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Hackers target newspaper

Independent Newspapers was attacked by a group called Anonymous Africa on Wednesday over the newspaper group’s alleged support of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

Fixing Finance

As the global financial sector has swelled, the gap between the rich and the poor has grown.

Better Regulation for Freer Trade

Bollyky outlines the integrated strategy that U.S.

The Global Finance Regime

A broad-sweeping look at international efforts to regulate the global financial system. This is part of the Global Governance Monitor , an interactive feature tracking multilateral approaches to several global challenges.

Make Voting Mandatory

Peter Orszag makes the case that increasing electoral participation would improve American democracy.

No One’s World

Charles Kupchan maps out the twenty-first-century world, providing a detailed strategy for reconciling the West with the “rise of the rest.”

Dead men walking look to Champions League boost

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas and Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri, himself a former Stamford Bridge manager, will be looking to the Champions League this week to boost their chances of keeping their jobs. Villas-Boas has been described as a ‘dead man walking’ by Ranieri and …

Remarks by Defense Secretary Panetta and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping gave these remarks on February 14, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Teens jailed for S. Korean bullying suicide

A South Korean court sentenced two teenagers to prison terms Monday after they admitted bullying a school classmate until he committed suicide.

Japan posts record trade deficit

Japan — battered by a strong yen, slowing global demand and increased oil and gas imports due to last year’s Fukushima nuclear disaster — posted a record trade deficit of $18.7 billion in January, according to official figures.

North threatens ‘merciless’ attack

South Korea conducted live-fire military exercises near its disputed sea border with North Korea yesterday despite Pyongyang’s threat to respond with a “merciless” attack.

Dozens killed in Mexico prison violence

At least 44 people were killed on Sunday after a fight broke out between rival gangs in a Monterrey prison in northern Mexico. Authorities suspect the violence may have been started as a diversion to allow certain prisoners to escape.

30 prisoners escape after riot in northern Mexico, governor says

Dozens died and 30 inmates escaped during a weekend prison riot in northern Mexico, an official said Monday.

DARFUR: UN denies peacekeepers being held hostage in Darfur

The joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNAMID) on Monday refuted a Darfur rebel group’s claim from earlier in the day that it had kidnapped 49 peacekeepers. UNAMID said the solders were “blocked” not kidnapped.

Death toll in Tibet protest rises to 21

A young Tibetan Buddhist monk has set himself on fire to protest against Chinese rule – the 21st to do so in the past year.

South Sudan: The Devils in Khartoum Vowed to Use Plan B Against Nation, What Does That Mean?

[Citizen] The statement that they will use Plan B against South Sudan was uttered in Khartoum by more than two senior officials of the terrorist gang who are ruling in Sudan.

Burma: How real are new press freedoms?

RANGOON — “In the past, they would scrutinize every sentence in every piece,” U Ko Ko, publisher of the Yangon Times, said of Burma’s censors. “Now they change less than 10 percent.” read more

Somalia: Says 30 People Were Killed By Al Shabaab

[Garowe Online] Mogadishu – Authorities in Kenya say that at least 30 civilians were killed by Al Shabaab since the Kenyan intervention in October, Radio Garowe reports.

Now's not a good time to bomb Iran, US tells Israel

The head of the US military has warned Israel against attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities, saying such a strike would be destabilising “at this time”.

Roadside bomb kills two soldiers in Pakistan

A roadside bomb killed two soldiers and injured nine others in southwest Pakistan, one of two deadly incidents in the country targeting law and order personnel Sunday.

38 killed in Mexican prison riot

At least 38 people died during a prison riot in northern Mexico on Sunday, a security official said.

Whitney Houston goes home for the last time

At the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, where a teenage Whitney Houston trained her extraordinary voice in the gospel choir, they call a funeral service a “homegoing”.

Bomb Explodes Outside Church in Central Nigeria

Several people were reported wounded in the central Nigerian town of Sulega when a bomb exploded outside a church. A police spokesman said the explosion came from a parked car. He described it as …

Violence Breaks Out at Protest Against Senegal’s President

The western African nation of Senegal was the scene of more protests Sunday against plans by President Abdoulaye Wade to seek a third term in office in an election one week away. Police in the capital Dakar fired tear gas and rubber bullets against rock-throwing demonstrators. Several …

Egyptian riots go beyond football

The deaths of 73 football fans shortly after a match between Cairo ‘s Al Ahly and Al Masry in Port Said, Egypt, has shocked the world.

Chinese men arrested on animal cruelty charges

Four Chinese men face deportation from Zimbabwe after they were arrested on charges of cruelty to tortoises, according to local media.

World leaders plan crackdown on Somali pirates

Special courtrooms in the Seychelles and Mauritius and purpose-built “pirate prisons” are among measures to be outlined this week as world leaders gather to plan a crackdown on Somali pirates.

Wildfires kill 339,000 people per year: Study

Wildfires, peat fires and controlled burns on farming lands kill 339,000 people worldwide each year, said a study released on Saturday that is the first to estimate a death

Economist: Tax and Build

The Economist comments on Obama’s recently released federal budget: as a fiscal document, it is optimistic though not unreasonable; as a political move, it is an early campaign promise towards reelection.

India Ink: India Allows Request to Charge U.S. Citizen in 2008 Attacks

The decision is the first step in seeking an extradition for David Coleman Headley in connection with the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Ghana, Africa and the World Powers Part II

In Part I of this series, I pointed out that economic and military strength are the two wings with which the Dragon (China) and the Eagle (US) fly

I Scream , I Am Hetero and Normal

Does the “Lesbian Continuum” Exist?: Choices, Single Women and Social Sexuality. For women who justify patriarchy on the grounds of heterosexuality it is time they realised that being “normal” should ideally mean something more than just being sexual. It is time that they …

Making SA great is a far better way to honour Madiba

WHEN I heard that the Reserve Bank had put out an announcement about a Saturday press conference, my heart sank.

Judge Constitutional Court in its context

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma is clearly sceptical of the judiciary; that is not unexpected – in many democracies the executive is sceptical of the judiciary and ours is no exception.

How to Mend U.S.-China Ties

As Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping visits the United States, CFR’s Elizabeth C. Economy says Washington must address the trust deficit with Beijing as the top policy priority.

Nepalese woman accused of witchcraft, burned alive

A 40-year-old mother of two was burned alive in central Nepal after she was accused of being a witch, police said Saturday.

Emperor’s bypass surgery ‘a success’

Japan’s 78-year-old emperor is recovering from successful cardiac bypass surgery at the University of Tokyo Hospital, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

How bright lights of Pattaya seduced Iran’s bungling Bangkok bombers

It was the week when rumours of a new war with Iran became unstoppable, when all the talk was of red lines being crossed and options narrowing. But it was to culminate in a bloody farce.

Ecuador high court upholds $40 million libel suit

Ecuador’s highest court has upheld a conviction and a $40 million judgment against a newspaper in a case that pitted the paper’s directors and a former opinion editor against the country’s president.

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