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Prominent Tunisian blogger arrested for drinking alcohol in public during Ramadan

Tunisian blogger Sofiane Shurabi, a scathing critic of deposed president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, was arrested on Sunday for drinking alcohol in public during Ramadan with two friends, police and a lawyer said. Lawyer Anis Ezzine told AFP that Shurabi and a journalist friend were arrested on the beach…

Rioting Zambian coal miners at Chinese-owned mine kill Chinese manager

Zambian coal miners killed a Chinese mine manager and injured his colleague in a riot over wages at a mine known for tensions with the Chinese investor in southern Zambia, state media reported. “Wu Shengzai, aged 50, has been killed by protesting workers after being hit by a trolley which…

Mali Islamist rebels alleged to recruit children as soldiers, sex slaves

BAMAKO — Hundreds of children have been forced into the ranks of armed groups in northern Mali, some serving as soldiers and others used as sex slaves, rights campaigners told reporters Sunday. “We have several hundred children aged between nine and 17 years old within the ranks of the armed…

Father of Saudi female Olympic athlete vows to act against insults

RIYADH — The father of the first ever Saudi female to compete at the Olympic Games has vowed to sue those who insulted his daughter for challenging strict traditions that prevented women from participating. The father of Wojdan Shaherkani, who stole the limelight at the London Olympics despite lasting only…

Vietnam’s first gay pride parade helps unite the LGBT community

The first gay pride parade in communist Vietnam took place in the capital Hanoi on Sunday with dozens of cyclists displaying balloons and rainbow flags streaming through the city’s streets. Organised by the city’s small but growing Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, the event went ahead peacefully with…

Afghan museum regains looted treasures

Hundreds of archaeological treasures looted from Afghanistan were returned to the war-torn country’s National Museum on Sunday after being recovered with the help of the British Museum. Many of the 843 artefacts were seized as they were being smuggled into Britain after some 70 percent of the museum’s contents were…

No regrets for India’s first Playboy ‘Playmate’

The first Indian woman to pose naked for Playboy magazine says she is proud to have “pushed the envelope” in a country where public nudity in any form remains largely taboo. Minor Bollywood actress Sherlyn Chopra, 28, will feature in a nude spread in the November issue of the magazine,…

Ecuador court orders Chevron to pay $19 billion

An Ecuadoran court has ordered US oil firm Chevron to pay some $19 billion — a billion dollars more than an original order — by Monday for environmental damage. Attorney Juan Pablo Saenz said the plaintiffs could organize embargoes if Chevron does not comply with the order from a court…

30 dead in separate suicide attack, drone strike in Yemen

A suicide attack at a town in south Yemen recently recaptured by the army from Al-Qaeda forces killed 20 people Saturday and wounded another 20, the governor of the province said. In a separate incident in the east of the country meanwhile, a suspected US drone strike killed five Al-Qaeda members late Saturday, a…

Gunman kill 2, capture 4 others in attack on oil barge in Nigeria

Gunmen attacked a barge belonging to an oil services company off the coast of Nigeria on Saturday, killing two Nigerian sailors and kidnapping four foreigners, navy officials said. The suspected sea pirates stormed the vessel in the Gulf of Guinea, an area that has seen a sharp spike in the number…

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