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Former Argentine dictators sentenced to long jail terms in “stolen babies” case

Two former Argentine dictators were handed heavy prison sentences Thursday for their involvement in the kidnapping of babies from leftist activists killed during the 1976-1983 dictatorship. Jorge Videla, 86, was sentenced to 50 years in prison and Reynaldo Bignone, 84, was given a 15-year jail term, presiding judge Maria Roqueta said as she read the…

EU votes to end whaling in Greenland

Denmark on Thursday lost a bid to extend whaling by Greenland’sindigenous people beyond this year, with EU nations sharing concerns that tourists were being served a glut of whale meat. In a surprise at International Whaling Commission talks in Panama, all other European Union nations voted against fellow member Denmark after saying they failed to reach…

Hamburg moves forward with concert hall designed to rival Sydney Opera House

German city Hamburg ended a row Thursday with the firm building a concert hall intended to rival the Sydney Opera House, already years behind schedule and millions over budget. Under the deal between the local government and the construction company Hochtief announced in a joint statement, the Elbphilharmonie hall, which…

Google and Italy partner to put film heritage on YouTube

US Internet giant Google and Italy’s Istituto Luce-Cinecitta on Thursday announced a joint project to make much of the country’s silver screen heritage available on a YouTube channel. “This announcement represents an important step in our efforts to safeguard Italy’s rich culture and allow global public access to it,” said…

UN Human Rights Council backs Internet freedom

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva passed its first resolution on Internet freedom on Thursday with a call for all states to support individuals’ rights online as much as offline. Despite opposition on the issue from countries including China, Russia and India, countries promoting the resolution hailed the…

Irish president: World leaders backsliding on women’s rights

Women’s rights are under the greatest attack for almost 20 years after a failure of world leaders to continue to support reproductive rights, according to Mary Robinson, the first female president of Ireland. Her comments come amid fears that religious conservatives are eroding support for family planning around the world.…

Indian police are still using ‘truth serum’

It is the sort of scene that belongs in a film noir, not a 21st-century democracy: an uncooperative suspect being injected with a dose of “truth serum” in an attempt to elicit a confession. But some detectives in India still swear by so-called narcoanalysis despite India’s highest court ruling that…

Drunk professor forces students to sit through 23-hour science exam

A allegedly drunk professor forced students to sit through a 23-hour oral exam at Kazan University in central Russia. The professor, who students said “stank of alcohol” would leave the room to drink, then return to harangue the class from 10:00 a.m. on June 26 to 9:00 a.m. on June…

Police: 2,000-person Pakistani mob kills man for burning Koran

A 2,000-strong Pakistani mob snatched a mentally unstable man from a police station, beat him to death and torched his body after he allegedly burned pages from a Koran, police said Thursday. The mob ransacked the police station in a village on the outskirts of central Pakistan’s Bahawalpur city, some…

Hong Kong closes popular tourist attraction after deadly bird flu virus found in cages

Hong Kong on Thursday closed a popular tourist spot where hundreds of caged birds are on display after the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus was detected at one of the stalls. The agriculture, fisheries and conservation department said it was closing the Yuen Po Street bird market in the city’s…

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