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Judge scraps Brazil’s Amazon dam hearing after fishermen and indigenous people failed to vacate the site

A federal judge has suspended a planned hearing for fishermen and indigenous people occupying a disputed dam in Brazil’s Amazon after they failed to vacate the site, developers said. Federal Judge Marcelo Honorato had summoned for a hearing on Monday representatives of both the Norte Energia consortium in charge of…

Man dies competing in Hong Kong triathlon

A 27-year-old British man died while competing in a triathlon in Hong Kong at the weekend, police said Monday. Daniel Bagshaw, a trainee solicitor, collapsed near the finish line of the ITU Triathlon Asian Cup near Hong Kong Disneyland on Sunday, having already completed the swimming and cycling stages of…

‘Soft’ drugs should be decriminalized: UK Drug Policy Commission

MPs must acknowledge that not all drug use is problematic and should consider decriminalising possession of small amounts of controlled substances, a report by independent experts urged Monday. The six-year study by the UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC), an independent advisory body made up of leading scientists, police officers and…

‘Peeping Tom’ on Japan flight avoids charges: reports

A “peeping Tom” who used a pen-shaped camera to take an upskirt shot of a cabin attendant during a domestic flight in Japan has avoided charges after prosecutors failed to decide which prefecture the plane was flying over at the time, reports said. The 34-year-old man extended his hand with…

Occupy protesters chain themselves to London cathedral

Cathedral authorities accused of colluding with big banks during evensong protest on eve of anniversary of start of Occupy camp The traditional solemnity of St Paul’s Sunday evensong was disrupted when four members of the Occupy London movement, which camped outside the cathedral for four months, chained themselves to the…

Lance Armstrong ‘may take lie test’ as new claims emerge

PARIS — Disgraced cycling icon Lance Armstrong might be prepared to take a lie detector test, his lawyer has suggested, as further damning evidence emerges of the intimidation and threats he used to cover up his alleged drug taking. While Armstrong has refused to respond to the litany of charges…

Kafka works to be given to Israel state library

JERUSALEM — An Israeli court has ruled the literary estate of Max Brod, including the writings of his friend Franz Kafka, will be transferred to Israel’s national library, after more than four decades in private hands. In a Tel Aviv family court ruling seen published on Sunday, justice Talia Kopelman-Pardo…

Jailed Bahrain medics ‘go on hunger strike’

DUBAI — Five medics jailed in connection with last year’s anti-regime protests in Bahrain went on hunger strike on Sunday, urging international rights groups to campaign for their release, lawyers said. The Shiite medics, who have been in prison since October 1 after the Gulf kingdom’s highest court upheld their…

‘Violations’ mar Russian elections

MOSCOW — Russians on Sunday voted to elect governors and mayors in the first such polls since President Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin as observers complained of numerous violations. Voters went to the polls to elect different layers of local and regional government in almost all the country’s regions,…

Gaza Salafist leader among three dead in Israel air strikes

A top Salafist leader and two other militants were killed in overnight air strikes on Gaza, as Israel vowed on Sunday to “act aggressively” against jihadists. In the first of two deadly strikes, which took place in the northern town of Jabaliya late on Saturday, the Israeli air force killed…

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