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Why Che’s daughter fights to preserve his image as idealistic revolutionary

Forty-five years after Che Guevara’s death, his daughter, Aleida, talks about growing up in the shadow of a world-famed leader She has the eyes of her father, a gaze that became an emblem for the 20th century. She also has his deep sense of social injustice, but Dr Aleida Guevara…

Indian PM says social media could spark ethnic tensions

Indian Premier Manmohan Singh warned Saturday over the use of social media to inflame ethnic tensions after online threats and text messages sparked a mass exodus of migrants from southern cities. The use of “social media to aggravate the communal situation is a new challenge”, Singh told a conference of…

Palestinians stage fiery protest against PM Fayyad

Dozens of Palestinians from Al-Amari refugee camp in the West Bank burned tires, blocked the road into the camp and chanted slogans against prime minister Salam Fayyad late Saturday. An AFP correspondent said the protest demanding that the Palestinian premier resign over the government’s economic policies came after Fayyad was…

European Union threatens Iran with new sanctions

European Union nations waved the threat of new international sanctions against Iran over its contested nuclear drive on Saturday, as Russia complained such measures harm its interests. With frustration mounting over the lack of progress in talks between global powers and Iran, German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said Tehran has…

Dim hope of success for Syria peace envoy: analysts

Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi faces the arduous task of seeking an end to a bloody conflict that has dim hopes of a peaceful outcome, as world powers remain divided over a solution, analysts say. “Mr Brahimi’s mission, by his own account, has little chance of success,” said Middle East…

Forensics teams search British home of Alps shooting victims

British police forensics officers on Saturday began an operation to search the home of a family shot dead in France, in company with detectives from across the Channel. Police set up a cordon around the house in Claygate in Surrey, a quiet commuter village some 15 miles (25 kilometres) southwest…

Government backs down on Chinese ‘patriotism’ lessons for Hong Kong schoolchildren

Hong Kong’s government on Saturday backed down on a plan to force school children to take Chinese patriotism classes, after weeks of protests and on the eve of crucial legislative polls. “The amendment of this policy means that we are giving the authority to the schools,” the city’s leader, Leung…

Pakistan Christian ‘blasphemy’ girl freed from jail

A Christian girl accused of blasphemy in Pakistan was released from jail on Saturday, a minister said, in a case that has sparked an international outcry. Rimsha Masih was arrested on August 16 for allegedly burning pages containing verses from the Koran but she was released from a prison in…

In body-conscious Brazil, half are now overweight

One of the world’s most body-conscious countries, Brazil is now threatened by growing obesity rates, with half of the population already overweight. As a result of an unbalanced diet and a rise in more sedentary lifestyles, Brazil, which moved 30 million people out of poverty and into the middle class…

Canada breaks off relations with Iran

Canada has closed its Tehran embassy and ordered Iranian diplomats expelled, in a damning severance of ties in which it accused the Islamic Republic of being the biggest threat to world peace. Canada did not cite a specific incident that caused the breakdown, but issued a strongly worded attack on…

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