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Brazil activists occupy controversial Amazon dam

More than 150 fishermen and indigenous natives occupied Brazil’s on Tuesday, claiming the project will do irreparable damage to the Amazon ecosystem and their way of life. “This singular alliance of Indians and fishermen is aimed at blowing the whistle on the construction company which has not kept promises made…

Lady Gaga pledges to donate peace prize to AIDS charity

Lady Gaga said on Tuesday she would donate a peace prize given to her by artist and activist Yoko Ono to Elton John’s AIDS charity. “I will be donating this grant to the Elton John AIDS Foundation and I will be working closely with them to ensure that the money…

Still classified: Terror suspects’ own accounts of their abuse

By Cora Currier ProPublica In a motion unsealed last week, the government proposed new ground rules for classified information in the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others charged with planning the 9/11 attacks. The new order says the accused can’t talk about their “observations and experiences” of being…

U.S. chef Dan Barber says California foie gras ban is ‘bad idea’

Award-winning US chef Dan Barber said Tuesday that California’s ban on French speciality foie gras was a “bad idea” that would have no effect on improving food sustainability. A well-known campaigner for sustainable foods, Barber said during a visit to Paris that the ban was a distraction from real efforts…

Che Guevara’s diary published online by researcher

A copy of the handwritten diary that Che Guevara, the Argentine-born Cuban revolution hero, kept before his death in the mountains of Bolivia is now available online, a researcher said Monday. “The goal is for a historical document to be within everyone’s reach. And the Internet makes it possible for…

Bill Gates: ‘I wouldn’t ever choose to run for political office’

Microsoft co-founder turned global philanthropist Bill Gates said Tuesday that he will focus on charity rather than running for US presidency. “I wouldn’t ever choose to run for political office,” said Gates at the annual Abu Dhabi Media Summit held in the Emirati capital. By running the Bill & Melinda…

World’s largest book fair to spotlight children’s literature

The world’s biggest book fair was due to open later Tuesday with the spotlight on children’s literature, traditionally an “under-recognised” sector but now seen as a driving force in publishing. More than 7,000 exhibitors are expected at the five-day Frankfurt Book Fair from Wednesday. “Childrens’ books have been doing very…

Twitter co-founder turns over operations to focus on mobile payment venture Square

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey said Tuesday he has turned over most operations at the high-flying company as he devotes more time to his other venture, mobile payments firm Square. Dorsey tweeted a link to his Tumblr blog noting that he has cut back on his role at Twitter after returning…

Pakistan launches anti-pneumonia drive

Pakistan on Tuesday launched a drive to vaccinate 5.5 million children against pneumococcal disease to fight pneumonia, which kills tens of thousands of youngsters in the country every year. Pakistan is the first country in South Asia to launch a campaign against the disease, according to UN children’s agency UNICEF,…

South Africa plans to build $2.5 billion super telescope

South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday gave his political backing to negotiations with foreign partners to help fund the construction of the world’s next generation radio telescope. South Africa is building the world’s most powerful radio astronomy telescope – the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) — which is set to…

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