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4 hurt in Disneyland Paris steam train accident

MEAUX, France (AFP) – Four people have been treated for minor injuries after a wagon broke off from a steam engine ride at Disneyland Paris, the theme park and police said on Thursday. The four, including a pregnant woman and a 13-year-old girl, were taken to hospital after the accident…

World Bank investor backs luxury hotels over poverty-reduction programs

By Cheryl Strauss Einhorn, Special to ProPublica This story was co-published with Foreign Policy. Accra is a city of choking red dust where almost no rain falls for three months at a time and clothes hung out on a line dry in 15 minutes. So the new five-star Mövenpick hotel…

Supreme Court: Drug trials in India ‘causing havoc to human life’

India’s Supreme Court said on Thursday that unregulated clinical trials of new drugs were causing “havoc” in the country as it ordered the health ministry to monitor any new applications for tests. The comments were made during a hearing on a petition detailing deaths and health problems caused by clinical…

Nation’s first female rapper Soosan Feroz says ‘If rap singing is a way to tell your miseries, Afghans have a lot to say’

Sporting a long leather coat and western jeans under a headscarf, Soosan Feroz looks like many modern women in Kabul. But she is a surprising new phenomenon in this conservative country – the nation’s first female rapper. Her lyrics though are not unfamiliar for many of her fellow countrywomen –…

Natural catastrophes caused $160 billion in damages in 2012

Natural catastrophes including US hurricane Sandy caused $160 billion (122 billion euros’) worth of damage in 2012, the world’s leading reinsurer, Munich Re, estimated on Thursday. “Last year, natural catastrophes caused $160 billion in overall losses and $65 billion in insured losses worldwide,” Munich Re said in a statement. About…

Activists express outrage over Hong Kong’s ‘shark fin rooftop’

Hong Kong conservationists expressed outrage on Thursday after images of a factory rooftop covered in thousands of freshly sliced shark fins emerged, as they called for curbs on the “barbaric” trade. The southern Chinese city is one of the world’s biggest markets for shark fins, which are used to make…

India debates naming new law after gang-rape victim

A call to name a new law targeting sexual violence in India after an anonymous woman who died last weekend following a gang rape has provoked a fierce debate in the country, where new details of the violent assault continue to provoke shock and outrage. The suggestion that the 23-year-old…

Iran claims to shoot down U.S. spy drone

Iran on Wednesday said it had shot down two US-made RQ-11 reconnaissance drones in the past 15 months, adding to a ScanEagle drone and RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft it already claims to have captured. “The army’s air defence shot down two… RQ-11 drones,” Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari told state television…

U.S. urges renewed Mideast peace effort in 2013

he United States Wednesday urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to resume direct talks in 2013 and move toward peace. “As we turn the calendar to 2013… now is the time for leaders on both sides to display real leadership, to focus on the work that’s necessary to return to direct…

Survey: Over three-quarters of professional soccer players say depression is a problem

Over three-quarters of professional footballers in England and Scotland believe depression is a problem in the sport, according to a survey published in British magazine FourFourTwo on Wednesday. The survey of 100 players, undertaken just over a year after the apparent suicide of Wales manager Gary Speed, who suffered from…

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