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Laurie Penny: That’s enough politeness – women need to rise up in anger

International Women’s Day began as a day of rebellion and outlandish demands – Equal pay! Votes for women! Reproductive rights! – but 101 years later, judging by the invitations in my email inbox, it seems to be more about jazzy corporate lunches, poetry competitions and praising our valued sponsors. At the UN, in a session on body image and the ...

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India explodes with colour for Holi

The festival of Holi marked by the throwing of coloured water and powder at each other is underway. Holi marks the beginning of spring and is primarily observed in India, Nepal and countries with large Indic diasporas. Al Jazeera’s Sohail Rahman reports from the idyllic location of Barsana in Uttar Pradesh state which draws visitors from across India and beyond ...

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Scientists survey seabed fractured by Japan quake

Yokohama: Scientists today launched a mission to the seabed off Japan where a massive quake triggered last year’s devastating tsunami, to get their first proper look at the buckled ocean floor. Researchers from Germany and Japan are sending high-tech vehicles to probe the seabed up to 7,000 metres below the surface where the massive seismic shock hit last March. “We ...

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Solar storm headed toward Earth may disrupt power

The largest solar flare in five years is racing toward Earth, threatening to unleash a torrent of charged particles that could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights. The sun erupted Tuesday evening, and the effects should start smacking Earth around 6 a.m. CST Thursday, according to forecasters at the federal government’s Space Weather Prediction Center. They say…

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Afghanistan: Britain’s 400 fallen visualised

How can a newspaper do justice to the 400 British dead in Afghanistan? Design vies with space when the numbers involved are so large. Using Datablog data, designer Kari-Ruth Pedersen created this memorial page for the newspaper and has added in the soldiers named by the Ministry of Defence today. Click on the image below to view it full screen ...

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Indian growth falters along with Congress

Mar 9, 2012 Indian growth falters along with Congress By Robert M Cutler MONTREAL – Poor election results for India’s ruling Congress party, including a crushing defeat for heir apparent Rahul Gandhi, offer little hope it will have the strength to push through policies to boost slowing economic growth while curbing persistently high inflation that is hurting voters’ in their ...

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Annan urges end to Syria violence, minister defects

CAIRO/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League envoy to Syria, said on Thursday he would urge President Bashar al-Assad and his foes to stop fighting and seek a political solution, drawing angry rebukes from dissidents. Kofi Annan, the U.N.-Arab League Special Envoy on Syria, attends an after-meeting with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Al Araby at the Arab League headquarters ...

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Wall St rises on optimism Greek deal near

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wall Street opened higher on Thursday as strong uptake by investors in Greece’s debt swap fed optimism a deal could be completed by a deadline later in the day, staving off a messy default. A Greek official said the percentage of debtholders accepting a deal was very high, adding the government was hopeful ahead of a ...

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China blocking Airbus orders over carbon tax: company

AFP – China has blocked purchases of Airbus planes by Chinese companies in reaction to a disputed European carbon tax, the head of the Airbus parent company EADS said on Thursday. “Airbus is subjected to retaliation measures,” EADS chief executive Louis Gallois told a press conference as he presented annual results, adding: “The Chinese government rejects (refuses) to approve airlines’ ...

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Sarkozy to quit politics if he loses re-election bid

REUTERS – French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Thursday he would fight with everything he has to win a second term but will bow out of politics if he loses an April-May election. Sarkozy, who is badly lagging Socialist challenger Francois Hollande in opinion polls six weeks before the first round of voting, said Hollande’s lack of ministerial or international ...

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