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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…

Violence blights pope’s Easter peace appeal

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI appealed for peace in the world’s troublespots in his Easter Sunday message but one of the holiest days for Christians was marred by fresh violence in Nigeria and Syria. At least 20 people were killed in northern Nigeria in a car bombing outside a…

Easter bomb attack near Nigeria church kills at least 20

KADUNA, Nigeria — A car bomb blast outside a church in northern Nigeria on Easter Sunday killed at least 20 people and put the country on alert over fears of further attacks, rescue officials and residents said. The explosion, a stark reminder of Christmas Day attacks that left dozens of…

Israel warns negotiators to be tough with Iran

JERUSALEM — Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Sunday warned the six-power group negotiating with Iran to set stringent limits on its nuclear enrichment at forthcoming talks. “If the P5+1 will set a much lower threshold, like just stop reaching 20 percent it means that basically the Iranians at a…

Late drama as Egypt’s closes registration for presidency

CAIRO — Registration for candidacy in Egypt’s first post-uprising presidential election closed on Sunday, amid last-minute twists and turns that have shaken the political race. Around 20 people have registered so far, each hoping to lead the Arab world’s most populous nation through a fragile transition following an uprising that…

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