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Anti-austerity protesters urge Spain government to resign in Madrid rally

Thousands of anti-austerity demonstrators marched in the Spanish capital Saturday calling for the conservative government to resign because of its severe budget cuts. “They don’t represent us”, “More education fewer police”, demonstrators shouted as dozens of police vehicles followed the march to near the parliament building which was cordoned off.…

In world first, biggest refugee camp gets university

In world first, biggest refugee camp gets university Refugees in the world’s largest refugee camp will soon be able to go for higher education at the world’s first university being set up near a camp for its inhabitants. The campus is being set up by Kenya’s Kenyatta University (KU) near the…

Former cricket captain turned politician Imran Khan detained and ‘interrogated over drone views’ by U.S. immigration

Former cricket captain turned politician detained on flight from Canada to New York to be questioned over his views on jihad Imran Khan, the former Pakistan cricket captain turned politician, was taken off an international flight from Canada to New York and questioned by US immigration officials over his views…

‘Big Bang’: Right-wing Netanyahu-Lieberman pact polarizes Israeli politics

The rightwing alliance between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his foreign minister has polarised political forces in Israel ahead of next January’s parliamentary election. Netanyahu and Avigdor Lieberman’s surprise announcement late on Thursday that their respective Likud and Yisrael Beitenu parties would run on a joint ticket was dubbed…

Acclaimed experimental chef hails tampons as palate-cleansers

Experimental chef Heston Blumenthal has adopted an unorthodox method for cleansing his palate, he revealed on Saturday — sucking on tampons. Blumenthal, famed for serving up dishes such as snail porridge and worm pizza, told the Guardian that the high absorbency of tampons makes them perfect for soaking up juices…

Hitachi to buy British nuclear power venture for $628 million

Japanese engineering giant Hitachi is set to buy Horizon, a joint venture planning to build nuclear reactors in Britain, in a deal valued at 50 billion yen ($628 million), reports said Saturday. The Japanese firm has nearly finalised an agreement with the firm’s German owners, RWE and E.ON, the Asahi…

Fish and vegetables grow without soil on Gaza rooftops

Abu Ahmed looks out over a sea of grey, empty Gaza rooftops, and smiles as he looks back at the lush greenery sprouting in tubs and pipes on top of his apartment building. He is part of a United Nations agency project to introduce cutting-edge urban agriculture to Gaza City,…

Switzerland freezes more assets of Syrians with connections to Assad

Switzerland on Friday adopted new sanctions against Syria, falling into line with decisions taken by the European Union, a statement from the economy ministry in Bern said. It also took action against two men suspected of links with Al-Qaeda and the taliban. Switzerland, which is not part of the EU,…

Gay Jamaican beaten by police sues home country

Gareth Henry hit the international headlines in his native Jamaica four years ago when he was beaten by policemen in front of a mob of 200 people who cornered him in a Kingston pharmacy. A year later, in 2008, the head of the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All Sexuals and…

Star butchers in France aim to sex-up image

They call themselves the best in the world. But France’s butchers are only now stepping out of the shadows, with stars of the trade showing off their skills on television shows, in books or at celebrity cook-outs. Suppliers to three-star restaurants, artists or the president’s table, a handful of butchers…

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