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Rwanda jails opposition leader for ‘denying genocide’

Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire was jailed for eight years Tuesday after a court found her guilty of terror charges and denying the genocide. “She has been sentenced to eight years for all the crimes that she was found guilty of,” judge Alice Rulisa told the court, adding however that…

Georgian teacher converts airplane into kindergarten classroom

A headteacher in the Georgian city of Rustavi has found an unusual way to get children’s early education off the ground — by transforming an aeroplane into a kindergarten. Gari Chapidze bought the old but fully functional Yakovlev Yak-42 from Georgian Airways and refurbished its interior with educational equipment, games…

Bank of England official: Occupy movement was right about global recession

The Occupy Movement has found an unlikely ally in a senior Bank of England official, Andrew Haldane, who has praised protesters for their role in triggering an overhaul of the financial services sector. Haldane, who oversees the City for the central bank, said Occupy acted as a lever on policymakers…

Census: Black South African household incomes surge but lag behind whites

Incomes of black South African households have surged 169 percent in a decade, but whites still take home six times more money 18 years into all-race democracy, a national census showed Tuesday. The country’s third democratic survey Census 2011 highlighted apartheid-era inequalities despite blacks making up nearly 80 percent of…

Explosive traces ‘found on crashed Polish presidential jet’

Traces of explosives have been discovered on the wreck of the Polish presidential jet which crashed in Russia in 2010, killing then president Lech Kaczynski and 95 other people, a newspaper reported Tuesday. “Tests have confirmed the presence of TNT and nitroglycerine on 30 seats. The substances were also found…

Russia ‘returns to Stalin-era show trials’: Memorial

Russia’s leaders are using Stalin-era tactics against the opposition including show trials and camp sentences, one of its most authoritative rights groups warned Tuesday. Memorial rights group slammed the treatment of activists after two members of the Pussy Riot feminist rock group were sent to prison camps for a protest…

Saudis to build major Islamic center in Afghanistan

Saudi Arabia will build a massive Islamic centre complete with a university and a mosque in Afghanistan, an Afghan minister said Monday, describing the project as “grand and unique”. Estimated to cost up to $100 million, the centre on a hilltop in central Kabul will house up to 5,000 students,…

Zookeepers hunt fugitive flamingo in Japan

Zookeepers in northern Japan are racing against nature to catch a fugitive flamingo before it freezes or migrates south for the winter. Bird experts have tried to net the escapee on the lake it has made home using captive flamingos as bait, and have even donned diving gear to sneak…

‘Satanic’ Halloween rituals alarm Polish Catholic church

Poland’s powerful Roman Catholic church has raised the alarm about the growing influence of what it brands satanic rituals during Halloween. “Halloween promotes the occult and magic,” the church said in a statement on its website ahead of the October 31 festival. “Under the guise of having fun, children, youngsters…

Canada sends electricians to U.S. to help in Sandy aftermath

OTTAWA — A Canadian utility company sent electricians to the neighboring US state of Vermont to help restore power after powerful storm Sandy whips through, Hydro-Quebec said Monday. Dozens of flights between eastern Canada and the United States were also canceled as weather forecasters told Canadians in Ontario, Quebec and…

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