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Ex-warlord emerges as kingmaker after Liberian vote

Notorious ex-warlord Prince Johnson, who was filmed ordering his men to cut off the ears of dictator Samuel Doe two decades ago, has emerged as a surprising kingmaker in Liberia’s presidential election. Placing a strong third with half the polling stations tallied, the 59-year old former rebel leader looks like…

Al Gore ‘cheers’ Wall Street protesters

WASHINGTON — Former US vice president turned climate-change activist Al Gore threw his support behind Occupy Wall Street on Thursday, calling it a first step towards fixing a democracy in crisis. “From the economy to the climate crisis, our leaders have pursued solutions that are not solving our problems. Instead…

Dalai Lama pokes fun at China slurs, slams censorship

The Dalai Lama on Saturday slamed censorship in China as “immoral” and poked fun at denunciations of himself in a video chat with Desmond Tutu after he was not granted a visa in time to travel to South Africa. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader’s absence was symbolised by an empty…

Egypt activists hail Arab Nobel prize winner

Egyptian cyber dissidents who were touted as Nobel Peace Prize candidates, on Friday congratulated the Yemeni activist who shared the honour with two Liberians for her “well deserved win”. “Congratulations to Tawakkul Karman for her well deserved win,” Wael Ghonim posted in a Twitter message, describing himself as “a proud…

Three women’s rights activists share Nobel Peace Prize

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her compatriot and “peace warrior” Leymah Gbowee and Yemen’s Arab Spring activist Tawakkul Karman won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The three women will share the 2011 award “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation…

World will rally around 2011 Peace Prize pick: Nobel chief

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize will be seen as a unifying choice and will be less controversial than last year’s award, the head of the prize committee said Thursday, a day before the announcement. “I think (this year’s prize) will be well-received all over the world,”Nobel Committee chief Thorbjoern Jagland told Norwegian public…

China’s Nobel laureate leaves jail briefly: brother

China’s jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo was briefly allowed out of prison last month after his father died, his brother told AFP, in an unusual break in the dissident’s 11-year term. Liu Xiaoxuan said his elder brother “was sent back home on September 18″ to mark the seventh…

Arab bloggers debate role ahead of Nobel Peace Prize

Arab bloggers in Tunis on Monday discussed the role they played in the “Arab Spring,” just days before the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize for which some among them are seen as frontrunners. As the meeting got underway in the country whose “Jasmine Revolution” kicked off the turmoil in…

Arab Spring cyberactivists hold convention in Tunis

TUNIS — Some 200 Arab bloggers involved in cyberactivism will gather in Tunis Monday to discuss the role of the Internet and social networking in political change following the “Arab Spring”, organisers said. Following on gatherings in Beirut in 2008 and 2009, the third meeting of Arab bloggers will focus…

China moves Tibet hardliner to heavily Catholic province

BEIJING (Reuters) – The hardline Chinese official removed last week as Communist Party chief of restive Tibet has been made head of the province in the center of contention over China’s Catholics, giving him an influential role in another sensitive religious issue. Zhang Qingli, who gained a reputation as an…

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