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Bullet removed from the brain of 14-year-old activist shot by Taliban in Pakistan

Relatives say 14-year-old Pakistani peace activist appears to be doing well after three-hour operation Pakistani surgeons have removed a bullet from the head of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old schoolgirl and peace activist who was shot by a Taliban gunman on Tuesday. Relatives of the girl, who rose to fame for…

Russia frees one Pussy Riot member, keeps two in jail

A Russian appeals court Wednesday ordered the release of one member of punk band Pussy Riot after turning her two-year prison sentence into a suspended term but kept two others in jail with unchanged verdicts. The judge at the Moscow city court ordered the release of Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, after…

Blonde beauty queen swaps curlers for corners

In 2008, Tihana Nemcic was a finalist in Croatia’s Miss Sport beauty competition. Four years on, she’s breaking new ground as the first female coach of a Croatian men’s football league side. The bubbly 24-year-old blonde took over the reins at fifth-tier regional side Viktorija Vojakovac last month, scoring a…

Hobbit coins to become legal tender in New Zealand

New Zealand will release commemorative “The Hobbit” coins worth thousands of dollars ahead of next month’s premier of director Peter Jackson’s latest Tolkien epic. The coins featuring characters such as Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the wizard will be legal tender in the country, New Zealand Post said, although their face…

Australian PM’s sexism speech sparks divisive reaction

A blistering attack by Prime Minister Julia Gillard labelling Australia’s opposition leader a misogynist has gained global attention but sparked a divisive reaction about her judgement and the role of sexism in politics. Gillard, the nation’s first woman leader, lashed out Tuesday at Tony Abbott after he called for the…

Palestinians set first private sector minimum wage

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — The Palestinian government on Tuesday approved a minimum wage of 1,450 shekels ($376, 290 euros) a month for the private sector, labour minister Ahmed Majdalani said. “This is an unprecedented decision… on which we can build,” Majdalani told AFP, dismissing criticism that the rate was to…

Chavez backs Assad again, blames U.S. for war

CARACAS — President Hugo Chavez vowed Tuesday to keep supporting Bashar al-Assad, calling him Syria’s legitimate president and blaming the United States for the war that has raged on for nearly 19 months. “How can I not support the government of Bashar al-Assad if it is the legitimate government of…

‘Gangnam Style’ rapper hailed by UN secretary general

“Gangnam Style” has secured an unlikely accolade after UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hailed South Korean rapper Psy’s global hit as a force for world peace. Ban has found himself displaced as the best-known Korean on the planet by the astonishing success of the chubby rapper’s catchy video — and…

Brazil activists occupy controversial Amazon dam

More than 150 fishermen and indigenous natives occupied Brazil’s on Tuesday, claiming the project will do irreparable damage to the Amazon ecosystem and their way of life. “This singular alliance of Indians and fishermen is aimed at blowing the whistle on the construction company which has not kept promises made…

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…

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