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Swedish princess hands out ‘gay of the year’ award

STOCKHOLM — Swedish Crown Princess Victoria made headlines Tuesday after handing out the country’s “Gay of the Year” award to an author whose writings about the 1980s AIDS crisis has gripped the nation. “It’s a true delight for me to be here tonight. To feel your power, your happiness and…

Fed up with crime, Mexico vigilantes form tribunal

The suspect was hauled before a tense crowd in this mountain village of southwestern Mexico, and told he would be tried by a popular tribunal. His alleged crime: murder and dismemberment. He was among 47 men, two minors and four women detained by masked vigilante squads formed in early January…

Japan’s fashionistas defend famed photographer busted for selling books containing penis pictures

Japanese fashionistas leaped to the defence of Tokyo-based Singaporean photographer Leslie Kee after he was arrested for selling books containing pictures of male genitals. Kee, who has snapped megastars including Lady Gaga and Super Bowl sensation Beyonce, was arrested Monday on suspicion of obscenity after selling the books at his…

India gang-rape victim’s companion will testify in murder trial

The companion of an Indian medical student who died after being gang-raped on a bus in New Delhi was to begin giving evidence on Tuesday in the trial of five adults accused of her murder, his father said. The 28-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, arrived at the…

North Korea ‘may stage multiple nuclear tests’

South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak believes North Korea could detonate multiple devices when it goes ahead with a nuclear test expected in the coming weeks or even days. In an interview published Tuesday in the Chosun Ilbo daily, the outgoing president also acknowledged the huge challenge the international community faces…

North Korea video shows city resembling New York under missile attack

North Korea, poised to conduct a nuclear test any day now, has posted a video on YouTube depicting a US city resembling New York engulfed in flames after an apparent missile attack. The footage was uploaded Saturday by the North’s official website, Uriminzokkiri, which distributes news and propaganda from the…

Volgograd to vote on reverting back to Soviet-era name ‘Stalingrad’

It is a name synonymous with perhaps Moscow’s greatest military triumph, an internecine six-month standoff that killed well over 1 million people. But in 1961, Stalingrad was quickly renamed Volgograd as part of incipient efforts to remove the cult of Stalin from the Soviet Union. Locals, however, have long agitated…

Kashmir cleric calls all-girl rock group ‘un-Islamic’

Indian Kashmir’s most senior Muslim cleric has called for the plug to be pulled on an all-girl rock group, calling the band “un-Islamic” and accusing them of “indecent” behaviour. Pragaash (First Light) sprang to prominence last December when the high school trio, all of whom are Muslim, won an annual…

Study: Israeli and Palestinian textbooks offer one-sided view of conflict

Israelis and Palestinians rarely demonise each other in their schoolbooks but each side’s texts offer children a one-sided view of their conflict, says a joint study released on Monday. “Dehumanising and demonising characterisations of the other are rare in both Israeli and Palestinian books,” according to the study funded by…

Romanian cancer patients demand better access to treatment

Cancer patients in Romania on Monday called on the government to make the latest treatments for the disease affordable to end what they called an “inhumane situation”. The call by Romania’s federation of cancer patient associations came on World Cancer Day. “There is a huge discrepancy between the treatments available…

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