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‘Occupy London’ vacates building after brief stay

Anti-capitalist protesters of the ‘Occupy London’ movement have vacated a building in the city’s financial district less than a day after entering it, they said on Sunday. ‘Occupy London’ activists entered the abandoned nine-storey Roman House building — formerly used by finance companies — in the Barbican arts and conference…

Rushdie says Indian police invented death threat

British author Salman Rushdie on Sunday accused Indian police of making up an underworld plot to assassinate him that forced him to pull out of a literary festival this weekend. Rushdie withdrew from the event in Jaipur, the state capital of Rajasthan, after being warned by Indian officials that paid…

Thousands protest domestic violence at Guatemala volcano demonstration

About 12,000 Guatemalans on Saturday linked hands on a giant heart banner on the slopes of a volcano crater to draw attention to the scourge of domestic violence. New President Otto Perez, a rightwing general who took office last Saturday, arrived on the scene by helicopter and handed a Guatemalan…

Iraq falling back into ‘authoritarianism’: Human Rights Watch

Iraq is falling back into authoritarianism and headed towards becoming a police state, despite US claims that it has helped establish democracy in the country, Human Rights Watch said on Sunday. The criticism from the New York-based HRW comes less than a year after thousands of Iraqis took to the…

Bird flu claims second victim in China

A man in southwest China who contracted the bird flu virus died on Sunday, health authorities said, the second human death from the virulent disease in the Asian country in just under a month. Concerns about avian influenza have risen across southeast Asia after China in late December reported its…

Human Rights Watch urges support for Arab democracies

Human Rights Watch urged world powers to support the rights of Arab Spring protesters to build real democracies after they ousted long-time strongmen once backed by the West, in its annual report on Sunday. “Many democracies have allowed their ties with repressive allies to temper their support for human rights…

Activists hurl stink bombs at Japan whaling ship

Anti-whaling activists threw paint and foul smelling acid at a whaling ship in the Antarctic ocean Saturday in a fresh bid to halt the annual hunt, officials said. Two boats belonging to the US-based environmental group Sea Shepherd approached the Japanese whaling vessel Yushin Maru No. 2 (YS2) and launched 40 bottles containing paint and butyric…

‘Occupy London’ protesters take over new building

Anti-capitalist protesters said Saturday they have taken over a large building in the City of London financial district. ‘Occupy London’ activists entered the nine-storey Roman House building in the Barbican earlier this morning, the group announced. “Occupy London this morning publicly repossessed Roman House, an abandoned nine-storey office building in…

Egypt’s Islamists win parliamentary elections

Egypt’s Islamists led by the once-banned Muslim Brotherhood clinched two thirds of seats in parliament in historic polls after the ouster of strongman Hosni Mubarak, official results showed on Saturday. The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) won 235 seats in the new People’s Assembly, or 47.18 percent, electoral committee head…

AIDS killed 28,000 in China in 2011, study says

AIDS killed 28,000 people in China last year, and another 48,000 new infections from the HIV virus were discovered in the country, according to an official report on Saturday. In China 780,000 people live with the HIV virus, of which 154,000 developed AIDS, a report jointly produced by China’s Ministry…

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