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Film on Sudan break-up leaves footprint in history

Sudanese-born British film-maker Taghreed Elsanhouri, whose documentary about last year’s partition of Sudan premiered in her homeland on Thursday night, is leaving footprints for history. The award-winning film-maker said she wanted Sudanese to have “ownership” of their history — and by doing so to take responsibility for what happened. “Our…

Philip Roth’s retirement stuns literary critics

Novelist Philip Roth’s decision to lay down his pen despite seemingly good health and his formerly unstoppable production at the age of 79, has stunned US literary circles. The low-key announcement first appeared in the French cultural magazine Les Inrockuptibles and was missed by many in the United States, where…

One more dead, three sick with mystery virus: WHO

Another person has died of a mysterious respiratory virus and three more cases have been discovered in Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the World Health Organization said Friday. “This brings the total of laboratory-confirmed cases to six,” the Geneva-based UN agency said in a statement. A Saudi man died from the…

Doubts as greenhouse gas leader hosts climate meet

Qatar has much to prove in the coming days as the fossil fuel producing nation with the world’s largest per capita carbon footprint hosts the 18th UN climate change conference. Environmentalists question whether the tiny emirate has the diplomatic muscle, and more importantly, the political will, to play a positive…

Britain delays emissions cut decision to 2016

The British government’s long-awaited legislation to secure investment in low-carbon energy will not include a target to cut emissions by 2030, according to details released on Friday. After months of wrangling, the coalition government of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats reached agreement late on Thursday on…

Israel firms up security as Gaza truce takes hold

Israel restricted Palestinian access to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday and kept a tight grip on security as a first death tested a hard-won truce ending fighting in and around Gaza. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rightwing Likud party meanwhile prepared for a crunch primary Sunday amid signs its popularity…

China orders hospitals to treat HIV/AIDS patients

China has banned health institutions from withholding care to people with HIV/AIDS after an outcry over a cancer patient with the disease who was denied treatment, state media reported. The Ministry of Health issued a memo Friday ordering authorities to take steps to guarantee the right to medical treatment for…

Israel, Hamas both see gains from Gaza fight

Israel and its Hamas foes are each claiming gains from a week of fighting in and around Gaza, but analysts doubt if the army of a sovereign state can ever score a conclusive win against an irregular force rooted in its local community. “There is such a thing, but it…

‘Morsi is no dictator’ supporters say at Cairo rally

Thousands of ecstatic supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi gathered outside the presidential palace on Friday to defend their leader against accusations from rival protesters that he has become a dictator. “We love you Morsi” chanted his supporters as protesters in Tahrir slammed “Morsi the dicator”, highlighting how polarised post-Mubarak…

Exercise before school improves concentration: study

AFP – Cycling or walking to school increases a child’s ability to concentrate in the classroom, the results of a Danish study published Friday showed. Children who were driven to school, or who took public transport, performed less well in a test measuring concentration levels, than those who had walked…

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