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Australian media inquiry calls for new regulator

By Fri, Mar 02, 2012 6:15AM UTC

SYDNEY (AP) — An inquiry into Australia’s media has recommended the establishment of a government-funded council to set and enforce journalistic standards. The investigation was launched after News Corp. closed its top-selling British tabloid News of the World last year over illegal phone hacking allegations. News Corp. owns 70 percent

Gunmen in Philippines wound radio commentator

By Fri, Mar 02, 2012 4:00AM UTC

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Two motorcyle-riding gunmen have shot and wounded a radio commentator in the central Philippines in the latest attack on journalists in the country. Senior Police Inspector Stephen Somosot says Fernando Gabio was outside his home in Iloilo city on Friday when the assailants fired three shots,

New Zealand’s quake-hit cathedral to be demolished

By Fri, Mar 02, 2012 2:45AM UTC

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Anglican church officials in New Zealand say an iconic cathedral in downtown Christchurch must be demolished because earthquakes damaged it beyond repair. ChristChurch Cathedral is the city’s best-known building, but its climbable spire collapsed in the February 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people and destroyed

Old mortar shell wounds 11 Cambodian children

By Thu, Mar 01, 2012 8:10PM UTC

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — An old mortar shell exploded as children played with it in their Cambodian schoolroom, and 11 students were wounded. Preah Vihear province police chief Mao Pov said the 60mm shell exploded when a student placed it on the floor and hit it with a rock

Malaysia court rejects appeal of gay festival ban

By Thu, Mar 01, 2012 6:04PM UTC

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s High Court on Thursday dismissed a bid by activists to challenge a police ban on a gay arts festival, in a rare legal case involving gay rights in the Muslim-majority nation. Organizers of the “Sexual Independence” festival had hoped to overturn a ban imposed

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