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Russian Wikipedia shuts down in protest of Internet censorship bill

The Russian-language Wikipedia website shut down for a day Tuesday and symbolically blacked out its logo in protest at a bill that would allow the state to block access to blacklisted websites. “Imagine a world without free knowledge,” it said in a statement on its otherwise white main page, saying…

Contraception saves 250,000 lives each year: study

Contraceptive use saves the lives of more than a quarter of million women each year, either from death in childbirth or unsafe abortions, according to estimates published on Tuesday. In 2008, 355,000 women died while giving birth or from illegal or dangerous abortions, a study published by The Lancet said.…

Probe finds ‘shocking’ abuse in Australian military

A damning report on the Australian military on Tuesday detailed 24 allegations of rape that never went to trial and other claims that Defence Minister Stephen Smith admitted would “shock” people. The report was commissioned by the government last year following the so-called Skype scandal, when footage of a young…

Nigeria Islamists claim weekend funeral carnage

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamists on Tuesday claimed a weekend attack at a graveyard in central Plateau state that killed at least 22 people, but police insisted another group was responsible. After the raid that also left two prominent politicians dead, officials and police blamed Fulani herdsmen, a majority Muslim group…

Japan wants post-Fukushima export curbs lifted

Japan pressed Southeast Asian nations on Tuesday to lift curbs on its exports imposed after last year’s earthquake and subsequent Fukushima nuclear disaster. Speaking at a regional summit, Tsuyoshi Michael Yamaguchi, Japan’s senior vice-minister for foreign affairs, called for a review of restrictions introduced amid fears some agricultural produce could…

France’s Hollande in London for tricky talks

French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday began his first official visit to Britain, where he will hold talks with David Cameron aimed at smoothing over recent differences. The Socialist leader arrived on a French military jet at the RAF Northolt airbase in London for the one-day visit, during which he…

Judge dismisses Armstrong lawsuit against USADA

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Lance Armstrong against the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) but said the seven-time Tour de France winner can refile it within 20 days. US District Judge Sam Sparks criticized Armstrong’s lawyers for the 80-page filing in tossing it out, saying it smacked of…

Parent taken hostage at French school: police

The parent of a pupil was taken hostage at a French school in a Paris suburb on Tuesday but no children were involved and elite police have been dispatched to the scene, police said. The incident in Vitry started at around 0500 GMT and no contact has yet been made…

Iraqi Olympians aim for medals, unity

They may specialise in different disciplines but all of Iraq’s representatives to the 2012 London Olympics know all too well the struggle of training in a country which is dangerous and still rebuilding. Iraq’s Olympic team heads to Britain hoping to secure medals, an achievement which could help solidify what…

British farmers told to grow curry ingredients for sustainability

Farming chickpeas and spices would open up new markets and reduce dependence on imports, a new report says Growing ingredients for Indian curries such as chickpeas for roti flour as well as a range of exotic herbs and spices would open up new markets for British farmers and reduce dependence…

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