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Police arrest at least five student protesters in Quebec

Riot police used teargas to disperse some 100 students and parents blocking the entrance of a college north of Montreal on Tuesday, as a student strike in Canada’s Quebec province entered a 14th week. Authorities also arrested at least five protesters after a tense standoff at College Lionel-Groulx in Sainte-Therese,…

Man sets himself on fire outside Norway killer’s trial

An unidentified man set himself on fire Tuesday outside a courthouse in Oslo, Norway, where mass murderer Anders Breivik is on trial, leaving police insisting the bizarre self immolation was an act of a seriously disturbed individual and had nothing to do with Breivik. In a shocking video published to…

Afghanistan: Home to ‘world’s most extreme golf’

“Welcome to the most extreme golf in the world,” says the European Union ambassador to Afghanistan, as half-a-dozen heavily armed bodyguards fan out around him and scan the Kabul Golf Club course. But Vygaudas Usackas is not talking about security threats facing golfers in a war zone — he’s talking about the course. It is one…

China dismisses Dalai Lama murder plot claim

China has accused the Dalai Lama of “deceiving the world” and “spreading false information” after Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader said he was warned of a plot by Chinese agents to assassinate him. The Buddhist monk made the allegation in an interview with Britain’s Sunday Telegraph, saying he had been told that agents were planning to poison him…

Strauss-Kahn files $1 million suit against NY maid

Disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has filed a $1 million countersuit against the New York hotel maid at the center of last year’s explosive sexual assault allegations, a report said Tuesday. A year after the scandal broke, the former French Socialist party presidential hopeful accused the maid, Nafissatou Diallo, of “knowingly and intentionally making a false…

Mickey Mouse hosts same sex weddings in Japan

Just days after US President Barack Obama came out in favour ofgay marriage, another supporter of homosexual unions emerged in Japan: Mickey Mouse. Despite their having no legal status, same sex couples are able to hold fairytale wedding ceremonies at hotels inside the popularTokyo Disney Resort, including at the Cinderella Castle, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday. News…

Greece races against time to form government

Greece tries again on Tuesday to form a government, hoping a technocrat solution to disputes over a tough EU-IMF bailout deal will avoid new polls and keep it in the eurozone as time runs down fast. Leaders from all bar the far-right parties that won seats in inconclusive May 6 polls will meet at 1100…

Hollande sworn in as French president

Socialist leader Francois Hollande was sworn in as president ofFrance on Tuesday at a solemn ceremony overshadowed by the catastrophic debt crisis threatening to unravel the eurozone. After brief ceremonies in Paris, the 57-year-old career politician was to dash to Berlin to confront Chancellor Angela Merkel over their very different visions as to how to save the…

Economic growth sows unhappiness in China: study

WASHINGTON — China’s economic growth of the last 20 years has generally been met with declining happiness, especially among the poorest members of society, according to a US analysis published on Monday. The study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) is based on six different…

McCain calls for suspension of Myanmar sanctions

Key Republican Senator John McCain called Monday on the United States to suspend most sanctions on Myanmar, saying the administration must go further than planned to encourage the country’s reforms. McCain proposed that the United States, like the European Union, freeze sanctions on the country formerly known as Burma for…

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