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Afghan professor fired for book that calls ethnic group ‘liars, stubborn, violent and anti-Islamic’

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday sacked four academics from a leading research centre over a book that sparked fury for reportedly insulting the Hazara ethnic group. The head of the Afghanistan Academy of Science and three other scholars were dismissed and referred to the attorney general’s office for questioning,…

Mother of world’s first test-tube baby dies at 64

The British woman who gave birth to the world’s first test tube baby has died aged 64, her family said on Wednesday. Lesley Brown made history on July 22, 1978 when her daughter Louise was born following pioneering in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment. She died in hospital in Bristol, southwest England,…

Prosecution: Assange’s decision to seek Ecuador asylum ‘a tragedy’

Julian Assange’s decision to seek asylum in Ecuador is “a tragedy” for the two women who have accused him of sexual assault in Sweden, their lawyer has said. Claes Borgström, who represents the two unnamed women with whom the WikiLeaks founder had sexual relations in Stockholm in August 2010, told…

Suu Kyi to receive honor from Oxford University

Aung San Suu Kyi was to be awarded an honorary doctorate by Oxford University on Wednesday in the city where she studied and brought up the family she would later leave behind. The Myanmar democracy icon will be presented with an honorary doctorate in civil law at the prestigious seat…

11 Afghans killed in suicide attack targeting NATO

The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a joint Afghan-NATO patrol in the eastern town of Khost on Wednesday has risen to 11, a senior hospital official said. Amir Padsha, the director of Khost city hospital said the dead included three police officers and eight civilians.…

39 dead in Syria as UN monitors say they are ‘obliged’ to stay

Twenty-eight soldiers were among 39 people killed in violence in Syria on Wednesday, a rights group said, as UN observers said they were “morally obliged” to stay in the country despite the risks. Russia resisted Western pleas to help remove President Bashar al-Assad from power despite escalating hostilities that have…

U.K. police say Assange subject to arrest for skipping bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has sought political asylum inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has breached bail conditions and is subject to arrest, police said Wednesday. The conditions include staying at his bail address between 10:00pm and 8:00am and “he is now subject to arrest under the Bail Act…

‘Al-Qaeda militant’ takes hostages at French bank

A man claiming to be an Al-Qaeda militant took four hostages at a bank in the southern French city Toulouse on Wednesday and wants to negotiate with an elite police unit, police said. The man entered the bank around 0900 GMT, fired a gun and wants to talk to the…

China’s Ai Weiwei barred from court in tax case

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was barred from a hearing Wednesday challenging a multi-million-dollar tax penalty against a firm he founded, he said, accusing authorities of seeking to “crush” him. Ai, an internationally acclaimed artist also renowned for his political activism, disappeared into custody for 81 days last year as…

Australian mega-brothel gets go-ahead

A Sydney brothel has received the green light for a multi-million-dollar expansion which will see it become Australia’s largest sex premises, with rooms featuring multiple beds and pool tables. Plans to double the number of rooms at inner Sydney’s “Stiletto” into a mega-brothel complex were knocked back late last year…

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