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Spain to persist in ‘suicidal’ austerity policies despite 25% unemployment rate

Figures released by the Spanish government on Friday show that country with an unemployment rate of 24.4%, the highest in Europe, and a rate of over 50% among 16-24 year olds. But despite the bad economic news, that country’s leadership appears determined to stick with the austerity program it has…

Quebec premier extends compromise after tuition hike protests

Quebec Premier Jean Charest on Friday offered to stretch out a planned tuition hike over seven years instead of five in a bid to end an 11-week student protest that has included violent clashes. The proposals would see students pay $255 extra per year instead of the $325 under his…

Microsoft accused of trying to secretly influence ‘independent’ government expert

Microsoft is accused of trying to exert clandestine influence on a UK government consultation which could slash the software giant’s £700m income from the UK’s public sector. The Cabinet Office has thrown out one “independent” expert who had been helping organise a public discussion on how to introduce free software…

Hungarian home birth activist sent to jail

When the police ring Dr Agnes Géreb’s doorbell, late on a Thursday night, she quickly hunches forward on her sofa in an instinctive gesture of self-protection. Then, with infinite tiredness, she shuffles to the front door. A police officer impatiently demands her signature and disappears into the darkness. Saturday will…

Kenyan activists criticize more than $500 million in unspent HIV funds

Scores of Kenyans living with HIV sang and chanted outside a hotel in central Nairobi on Wednesday, demanding that $500m of unspent funds from the US government’s Aids programme be freed to provide life-saving antiretroviral treatment in Kenya. The protesters’ shouts were meant to reach the ears of US officials,…

Judge approves Dutch ‘weed pass’ ban on drug tourism

Amsterdam, famous for its coffee shops where marijuana and magic mushrooms are dispensed to just about anyone who can pay for it, is about to harsh the buzz of tourists everywhere. A judge ruled this week that the nation’s “weed pass” law, which would restrict drug-buying to Dutch citizens only,…

KFC ordered to pay $8.3 million to Australian girl

Fast food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken was Friday ordered to pay Aus$8 million (US$8.3 million) to an Australian girl who suffered severe brain damage and was paralysed after eating a chicken wrap. Monika Samaan was seven when she suffered salmonella encephalopathy — a brain injury linked to food poisoning that also left her with a blood infection and…

Police kill hostage-taker at S.African hospital

Police snipers shot dead a 30-year-old man who had taken two women hostage inside a Durban hospital Friday, ending a nearly five-hour standoff, a spokesman said. “The suspect was shot by police snipers in the head. He has succumbed to his wounds,” police spokesman Jay Naicker told reporters outside Westville Hospital. Police believe the man…

Wills and Kate celebrate 1 year, fans await baby news

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine will this weekend mark a triumphant first year of marriage as a hopeful nation waits for news they are expecting a royal heir. The couple have lost none of their popularity in Britain and abroad 12 months after their fairytale wedding drew cheering crowds and two billion…

Bin Laden family deported from Pakistan

Osama bin Laden’s family were deported from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia Friday, officials said, nearly a year after the Al-Qaeda leader was killed in a US raid. The 9/11 mastermind’s three widows and their children were detained by Pakistan after the Saudi was killed on May 2 last year in a secret US Navy…

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