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Arab women launch cyber uprising for equality

Taking their cue from the Arab Spring, but fearing a backlash from Islamists the uprisings brought to power, Arab cyber activists have embarked on a daring campaign urging women fight for equality. “The uprising of women in the Arab World” is the title of the Facebook page where the campaign…

Chinese author Mo Yan wins Nobel literature prize

Chinese author Mo Yan on Thursday won the Nobel Literature Prize for writing that mixes folk tales, history and the contemporary, the Swedish Academy announced. “Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the…

Shot Pakistan teen activist improving after surgery

AFP - A Pakistani child activist shot in the head by the Taliban is slowly improving but will remain sedated in intensive care for at least another 24 hours, a relative said Thursday. The shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai on a school bus in the scenic Swat valley has been denounced…

Denying girls school entrenches poverty: report

AFP - Millions of girls worldwide are not going to school, an education gap that condemns them to lives of hardship and entrenches broader extreme poverty, a new report said Thursday. The report, “Because I am a Girl: The State of the World’s Girls 2012,” was released in New York by…

China bloggers expose more corruption: reports

AFP - Chinese officials have launched a probe after microbloggers said they had uncovered another allegedly corrupt leader who owns millions of dollars worth of property, state press said on Thursday. Southern Guangzhou city will investigate urban management official Cai Bin, 56, who has 21 homes valued at 40 million yuan…

French Islamic group ‘biggest terror threat since 90s’

 A French prosecutor said Thursday he would pursue charges of attempted murder and terrorism against seven of the 12 suspected Islamist extremists arrested at the weekend. Francois Molins, the Paris prosecutor, said the seven had been part of an “active terrorist cell” that posed the biggest threat of its kind…

Dalai Lama warns against generalizing Islam

WASHINGTON — Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, warned Wednesday not to generalize Islam as a negative force and called on believers of different faiths to reach out to one another. On a lecture tour of the United States, the world’s best-known Buddhist monk said that every religion including…

James Bond auction raises $2.6 million for charity

LONDON — A London sale of James Bond souvenirs to mark the secret agent’s 50th silver-screen anniversary has raised over $2.6 million (two million euros), Christie’s auction house said Wednesday. Buyers from 42 countries took part in the auction with all proceeds going to to charity. The auction took place…

French first lady threatens to sue over ‘malicious rumors’ in biography

French first lady Valerie Trierweiler plans to sue the authors of the latest book about her because it spreads malicious rumours, her lawyer said Wednesday. Trierweiler, a 47-year-old journalist and partner of President Francois Hollande, is suing the authors of “La Frondeuse” (The Rebel) — a biography due to be…

Archaeologists claim to find spot where Julius Caesar was stabbed

Archaeologists said Wednesday they believe they have found the exact spot in Rome where Julius Caesar was stabbed to death on March 15, 44 BC. The stabbing of the dictator by Roman senators was recorded by ancient historians and dramatised by William Shakespeare who gave Caesar the last words: “Et…

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