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Cuba’s Fidel Castro in ‘good health,’ son says

Former Cuban president Fidel Castro is in good health, according to one of his sons in remarks cited Friday by local media. Castro, 86, is “going about his daily activities. He exercises, reads and stays in shape,” son Alex Castro Soto del Valle said in Guantanamo, as he presented a…

Asia’s first gay sports tournament begins in Nepal

Hundreds of athletes Friday took part in Asia’s first-ever sports tournament for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, organisers said. The three-day event at the national football stadium and other venues around Kathmandu kicked off with a football match between local teams. The tournament features basketball,…

Canadian teen in viral anti-bullying video commits suicide

A Canadian teen who filmed a viral anti-bullying video about how she was cyber-stalked by an unknown person who’d obtained a topless photo of her was found dead in her home on Wednesday in an apparent suicide. Amanda Todd’s video, published September 7, features a heartbreaking description of vicious bullying…

First abortion clinic to open in Ireland next week

Northern Ireland’s first abortion clinic to open (via AFP) The first abortion clinic in Northern Ireland will open next week amid fears it will attract protests along the lines of violent opposition to similar facilities in some US states. The privately-run clinic in Belfast will be run by the Marie…

Danish website holding ‘smallest penis’ contest

In Denmark, one of the smallest countries in the world, size clearly matters: a website has invited men to send in photos of their private parts and the man with the smallest penis wins an iPhone. The erotica site, Singlesex.dk owned by Morten Fabricius, 45, recently held a competition for…

Pizza deliverer killed in Mexico for being 40 minutes late

A furious client killed a pizza delivery man in Mexico for being 40 minutes late, authorities said Thursday. The victim’s body, eyes blindfolded and hands bound, was found Monday in the town of Tetla, some 140 kilometers (90 miles) east of Mexico City, said the public prosecutor’s office in Tlaxcala…

Euroskeptics condemn EU Nobel peace prize

Eurosceptics reacted with dismay on Friday after the European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize, saying the award would be brought into disrepute. European Parliament member Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, said the 27-nation bloc was creating “violence and division” in eurozone nations like Spain and…

China’s Nobel in literature winner defends prize from dissidents calling him a ‘communist stooge’ — and Mao

Chinese author Mo Yan on Friday defended his Nobel prize from dissidents who accused him of being a communist stooge, and expressed hope for the early release of jailed fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo. Speaking after his Nobel literature prize sparked an outpouring of praise from the government, and sharp condemnation…

Botswana court gives women inheritance rights

AFP - In a landmark ruling Botswana’s High Court on Friday gave women inheritance rights for the first time, up-ending a male-dominated system that had prevailed in the thriving African nation. Announcing the ruling, Justice Key Dingake said, “It seems to me that the time has now arisen for the justices…

Pakistan child activist facing ‘critical’ 24-36 hours

AFP - The next 36 to 48 hours will be critical for a Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, the military said Friday, calling on the nation to pray for her recovery. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai who campaigned for the right to an education has been…

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