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Canadians ‘bullying the bullies’ in teenager girl’s suicide

OTTAWA — A backlash over alleged cyberbullying that pushed a Canadian girl to suicide has cost a man his job, and is hampering a federal police investigation, authorities said Wednesday. Meanwhile, the tormenting of the teenager’s grief-stricken family members continues with websites popping up purporting to be raising money for…

South Africa’s children still face apartheid-like inequality

CAPE TOWN — South Africa’s children still face apartheid-like inequalities with a black child 18 times more likely to grow up poor than his or her white counterpart, a report said Wednesday. The 2012 “South African Child Gauge,” which provides an annual snapshot of the state of children in Africa’s…

Stiglitz: Greece and Spain are ‘in depression’

Greece and Spain are in “depression, not recession”, Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said on Wednesday, blaming tough austerity measures for their downward economic spiral. Stiglitz also maintained that the International Monetary Fund was “a little too optimistic” in its forecast last week that the eurozone economy would shrink by…

Hundreds of plants and animals added to ‘threatened’ list

HYDERABAD, India — An island-dwelling cockroach and a tiny snail were declared extinct Wednesday while 400 plants and animals were added to a threatened “Red List” as global environment ministers met in India. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) updated its authoritative study on the state of biodiversity…

Re-insurer: Climate change played a role in natural disaster spike

Climate change played a role in a nearly five-fold jump in weather-related natural disasters in North America over the last 30 years, Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurer, said on Wednesday. North America saw the world’s biggest increase in natural catastrophes between 1980 and 2011, ahead of Asia which had…

Uruguay legalizes abortion

Uruguay Wednesday became only the second country in mostly Catholic South America to legalize abortion. The Senate voted to allow women the right, under certain conditions, to end an unwanted pregnancy, and make access to the right part of its health care system. The tally in the 31-seat chamber was…

Asia’s top literary award looking for new sponsor

The organisers of Asia’s most prestigious prize for literature said Thursday they were looking for a new sponsor after the Man Group announced it was ending its funding for the prize after six years. The Man Asian Literary Prize began in 2007 and is given to the best novel by…

Chinese mafia suspects appear in Spanish court

Several suspects arrested in Spain as part of a probe into Chinese gangs suspected of laundering tens of millions of euros each year appeared in court for questioning Wednesday. Ten of the over 80 people detained in raids carried out on Tuesday across Spain arrived at the central Madrid court…

Zimmerman trial date set for June

George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watchman charged with the murder of teenager Trayvon Martin, will go on trial on 10 June, a judge ruled on Wednesday. The trial date was set by judge Debra Nelson in a Florida court, but the court noted that there are still several unresolved matters to…

Marie-Antoinette silk slippers auction for $82,000

A pair of silk slippers believed to have been worn by Marie-Antoinette, the wife of French monarch Louis XVI, sold at auction for 62,460 euros ($82,025) here on Wednesday. The size 36-and-a-half (six) slippers, green with ornate pink bands across them and featuring a silk bow, had been expected to…

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