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Britain’s Supreme Court denies final Assange extradition appeal

Britain’s Supreme Court said on Thursday it has rejected an application by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden. “The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom has dismissed the application made by Ms Dinah Rose QC, counsel for Mr Julian Assange, seeking to reopen their…

Urban Greeks rent land from farmers to grow food during economic crisis

In his day job, Dimitris Koutsolioutsos crunches numbers for his uncle’s firm, which deals in jewellery and duty-free. In the early mornings and late evenings, he helps people become farmers. Not literally, but it does seem to be catching on. The idea behind www.gineagrotis.gr (the name means ‘Become a farmer’)…

China confirms forced abortion case after uproar

Chinese authorities confirmed Thursday that a woman was forced to abort seven months into her pregnancy, several days after her plight came to light when images of her baby’s corpse were posted online. Rights groups have blamed authorities in north China’s Shaanxi province for forcing Feng Jianmei to abort her…

Armstrong banned from Nice Ironman: organisers

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong will be denied entry to the Nice leg of the Ironman series due to an ongoing doping investigation into the American, the event organisers said Thursday. Armstrong, whose career has been dogged by unfounded allegations of doping, is the subject of fresh allegations…

Amnesty says Syria committing crimes against humanity

Syria is committing crimes against humanity as part of state policy to exact revenge against communities suspected of supporting rebels, Amnesty International said in a report. The London-based rights group called for an international response after claiming it had fresh evidence that victims, including children, had been dragged from their…

Shell scraps biofuels plan over Brazil native land

RIO DE JANEIRO — A Shell subsidiary that makes biodiesel in Brazil has dropped controversial plans to buy sugar cane grown on land taken from indigenous people, according to Survival International. The company, Raizen, was set up in 2010 by Shell and Brazil’s biofuels giant Cosan to make biofuel from…

Australia to create world’s largest marine parks

SYDNEY — Australia has announced plans to create the world’s largest network of marine parks to protect ocean life, with limits placed on fishing and oil and gas exploration off the coast. The new reserves would cover 3.1 million square kilometres (1.9 million square miles), or more than one-third of…

U.S. drone ‘kills three militants’ in Pakistan

MIRANSHAH, Pakistan — A US drone attack killed at least three militants early Thursday in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region, known as a hotbed of Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants, security officials said. The drone fired two missiles on a building in the central market of Miranshah, the main town in North…

UN environment summit opens, but prospects grim

RIO DE JANEIRO — Twenty years after the first Earth Summit, a renewed bid to rally the world behind a common environmental blueprint opened Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro against a backdrop of discord and economic gloom. Kicking off the so-called Rio+20 summit, Dilma Rousseff, president of host nation Brazil,…

Lance Armstrong attacks USADA over doping charge

WASHINGTON — Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong lashed out at the US Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday, saying they want to brand him a drugs cheat based on “discredited” allegations. “I have been notified that USADA, an organization largely funded by taxpayer dollars but governed only by self-written rules,…

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