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Activists push for end to U.S.-Canada pipeline plan

Thousands of protesters rallied outside the White House on Sunday to press US President Barack Obama to scrap plans for a multi-billion-dollar oil pipeline stretching from Canada to Texas. “Our mainstream society is extremely destructive and exploitative. This is one of the most egregious examples of over-exploitation,” Ken Srdjak, 25,…

‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters march on Chase Bank in NYC

Thousands of protesters marched in New York and Washington on Saturday as part of a global day of “outrage” against corporate greed that has seen rowdy demonstrations in dozens of countries. In New York, the protesters headed to Chase Bank in support of around 14,000 workers sacked by the lender…

Dalai Lama’s political successor sworn in

Lobsang Sangay, a 43-year-old Harvard scholar, took office Monday as head of the Tibetan government in exile, vowing to free his homeland from Chinese “colonialism”. After being sworn in at a colourful ceremony in the Indian hill town of Dharamshala, Sangay warned China that the Tibet movement was “here to…

Dalai Lama pleads for right to ‘retire’

DHARAMSHALA, India (AFP) – The Dalai Lama pleaded with exiled Tibetan MPs on Monday to accept his resignation as their political leader, warning that a delayed handover could pose “an overwhelming challenge”. In a letter read out to the exiled parliament, the 75-year-old Nobel peace laureate argued that the Tibetan…

Obama calls Aung San Suu Kyi ‘a hero of mine’

US President Barack Obama welcomed the release of Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday, calling her “a hero of mine” and saying it was time for the Myanmar junta to free all political prisoners. “While the Burmese regime has gone to extraordinary lengths to isolate and silence Aung San Suu…

Myanmar court shuns Suu Kyi detention appeal

Lawyers for the Nobel peace laureate believe she will be released on Saturday regardless of the Supreme Court decision, but they had hoped she would also be acquitted to prove her innocence. If she is freed, the 65-year-old, who has spent much of the past two decades locked up, will…

Israel expels Rachel Corrie activists, defends Gaza siege

Seven of 19 activists from the Rachel Corrie aid ship which tried to run the Gaza siege were expelled from Israel on Sunday as calls grew for an end to the crippling blockade of the Hamas-ruled enclave. The remaining 12 would be deported later on Sunday, an Israeli official said,…

Activist ship steams on towards Gaza

The Rachel Corrie activist ship kept its course for a Saturday arrival in Gaza — or confrontation — as world anger simmered over Israel’s deadly raid on an earlier blockade-busting bid. “We are around 150 miles from Gaza, continuing at a steady pace, and hope to arrive on Saturday morning,”…

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