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Australia elects world’s first intersex mayor

The country of Australia has made history, electing the world’s first openly intersex mayor. Tony Briffa was declared the winner of the Hobsons Bay mayoral race last weekend, overcoming a glitch on his website announcing his victory a day before the election. Briffa, who says that he is “not male…

Executives charged over deadly India hospital fire

Six senior executives were charged on Saturday with culpable homicide and violating safety rules over a hospital fire in Kolkata that killed at least 90 people. The six executives are from two companies that co-own the hospital where poisonous fumes spread from a blaze in the building’s basement. The charges,…

After Arab Spring, Israel should change too: Arab leader

This year’s Arab Spring uprisings should effect the whole region, including Israel, Amr Mussa, the former secretary general of the Arab League and a candidate for the Egyptian presidency, said Friday. “We are seeing a historic and serious change,” Mussa said at the World Policy Conference in Austria’s capital. “Israel…

Karzai will not seek third term: spokesman

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is not secretly planning to change the country’s constitution to seek a third term in power, according to his spokesman. Recent media reports, citing a document set out by Germany’s foreign intelligence service, said Karzai was seeking special dispensation to guide the country through uncertainty after…

Radioactive water leaked at second Japan plant

A Japanese nuclear plant leaked 1.8 tonnes of radioactive water from its cooling system, the government said, heightening safety worries as an atomic crisis continues at another plant. The leak, discovered Friday, caused no environmental impact as it was contained within an idled reactor at the Genkai nuclear plant in…

Three women receive Nobel Peace Prize

Liberia’s president, a fellow Liberian and a Yemeni activist received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo Saturday for showing how women facing war and oppression can shed the mantle of victimhood and lead the way to peace and democracy. “You represent one of the most important motive forces for change…

Russian vote protests spread across nation

Up to 50,000 people turned out in Moscow on Saturday for a protest against disputed polls that have sparked a rare national show of defiance against Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule. Hundreds of security trucks blocked off central squares while helicopters patrolled the skies as Moscow authorities deployed more than 50,000…

Drug war failed across Latin America in 2011

Drug trafficking violence claimed thousands of lives across Latin America in 2011 as drug use soared, illustrating the failure of regional anti-narcotics policies and reviving a legalization debate. “I did not ask for this war,” read a poster near a casino firebombed by the Zetas drug gang in the northern…

Calls for Britain to cut EU ties after veto drama

Britain’s dramatic use of its European Union veto after years of threats has fuelled calls at home for a complete withdrawal from the bloc, with London left more isolated than ever. Prime Minister David Cameron went further than even “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher ever did, leaving Britain alone in blocking…

Irony alert: U.S. calls on Russia to respect peaceful protests

WASHINGTON — The United States called Friday on both Russian authorities and protesters to remain peaceful as opponents of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin prepared major weekend demonstrations against his rule. Putin has angrily accused the United States of inciting the protests after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raised concerns about…

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