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Lady Gaga pledges to donate peace prize to AIDS charity

Lady Gaga said on Tuesday she would donate a peace prize given to her by artist and activist Yoko Ono to Elton John’s AIDS charity. “I will be donating this grant to the Elton John AIDS Foundation and I will be working closely with them to ensure that the money…

Che Guevara’s diary published online by researcher

A copy of the handwritten diary that Che Guevara, the Argentine-born Cuban revolution hero, kept before his death in the mountains of Bolivia is now available online, a researcher said Monday. “The goal is for a historical document to be within everyone’s reach. And the Internet makes it possible for…

World’s largest book fair to spotlight children’s literature

The world’s biggest book fair was due to open later Tuesday with the spotlight on children’s literature, traditionally an “under-recognised” sector but now seen as a driving force in publishing. More than 7,000 exhibitors are expected at the five-day Frankfurt Book Fair from Wednesday. “Childrens’ books have been doing very…

Pakistan launches anti-pneumonia drive

Pakistan on Tuesday launched a drive to vaccinate 5.5 million children against pneumococcal disease to fight pneumonia, which kills tens of thousands of youngsters in the country every year. Pakistan is the first country in South Asia to launch a campaign against the disease, according to UN children’s agency UNICEF,…

Singapore bans satirical local film because it was offensive to ethnic minority

Singapore has banned a satirical local movie three days before its theatrical release because it was deemed offensive to the island’s ethnic Indian minority, a media watchdog confirmed Tuesday. “Sex.Violence.FamilyValues” had originally been rated suitable for viewers aged 18 and above, but a review panel concluded that one of the…

Mexican authorities lose slain cartel leader’s body

Mexican officials simultaneously confirmed Tuesday morning that they had killed the leader of one of the country’s most notorious drug cartels and that the body had been stolen. According to TV Azteca, authorities in the state of Coahuila said fingerprint records prove one of the two men killed in a…

Australian PM’s epic speech calls out opposition leader for ‘misogyny and sexism’

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard fearlessly scolded Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on Tuesday as he sat just six feet away over his record of “misogynistic and sexist” attacks on her. Though Abbott pushed to have House Speaker Peter Slipper resign…

‘Brain-eating’ amoeba kills 10 in Pakistan

Authorities in Pakistan’s largest city have launched an urgent investigation after a rare water-borne “brain-eating” amoeba killed 10 people in four months, officials said Tuesday. The water company and health officials monitoring water in Karachi, home to 18 million people, have been ordered to trace the source of the Naegleria…

British man gets community service for posting soldiers should ‘go to hell’ on Facebook

Azhar Ahmed must do 240 hours of community service after writing on Facebook: ‘All soldiers should die and go to hell’ A man who posted a Facebook message following the deaths of six British soldiers which said: “All soldiers should die and go to hell” has been sentenced to a…

Arrested Greek anti-fascist protesters claim ‘Abu Ghraib-style’ humiliation

Fifteen people arrested in Athens says they were subjected to what their lawyer describes as an Abu Ghraib-style humiliation Fifteen anti-fascist protesters arrested in Athens during a clash with supporters of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn have said they were tortured in the Attica General Police Directorate (GADA) – the…

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