Man dies after Japan speed-eating contest

The man, whose name was withheld, died on November 16 in hospital three days after choking, said the local farmer’s cooperative that sponsored the event in the western city of Hikone. Contestants competed to see […]

Facebook ‘made China censorship tool’

The social network refused to confirm or deny the software’s existence, but said in a statement it was “spending time understanding and learning more” about China. Censorship concessions Since 2009, the only way to access […]

Sudan inflation rises to 19.6% in October

Sudan’s annual inflation rate rose to 19.6 percent in October from 18.32 percent in September as the price of foodstuffs and transportation climbed, the Central Statistics Office said on Tuesday. Prices have soared in Sudan […]

Egypt court quashes Mohammed Morsi life sentence

Since then, the authorities have launched a crackdown on Morsi’s now-banned Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, which has seen hundreds of people killed in clashes with security forces and tens of thousands imprisoned. In May […]

Turkey: Controversial bill on sexual assault withdrawn

Turkey’s government has withdrawn a controversial bill that could have overturned men’s convictions for child sex assault, following an angry public backlash. The controversial proposal sought to address whether all cases of marriage with people […]

US, Russia agree on Syria ceasefire plan

The United States and Russia reached a deal on a new Syrian ceasefire Friday, which, if it holds, could see the first joint military effort by the two powers against Islamic jihadists. US Secretary of […]

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