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British lesbian activist escapes after being held by her mother who wanted to ‘fix’ her sexuality

A British lesbian activist has flown home to safety after being held captive by her mother in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who wanted to “fix” her sexuality. Christina Fonthes, 27, visited her family in Kinshasa on 11 August, but they stole her passport in a bid to keep…

Bavarian bakers threaten strike during Oktoberfest, pretzel shortages loom

Bakers in Bavaria are threatening to go on strike during Germany’s famed Oktoberfest over a pay dispute, depriving beer festival-goers of their traditional salty pretzel accompaniment, a report said Sunday. “If we don’t get any further by mid-September, we’ll strike in the bakeries,” Focus news magazine quoted deputy regional president…

Libyan Islamist militiamen take possession of evacuated US embassy

Islamist militiamen have moved in to the American embassy compound in the Libyan capital after it was evacuated last month, an AFP photographer said on Sunday. Members of the Fajr Libya (Libya Dawn) group said they had gone in to secure the complex of several villas in southern Tripoli to…

Number of dead health workers climbs as Ebola epidemic continues to spread

Nigeria on Sunday confirmed a fresh case of Ebola in a doctor whose husband died from the virus, adding to a growing list of healthcare workers in West Africa hit by the epidemic. The woman’s husband was also a doctor and died in the city of Port Harcourt on August…

Iceland issues red alert after new eruption on island’s largest volcano

Iceland on Sunday raised the aviation alert at its largest volcano, Bardarbunga, to maximum level red following a new eruption in a lava field nearby. The alert entails a ban on all flights below 6,000 feet (1.8 kilometres) within a radius of 10 nautical miles (18.5 kilometres, 11.5 miles) of…

Protest at controversial dolphin hunt leads to arrest of animal rights activists

Fourteen animal rights activists have been detained on the Faroe island of Sandoy in the North Atlantic while trying to stop a controversial dolphin hunt, their organisation said Sunday. The activists were detained Saturday when attempting to save a pod of 33 pilot whales, members of the dolphin family, as…

300 people injured, 1 dead in Pakistan protests

Anti-government protesters forced their way into the grounds of Pakistan’s parliament on Saturday amid violent clashes that saw police fire teargas and rubber bullets at crowds demanding the prime minister’s resignation. A man died and more than 300 people were injured, according to local hospitals, during clashes that broke out…

China struggles with children ‘left behind’ by government’s one-child policy

Yes, it is just a simple stuffed toy. But put it into a child’s arms and watch as he pretends to feed it, talks to it, even crowns it as a monarch. First, it gives him security; then it allows him to role-play and develop social skills. Chinese authorities hope…

Parents of British brain tumor boy to go before Spanish judge

The arrested parents of a five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent and found in Spain will appear before a Spanish judge on Tuesday, police said. Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, will appear in a Madrid court following their arrest…

Ukrainian rebels prepare for renewed offensive as EU threatens Russia with sanctions

Pro-Russian separatists were preparing a fresh offensive on a key coastal location in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, as EU leaders gave Moscow one week to curb its support for the rebels or face new sanctions. A ragtag mix of volunteer battalions and local residents were bracing for a desperate defence…

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