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Indonesian women don miniskirts in rape protest

JAKARTA — About 50 women in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, donned miniskirts to protest remarks by the Jakarta city governor who blamed a recent gang rape on the victim’s choice of clothing. Fauzi Bowo called on women Friday not to wear miniskirts when riding on public transport…

Strauss-Kahn in primetime bid to escape trial shame

PARIS — Four months after he was paraded hand-cuffed by New York police, former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn was Sunday to try to put two attempted rape accusations behind him in a television interview. Since returning home, the former presidential frontrunner has been under pressure to explain himself, and chose…

Egypt’s ex-tourism minister gets 3-year jail term

CAIRO — A Cairo court sentenced former tourism minister Zuheir Garana on Sunday to three years in prison for illegally issuing operating licences to tourism companies, the state news agency MENA reported. Garana had been previously convicted in May on different corruption charges to five years in prison. He is…

Monster crocodile gets own park in Philippines

BUNAWAN, Philippines — A monster crocodile which is reputedly the world’s largest is the star attraction at its own nature park which opened in the Philippines this weekend, weeks after the beast’s capture. People are already paying 20 pesos (46 cents) to enter the compound in the town of Bunawan…

‘Violent protests’ over China pollution

BEIJING — Hundreds of Chinese have mounted violent protests against a solar panel factory in eastern China over three days, accusing it of cancer-causing pollution, state media reported Sunday Around 500 protesters gathered in Haining city, Zhejiang province, on Thursday, demanding an explanations for the death of large numbers of…

Germany’s Siemens renounces nuclear activity

BERLIN — German industrial giant Siemens is turning the page on nuclear energy, the group’s CEO Peter Loescher told the Der Spiegel weekly in an interview published on Sunday. “We will no longer be involved in overall managing of building or financing nuclear plants. This chapter is closed for us,”…

U.S. hikers’ release in Iran delayed

TEHRAN — The lawyer of two American hikers convicted of spying in Iran told AFP on Sunday their release on bail has been delayed since a judge whose signature is needed is on leave. “I went to the court asking them what is the latest and they told me that…

Russian billionaire Lebedev punches debate rival

MOSCOW — Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev, owner of two leading British newspapers, punched a man in the face during a television debate on the financial crisis to be aired on Sunday. A clip posted on the NTV television channel’s website shows Lebedev, a former KGB agent who has made a…

U.S.-Pakistan military leaders meet to salvage relations

The top US and Pakistani military leaders met in Spain to discuss ways to shore up strained ties after a US raid that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, according to a Pentagon spokesman. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen and his Pakistani counterpart General Ashfaq Kayani sat down…

Orangutans allowed to smoke at Indonesian zoos

An activist said Saturday that orangutans in many of Indonesia’s zoos were allowed to smoke as visitors could freely toss cigarettes to them without proper monitoring. “Cigarettes are bad for orangutans’ health. We demand the zoos closely monitor the orangutans,” Centre for Orangutan Protection campaigner Hardi Baktiantoro told AFP. “Orangutans…

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