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Guinea police seized 800 pieces of ivory in trafficking bust

Guinea police seized over 800 pieces of ivory, including sculptures and elephant tusks, in the capital Conakry during a raid that led to six arrests, police said Friday. The arrests were made on May 19 and 21, a police official said on condition of anonymity. Security forces “seized over 800…

Super-telescope project split between South Africa and Australia

A long-running joust to host a radio telescope that would give mankind its farthest peek into the Universe ended on Friday with a Solomon-like judgement to split the site between Australia and South Africa. “We have decided on a dual site approach,” said John Womersley, chairman of the board of…

UAE women start Twitter campaign because shorts and tank tops are ‘repulsive’

The UAE may be the Gulf’s most liberal Arab state but two local women have caused a stir with an online campaign against the “repulsive” habit of Western women to reveal too much flesh in public. Hanan al-Rayyes and Asma al-Muheiri say their “UAE Dress Code” campaign is designed to…

Study: 43 percent of women experienced street harassment in Britain

Sexual harassment is a persistent and dangerous problem on Britain’s streets, women’s charities have warned, as a poll reveals that more than four in 10 young women were sexually harassed in the capital over the last year. A YouGov survey of 1,047 Londoners commissioned by End Violence Against Women Coalition…

Tony Blair to face Leveson press ethics inquiry

Former British prime minister Tony Blair will testify next week at a press ethics inquiry set up following a phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, the inquiry said Friday. Blair, Britain’s Labour premier between 1997 and 2007, is likely to be asked by the Leveson Inquiry about…

Climate pact process stumbles as countries bicker

Less than six months after the world agreed to craft a new climate pact by 2015, negotiations stumbled at a crucial preparatory phase on Friday as rich and poor countries butted heads. The concluding session of an already troubled 11-day haggle in Bonn ran into delays as countries clashed over…

Cambodian environmental activists fight rampant logging

Frustrated by government inaction, Cambodian citizen patrollers are risking their lives to take on the country’s illegal loggers in a bid to save their shrinking forests. The shooting of a prominent environmentalist by a military policeman last month after he refused to hand over logging photos rocked the kingdom and…

‘Cosmopolis’ brings capitalism, decay to Cannes

Money, sex, technology and stretch limos abound as David Cronenberg brought “Cosmopolis” to Cannes on Friday, with Robert Pattinson as a billionaire financier looking for a haircut as a killer looks for him. The Manhattan thriller, adapted from Don DeLillo’s novel, follows a day in the life of Eric Packer…

More than 50 climbers crowd Everest summit

More than 50 climbers successfully summited Mount Everest on Friday, a Nepalese official said, amid concerns about overcrowding on the world’s highest peak after four deaths earlier this week. Multiple expeditions had set off late Thursday for the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) summit, taking advantage of a two-day weather window that was…

Eurozone strains intensify as ‘massive shock’ looms

Eurozone tensions have intensified after grim news on the economic outlook and as investors sought safety in Germany on growing doubts over Greece’s future in the currency union. Shortly after an EU summit failed to produce a remedy, a May survey of eurozone business confidence on Thursday showed the sharpest…

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