sunday that he had failed to close the divide. “Washington feels as broken as it did four years ago,” Obama said in an interview…

Honduras counts the human rights cost of America’s war on drugs

The deep bullet wound in Hilda Lezama’s thigh is a livid pointer to Honduras’s unwanted status as the latest front line in America’s war on drugs. For all of her 53 years Lezama has lived in Ahuas, a village of wooden homes built on stilts, close to the fast-flowing Patuca…

Bangladesh convicts more than 250 nurses and patients

A Bangladesh court has jailed more than 250 people including paramilitary guards and male nurses for joining a 2009 mutiny, prosecutors said Sunday. Scores of senior army officers were killed during the uprising that began when soldiers at the Bangladeshi Rifles (BDR) headquarters in the capital Dhaka went on a…

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