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300,000 Quebec students protest tuition hike

MONTREAL — Tens of thousands of students protested Thursday against a 75 percent tuition hike at universities in Canada’s mostly French-speaking Quebec province, bringing downtown Montreal to a standstill. “We want to study, not go into debt,” shouted the demonstrators, who converged on the metropolis from across the province, packing…

Jerry Sandusky seeks throw out of sex charges

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant gridiron coach charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, asked a judge to throw out the charges on Thursday. In a pre-trial motion, Sandusky argued that some of the 52 child sex abuse counts against Sandusky, 68,…

Protesting natives shut down Ecuador capital

QUITO — Protesting natives supported by opponents of President Rafael Correa brought Ecuador’s capital to a standstill Thursday, demanding an end to policies they say will open the Amazon rainforest to vast mining projects and ravage the environment. Protests were prompted partly by a recent agreement between Ecuador and China…

McDonald’s names first African-American CEO

Jim Skinner, the McDonald’s chief executive who started at the firm as a management trainee in 1971 and went on to become one of its most successful leaders, has announced his retirement. Skinner, 67, has led the fast-food company for eight years. He will step down on 30 June, McDonald’s…

UNESCO addresses ‘safety crisis’ of journalists covering war

A crucial discussion will take place in Paris today about how best to protect journalists from being murdered. Most importantly, it will touch on the sensitive issue of impunity – the failure of authorities to investigate the killing of journalists, which is seen as an encouragement to murderers. The meeting…

Activists ‘commit more data breaches than cybercriminals’

Activists such as “Anonymous” who hack into government and corporate computer networks and then release files to embarrass those organisations were responsible for more than half of all known data thefts last year, according to a new survey.That’s a big change from recent years when the motivation behind most cyberattacks…

UK beaches blighted by balloons and discarded bags of dog poo

Dog poo wrapped in plastic bags discarded by careless owners has emerged as one of the biggest single threats to the health and safety of beach visitors, a marine conservation charity has warned. The finding is in the latest beach litter data collected by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) last…

Israel says threat of strike on Iran is working

The threat of a military strike on Iran is preventing the Islamic republic from taking the final steps towards developing a nuclear bomb, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday. “We are seeing with our own eyes the reason why Iran, which really wants to achieve a military nuclear…

Mali soldiers claim to have seized power

Renegade Mali soldiers on Thursday claimed they had seized power from an “incompetent regime,” announcing on television they had suspended the constitution and dissolved state institutions. The putschists, calling themselves the National Committee for the Establishment of Democracy, said they had acted due to government’s “inability” to handle a Tuareg-led…

Sperm-hunting women prowl Zimbabwe highways

Susan Dhliwayo was stunned when she pulled her car over recently to pick up a group of male hitchhikers and they refused to get in. The reason? They feared being raped. Sensational reports of gangs of beautiful women picking up male travellers to have sex and harvest their sperm in…

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