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UK schools working to educate students about forced child marriages

When pupils are at imminent risk of forced marriage, schools sometimes have to take desperate measures. For Liz Coffey, principal of Landau Forte college in Derby, helping children to escape the fate decreed by their families has meant anything from “literally bundling them into a car and away” to stretching…

First Arab sumo wrestler chases glory in Japan

With legs resembling tree trunks and packing the body weight of two average-sized men, sumo wrestling’s “Great Sandstorm” would seem a good fit for the wildly popular Japanese sport. But Egypt’s Abdelrahman Ahmed Shaalan, the first professional sumo wrestler from both the African continent and Arab world, faces some mighty challenges as he embarks…

Iran urges ‘honesty’ in crucial nuclear talks

Iran on Monday urged “honesty” at crucial talks with world powers due to be held this week in order to defuse a tense international showdown over its disputed nuclear activities. “We hope the P5+1 will come to the negotiating table with honesty, and we also will make an honest effort so that…

Northern Ireland pinning hopes on Titanic resurgence

A century after the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, Belfast is counting on a new visitor attraction about the iconic ship to put the city that built it back on the tourist map. The Northern Irish capital hopes the Titanic Belfast complex will entice holidaymakers to spend time — and, crucially, money —…

Mr Gay World pageant dazzles South Africa

One came from the Philippines with mechanical wings, another from Mexico in a rhinestoned Mayan headdress, and one from Finland simply wrapped in a sauna towel. But for the first time, the contestants in Mr Gay World came to Africa, a continent where most countries still maintain sodomy laws, sometimes…

Indian forest-dwellers take battle against mining conglomerate to supreme court

By Jason Burke The leaders of thousands of forest-dwelling tribesmen who have fought for years to preserve their ancestral lands from exploitation by an international mining corporation have promised to continue their struggle whatever the decision in a key hearing before India’s supreme court on Monday. Dubbed the “real life…

Protest swimmer sends historic UK boat race into confusion

By Danny Kemp Britain’s Olympic chief warned Sunday that security forces cannot rule out the threat of disruption to the London Games after a protester halted the historic Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. Australian activist Trenton Oldfield, 35, was charged with a public order offence after he caused a half-hour…

Trapped Peruvian miners could take days to rescue

By Reynaldo Munoz ICA, Peru — Oscar Valdes, cabinet chief to Peru’s President Ollanta Humala, said Sunday it could take two or three more days to rescue nine miners trapped since Thursday in a mine in southern Peru. Valdes, who was on site to monitor rescue operations, told journalists that…

‘Anonymous’ leaks emails hacked from Tunisia’s leaders

TUNIS — Activists claiming affiliation with the hacking group Anonymous published about 2,700 emails Sunday purportedly between Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali and other members of his government. A mask-wearing man in a video posted online said the publication had been prompted by recent events in Tunisia, notably the violent…

Documents show Britain initiated extraordinary rendition of Libyan woman

In 2004, Fatima Bouchar and her husband, Abdel Hakim Belhaj, were detained en route to the UK, and rendered to Libya. This is the story of their imprisonment, and the trail of evidence that reveals the involvement of the British government Just when Fatima Bouchar thought it couldn’t get any…

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