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Assange request for appeal granted, set for Feb 1

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was Friday granted permission to appeal against extradition from Britain to Sweden over rape allegations and a hearing will start on February 1. “The Supreme Court has granted permission to appeal and a hearing has been scheduled for two days, beginning on 1 February 2012,” said…

Indian student named world’s shortest living woman

An Indian student measuring just 62.8 centimetres (less than two foot, one inch) was on Friday confirmed as the world’s shortest living woman, Guinness World Records said on Friday. Jyoti Amge took the title as she celebrated her 18th birthday with family and friends in the city of Nagpur, some…

Right-wing legislation stirs democracy debate in Israel

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Legislation promoted by right-wing lawmakers in Israel is raising concern that democratic values are under threat in a country that has long billed itself the only democracy in the Middle East. One bill could potentially paralyze dovish Israeli advocacy groups by imposing sharp limits on funding they…

Death toll from India toxic liquor rises to 170

The death toll from a mass poisoning in eastern India caused by toxic home-brewed alcohol climbed to 170 Friday, as police made more arrests and destroyed dozens of illegal distilleries. “We now have 170 confirmed dead,” Shyamapada Basak, health services director of West Bengal state told AFP. He added that…

China sends campaigning rights lawyer back to jail

BEIJING (Reuters) – China has sent human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng back to jail, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday, ending his probation in what was the first official account of his whereabouts in the last year. Gao, however, appears never to have escaped secretive confinement in the first…

Russia says seized radioactive material en route to Iran

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian customs service said on Friday it had seized radioactive material found in the luggage of a passenger bound for Tehran at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo international airport. The service said in a statement that tests showed the material was a radioactive isotope which could be obtained only…

Thai ‘ladyboy’ flight attendants take to the skies

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai transsexual ladyboys are taking to the air as flight attendants for a new airline, a move that some said could be a key step towards still broader acceptance in a nation where they are already unusually visible. Known as “katoeys” or “ladyboys,” transgenders and transsexuals hold…

Army says coup memo attempt to hurt Pakistan: reports

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s army chief has said a memo accusing the military of plotting a coup, which could damage the unpopular president and led to the resignation of Islamabad’s ambassador to Washington, was an attempt to hurt national security, newspapers said. General Ashfaq Kayani, arguably the most powerful man…

Pakistan insists air strikes were deliberate

WASHINGTON — Pakistan stood firm Thursday in charging that US-led forces deliberately carried out air strikes that killed 24 soldiers and led Islamabad to shut critical NATO supply routes to Afghanistan. Pakistan’s embassy in Washington invited reporters to a briefing at which officials showed images and maps that they said…

Bloody, costly Iraq war finally ends with lowering of U.S. flag

As President Barack Obama promised, the war in Iraq has finally come to an end. Standing in front of hundreds of soldiers on Thursday morning, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called a formal close to the conflict that’s lasted 8 years, 9 months, at a cost of more than $1…

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