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Jailed Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize Friday, but he probably doesn’t even know it yet. Liu, a Chinese literary critic and the country’s most prominent human rights dissident, is in prison. In awarding Liu Xiaobo the Nobel Peace Prize, the Nobel committee sent an undeniable message to the Chinese government that it must

Women Reservation Bill guarantees Parliament seats for women

In order to fully appreciate the importance of the Women Reservation Bill that has passed the high house of Indian Parliament, you must understand something of India’s history. Indian society was caste-based for thousands of years. It took the passage of the Constitution of India in 1949 to begin to break down the rigid class
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British home secretary slams door on cargo from Yemen, Somalia

Printer toner cartridges have Yemen and Somalia on the U.K.’s cargo blacklist. (Photo Credit: CC BY-SA/Cheon Fong Liew/Flickr) Authorities have determined that the suspicious package from Yemen that was found on board a UPS cargo flight in the U.K. was an operable bomb. While the Yemeni student believed to be responsible has been arrested, the
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Costa Rica border dispute with Nicaragua blamed on Google Maps

Costa Rica and Nicaragua are neighboring countries in Central America with a longstanding border dispute along the San Juan River. The Costa Rica/Nicaragua border dispute got serious last week when a Nicaraguan military commander led troops into Costa Rican territory. Costa Rica said Nicaragua had invaded its territory, while the commander said he was just
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Relief efforts hindered as Mount Merapi erupts again

Days after a devastating earthquake and consequent eruption, Mount Merapi has erupted again in Indonesia. The second Mount Merapi eruption comes days after the first eruption, which killed more than 30 people in an already battered area. The recent undersea Indonesia earthquake has devastated the area. The quake triggered a tsunami, flooding and a volcanic
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New START treaty close to final vote in Senate

The new START treaty, or Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, has been approved to be voted on by the Senate. The Senate had seemed to stall on passing the treaty, which reduces American and Russian nuclear arsenals. The START treaty vote was incredibly close. Senate barely ratifies new START treaty The U.S. Senate has passed a
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Condom with teeth designed to cut down on sexual violence

Dr. Sonnet Ehlers created Rape-aXe, a female condom with jagged teeth, in an effort to cut down on sexual offenders in South Africa, a country with one of the worst rape rates in the world. Ehlers, who is sick and tired of seeing numbers of rape victims pouring in, has decided to give away thousands
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Protesters fill Tahrir Square pushing for Day of Departure

Thousands of people have filled Tahrir Square in Cairo pushing for a “Day of Departure” for Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak, the long serving president of Egypt, has said he will not run for re-election in September of this year. His promise to leave office has only intensified the protests against his rule. Protests begin anew in

Getting a loan in the UK could require taking a test

In the United Kingdom, new rules are being considered that would make loans for anyone that may need extra cash a little more difficult. After the Learning and Skills Council discovered that 9 out of 10 customers couldn’t calculate basic financial numbers, ministers took note. Now, new regulations may require customers that need loans to
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Sarkozy bribing scandal rocks French government

The Economist reports that two junior ministers from the French government have resigned over expense report discrepancies like $15,000 Cuban cigars and $147,489 for a private jet to fly to “a conference devoted to the penniless victims of the Haiti earthquake.” Now scandals regarding the acceptance of illegal campaign contributions have touched French Labor Minister
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North Korea news about childish nuclear state tanks stock market

North Korea news is dominating the headlines, scaring stock market traders and trying the patience of world leaders. Crass and belligerent as a rule, North Korea has turned its international misconduct up a notch lately. The nuclear-armed dictatorship can’t feed its own people attacked and sank a South Korean ship in March. After all available
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange freed on bail as appeal fails

The controversial head of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, is out on bail. A recent court hearing granted him the right to post bail and get out of jail, but an appeal was immediately filed against bail on behalf of the Swedish government. The appeal was denied, and Assange is out. Julian Assange allowed to post bail
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Lithium in Afghanistan for electric cars: a blessing and a curse

Lithium has been discovered in Afghanistan, in vast quantities. Lithium, an alkali metal found in salt flats and clay deposits, is the energy source of the future that will make widespread use of electric cars possible. Batteries for electric cars, smartphones and laptops could make lithium the crude oil of the 21st century. Much like
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‘Text Haiti to 90999’ campaign a success

Technology and the Haiti earthquake The “text Haiti to 90999” campaign has raised a lot of money, despite the fact that modern technology has allowed more than one Haiti earthquake hoax to spread. Twitter bred a couple of hoaxes, including UPS to Haiti free shipping and airlines flying doctors to Haiti for free. However, the

Story of Chilean miner mistress steals spotlight from rescue

The rescue of the 33 trapped Chilean miners has been overshadowed by reports of a Chilean miner mistress. Apparently, the Chilean miner mistress showed up at the camp where friends and family gathered, and his wife was none too pleased. After a brief altercation, his wife and mistress have been keeping their distance. The miner
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Traffic jams in China blamed on voracious demand for coal

American drivers trapped in gridlock have it easy compared to commuters in China. Two weeks into the Chinese traffic jam, gridlock Friday on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway extended 19 miles. Road construction in Beijing has caused a pileup of vehicles on a road between the capital and the city of Zhangjiokou that is expected to continue
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Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum | Israel’s Plan for Iran?

If you wish for peace, prepare for war That’s the translation of that Latin phrase. I’m not talking about obtaining pre-emptive payday advances to prepare your budget for war. I’m talking about being prepared to live by the sword. This Roman saying may prove to be what Israel is preparing for against Iran. At the