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Poop and death at Australian art museum

Eccentric Australian gambler David Walsh is shaking up the sleepy city of Hobart with an unorthodox new museum challenging visitors to a new pact with fermenting, defecating and dying art. It is an unassuming site for what has fast become one of Australia’s most talked-about tourist attractions, a rusted, hulking…

Oscar ‘Blade Runner’ Pistorius arrested after killing girlfriend

South Africa’s Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius has been arrested after shooting dead his girlfriend having mistaken her for an intruder, media reported. According to the Beeld newspaper, Pistorius was arrested early Thursday following the shooting. Police could not immediately confirm the report. The athlete know as the “Blade Runner”…

Ravi Shankar’s daughter Anoushka says she was sexually abused as a child: ‘Enough is enough. I am rising.’

The daughter of legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar said on Thursday in a video released for a global women’s rights campaign that she had been sexually abused as a child by a family friend. Anoushka Shankar, herself a famed sitar player who used to play with her late father, said…

Israel confirms it held mystery ‘Prisoner X’ after Australian media identified the man as Mossad agent Ben Zygier

Israel has confirmed it jailed a foreigner in solitary confinement on security grounds who later committed suicide, as Australia admitted Thursday it knew one of its citizens had been secretly held. The man, identified by Australian media as Mossad agent Ben Zygier, known as “Prisoner X”, died in a secret…

Tibetan monk self-immolates at Chinese police station

A Tibetan man burnt himself to death in protest against Chinese rule, reports and Western rights groups said Thursday, bringing the total to have set themselves on fire to at least 101. US-based Radio Free Asia said the man, Lobsang Namgyal, who it described as a former monk from the…

Pope Benedict denounces religious hypocrisy in final mass

Pope Benedict XVI urged an end to “religious hypocrisy” and “rivalry” in the Catholic Church as he donned his papal mitre for the last time for an emotional mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday. The 85-year-old pope was hailed with a standing ovation and waves of applause from a…

Canadian federal police allegedly abused and raped native women

Human Rights Watch accused Canada’s federal police Wednesday of striking fear in the hearts of aboriginal women, offering up testimonies of alleged police threats, abuse and even rape. The fear of police expressed by 50 women and girls interviewed in the north of British Columbia province — the focus of…

Russia considers smoking ban

In a familiar scene of Russian daily life, Ivan Alexandrov smoked a cigarette outside a Moscow metro station as other commuters stepped out of the heavy doors and immediately lit up. But under a draft law already passed by parliament banning smoking in public places, from next year such scenes…

Swedish golfer stabs self with golf tee to extract dangerous spider venom

A quick-thinking Swedish golfer has told how she used a tee to extract venom from her leg after being bitten by a dangerous spider during a qualifying tournament in Australia. The Swedish Golf Federation reported on their website how 24-year-old Daniela Holmqvist saw a redback spider on her lower leg…

Unsold Valentine’s Day gifts rot in war-torn Damascus

Red roses, tulips, heart-shaped toys and teddy bears cram the stands of Rawda Flowers in an upscale district of Damascus, but with war raging few people have indulged in gifts for Valentine’s Day. “My business is almost dead. Most of my old clients, who once came to buy bouquets for…

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