April 2010

Disaster unmasks the dark side of Brazilian politics

Ylenia Lemos - São Paulo, BrazilOne of the biggest storms in the history of the state of Rio de Janeiro caused more than 240 deaths in the city’s hillside favelas (shantytowns), 161 injured and over 11,700 people homeless, according to figures from Brazili ...

Whistleblowers targeted in new online piracy bill

Tim EdwardsOnline pirates are on borrowed time after Members of Parliament in the UK passed the Digital Economy Bill last week.But the highly complex suite of new laws - voted on by just a third of MPs after a mere three-hour debate - is such a mess that t ...

George Michael causes a stir on 'men-only' website

The-Latest - EXCLUSIVEBritish pop star George Michael, famous for his hit songs and for getting arrested cruising for sex in a public toilet, is now on Grindr, a website that offers a location-based iPhone app for gay men to meet up via their phones. Micha ...

Do internet users really care about general election?

Britain's current General Election campaign promises to be the most 'interactive' in history, writes Jonathan Harwood. Since the last time the UK went to the polls, the internet has been transformed - broadband access has almost doubled and the social netw ...

Tom Cruise 'drug secret' and Church of Scientology

Adrian ChenAmy Scobee is a former high-ranking Scientologist. She's about to publish a book about her time with the controversial religious sect, that contains some interesting details about Hollywood actor Tom Cruise. Last week, Cruise's lawyer sent ...

Iranian leader demands investigation into 9/11 attacks

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has written to United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon, asking him to launch an investigation into the September 11, 2001 attacks on America."The minimum expectation from your excellency is to set up an independent and trusted fact-f ...

North Korean leader is a new fashion icon

 The trademark suit sported by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il is now in fashion worldwide thanks to his greatness, Pyongyang's official website said Wednesday.Uriminzokkiri, quoting an article in communist party newspaper Rodong Sinmun, said the mode ...
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Banned by US: Rapper says Obama nation is a nightmare

Is President Karzai a heroin addict?

 Is President Karzai a heroin addict?Afghan President Hamid Karzai has been acting certifiably crazy. At first, everyone attributed it to hurt feelings (an invitation to the White House had been abruptly rescinded). But it has got worse, with Karzai a ...

'London's greenest borough' destroys giant vine at eco studio

Viv BroughtonBungling officials at Hackney town hall have chopped through the roots of a ‘green wall’ at Europe’s first solar powered recording studio. Their excuse was: “We thought it grew down, not up.” The 40 feet tall vine, which took five years to gro ...

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