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Pussy Riot member in solitary confinement after hunger strike pledge

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova moved to separate cell for 'her own safety' after she wrote about being forced into slave-like labour<p>A jailed member of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot has been moved to solitary confinement the day after she announced a hunger strike in protest at gulag-style prison …

Chinese police chief suspended after online storm over teenager's detention

Web users incensed by arrest of Yang Hui as crackdown on internet freedom digs up court documents accusing police chief of giving bribes<p>Authorities in north-west China have suspended a county police chief who oversaw the detention of a teenage boy last week for posting "online rumours", in an …

Euthanasia cases in the Netherlands rise by 13% in a year

Rise of 13% from 2011-2012 marks the sixth consecutive year of increases, says commission that vets euthanasia cases<p>The number of assisted suicides in the Netherlands rose by 13% in 2012, the sixth consecutive year of increases, according to the commission that vets voluntary euthanasia in the …

Carnival group anticipates three-year recovery after Concordia disaster

Cruise ship group Carnival said yesterday it would take up to three years for its Costa brand to recover its reputation and profitability after its Concordia ship sank off the Italian coast last year.<p>"There are a lot of great brands that have had setbacks and they've recovered … but the economic …

Kenya President Declares Victory Over Terrorists in Mall Carnage

The president of Kenya declared victory over terrorists today saying that despite an "immense" loss of life during the attack on a Nairobi shopping …

Report: Army set to implement partial tattoo ban

New U.S. Army recruits will not be permitted to sport tattoos below their elbows and knees or above their necklines, according to a new report from a military publication.<p>The ban, part of broader new rules on grooming and appearance for soldiers, has been approved by Secretary of the Army John …

Solar Power

Russia to prosecute Greenpeace activists

Environmental activists who protested at an offshore oil platform in the Russian Arctic last week will be prosecuted, possibly for piracy, which is punishable by up to 15 years in jail, according to Russian investigators.<p>They said the "attack", in which Greenpeace activists tried scaling the …

California Law Says All Websites Must Give Minors Option To Delete User Activity

Posting spring break photos on Facebook. Watching "Battlefield Earth" on Netflix. Tweeting anything with #YOLO. These are just a handful of things …

Mexico Heaven bar murders: Three police officers arrested

<b>Three police officers have been arrested in Mexico on suspicion of being linked to the murders of 12 young people who disappeared after they visited a bar in Mexico City in May.</b><p>Two of the men arrested are local officers who were working in the Zona Rosa entertainment district, where the 12 …

Crime

NASA to keep protective eye on Mars spacecraft as comets buzz by

This illustration of a bright comet over Mars was created by artist Kim Poor.<p>Two comets will buzz Mars over the course of the next year, prompting excitement as well as some concern that cometary particles could hit the spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet and exploring its surface.<p>Three operational …

Space

Government Hits Back in Armstrong Lawsuit Filings

Cyclist claims the government and US Postal knew he was doping<p><b>WASHINGTON, September 24, 2013 (AFP) -</b> The US government fired back at Lance Armstrong in a federal court filing after the doping-disgraced American cyclist had asked for the dismissal of a civil fraud lawsuit against him.<p>Armstrong, who …

Corruption

Gas price 36 cents below last year's level

Consumers are getting an extended break in gas prices that's likely to continue.<p>Like autumn leaves, gasoline prices are falling.<p>Already on a 24-straight-day slide, regular unleaded gas now averages $3.45 a gallon — the lowest national average since January- and 36 cents below year-ago levels. …

Qatar Airways Requires Female Workers To Get Permission Before Marrying

The company's standard hiring contract also mandates that women tell a supervisor if they become pregnant and gives the airline the right to fire them upon the discovery.<p>The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), which represents around 4.5 million transport workers in 150 countries, …

Thousands displaced in Philippine floods

Severe flooding and landslides have killed at least 20 people in northern Philippines' Zambales province.<p>Monsoon rains, caused by typhoon Usagi, destroyed homes and displaced thousands of people.<p>Hundreds of residents have been stranded on rooftops, and many coastal communities remain cut off from …

Zimbabwe elephants poisoned by cyanide

<b>More than 80 elephants have been killed for their ivory by poachers who used cyanide to poison a water hole in Zimbabwe's largest game park.</b><p>Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi confirmed the toll on Tuesday after touring Hwange National Park.<p>Wildlife department officials said the chemical also killed …

Wildlife

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