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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 00:00

Australia scraps carbon tax early

Australia: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said today that a deeply unpopular carbon tax will be replaced by a less-severe emissions trading scheme a year ahead of schedule.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 00:00

Panama seizes N Korean ship

Panama: President Ricardo Martinelli said today that authorities have seized a North Korean-flagged ship traveling from Cuba with "undeclared military cargo."
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 00:00

Minister keeps job after soldier's death

Taiwan: President Ma Ying Jeou refused to accept his defence minister's resignation today after a 24-year-old army recruit died of heatstroke while being punished for bringing a mobile phone onto base.
Thousands of people took to the streets across the US on Sunday night to protest at the acquittal of so-called neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman after jurors decided that he was within his rights to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Three Bangladeshi judges sentenced former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Ghulam Azam to 90 years in prison today at a special tribunal formed to prosecute crimes during the country's 1971 independence war.
Bangladeshi activists blasted new labour legislation to protect garment trade workers as hurried and ineffective today.
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:00

Racist slur senator forced to say sorry

Italian senate vice-president Roberto Calderoli was forced to apologise on Sunday after likening Italy's first black minister Cecile Kyenge to an orangutan.
A Chinese court awarded damages today to the mother of a rape victim after she was imprisoned for demanding that her daughter's attackers be punished.
Striking police officers brought traffic to a standstill across central Athens today.
Tuesday, 16 July 2013 00:00

British cops sent to tackle rioters

Northern Irish police drafted in hundreds more officers from Britain today after loyalist violence ran into a third night.
Greenpeace activists occupied a French nuclear power plant before dawn today.
Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

Fury in Texas as abortion curbs passed

by Our Foreign Desk Women vowed at the weekend to fight back after Texan Republicans passed some of the most restrictive abortion legislation in the US.
by Our Foreign Desk France's President Francois Hollande admitted today that "much more" needs to be done to maintain regional railway lines after a derailment on Friday that left six dead.
by Our Foreign Desk Hundreds of police reinforcements from Britain were deployed on Belfast's rubble-strewn streets on Saturday after Unionist riots over a blocked march left 32 officers, an MP and at least eight rioters wounded.
Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

U-turn over plans for uranium plant

by Our Foreign Desk Authorities in the Chinese city of Heshan scrapped a plan to build a uranium-processing plant on Saturday a day after hundreds of locals protested against it over safety concerns.
Pakistan teenager Malala Yousafzai does not want to be known as the girl the Taliban tried to kill but as "the girl who struggled for her rights," she said on Saturday.
Neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared by a Florida court on Saturday of murder or manslaughter over the shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

Bomb attacks kill dozens

At least 15 people were killed in cities across Iraq today night in a series of bomb attacks just before the end of the day-long Ramadan fast.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden possesses data that could prove far more "damaging" to the US government than anything ever before, but he has chosen not to release it, journalist Glenn Greenwald told an Argentinian newspaper at the weekend.
Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

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Saturday, 13 July 2013 00:00

Snowden in new bid for Russian asylum

Russian parliament member Vyacheslav Nikonov, who met US whistleblower Edward Snowden today, said after the meeting that the security analyst plans to apply for asylum in Russia for a second time.
Saturday, 13 July 2013 00:00

Brotherhood rallies in support of Morsi

Tens of thousands of supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood rallied in several cities today, waving pictures of Mohammed Morsi and chanting that the head of the military was a "traitor."
Saturday, 13 July 2013 00:00

Thousands attend Orange marches

Thousands of Orange Order members took part in more than 500 July 12 parades across Northern Ireland today.
Washington District Court Chief Judge Royce Lamberth ordered the US government today to stop cavity searches of Guantanamo Bay detainees.
Saturday, 13 July 2013 00:00

Union leads way with mass strike

Chile's largest trade union held a nationwide strike on Thursday to demand improved working conditions and tax reforms.
Rio De Janeiro police pummelled protesters with tear gas and sound cannon on Thursday night as Molotov cocktails and flares were thrown at officers.
Irish TDs overwhelmingly voted to back the country's first Bill on abortion today, legalising the practice in cases where doctors deem the woman's life at risk.
Saturday, 13 July 2013 00:00

Troops kill 13 in town shoot-out

Mexico: Authorities say Mexican soldiers have killed 13 gunmen during a clash in the northern state of Zacatecas.
Saturday, 13 July 2013 00:00

Prison guards restore order

Indonesia: Security forces regained control of a crowded prison today after inmates set fires and started a deadly riot that left five people dead and hundreds of prisoners on the loose.
Saturday, 13 July 2013 00:00

Military slammed for detaining child

Israel: Human rights group B'Tselem demanded today that the military must find another way to deal with young Palestinian stone-throwers.
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