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Op-Ed: Who is prisoner 345?

Sami Al-Hajj is prisoner 345 at the U.S. Detainment Center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has been on a hunger strike since January 7, 2007. He is a cameraman for Al Jazeera.

Paul Newman to retire

At age 82, Paul Newman says he will stop acting.

Myanmar extends Aung San Suu Kyi's detention

In spite of mounting pressure to release her and the hopes of human rights activists, the military regime of Myanmar has extended the detention of opposition democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Afghan head of al-Qaeda named

A videotape has been obtained by Al Jazeera that shows Mustafa Abu al-Yazid presenting himself as the leader of al Qaeda in Afghanistan.

Pakistan kidney thieves arrested

Nine people, including four doctors, were arrested in Pakistan for kidnapping people, drugging them and then stealing their kidneys for transplants.

Mounting pressure to free Aung San Suu Kyi

There is growing pressure on the military government of Myanmar to free Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained opposition leader. Her current term of house arrest is due to expire on Sunday.

Op-Ed: Courtney Love objects to shoe ads featuring Kurt Cobain

Courtney Love might auction off some of her late husband Kurt Cobain's things, but she doesn't want to give the image of Cobain away. She is furious over new ads featuring Cobain alongside other dead rockers.

Israel bombs Hamas leader's home

An Israeli air raid on the home of Khalil al-Hayya, a leader of Hamas, in the Gaza Strip killed at least eight people, according to a Hamas source and hospital officials.

Op-Ed: Former President Jimmy Carter Calls Bush "The Worst in History"

Former President Carter says President George W. Bush's administration is "the worst in history" in international relations. Carter recently blasted the Bush administration's policy of pre-emptive war and its "diplomacy" in the Middle East.

Global censorship of the Internet growing

State-led censorship of the Internet is growing internationally. This is the claim of a study of so-called Internet filtering by the Open Net Initiative.

Indian leaders in Brazil condemn pope

Indian leaders in Brazil are angry about comments by Pope Benedict that they had been "purified" by the Catholic church since Columbus arrived in the Americas in 1492.

Israeli soldiers ill after anthrax tests

Some Israeli soldiers have reportedly gotten tumors and infections after being used in tests by the Israeli military to develop an anthrax vaccine.

Photographs of a mummified fairy?

Photographs of a mummified fairy, supposedly found in Derbyshire, England, got a huge response. They have, however, been revealed as an April Fool's joke.

Women in jail in Afghanistan: equal rights?

When the Taliban were in power, Afghanistan was the most repressive regime in the world for women. Now the new constitution says that women and men are equal, but is this the case? Not for women in prison.

Saudi woman sues the moral police

A Saudi civil court is getting ready to hear the first ever case brought against the religious police, known as the Muttawa.

US admits to killing Afghan civilians

The US-led coalition forces admitted there were civilian casualties this week but said they happened during fighting with the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.

Pope gives Brazil its first saint

Pope Benedict gave Brazil its first saint and told Roman Catholics in Latin America to "defend the traditional family and spurn distorted media portrayals of life that glamorize hedonism."

Israel plans to build new homes in Arab East Jerusalem

Israel plans to build 20,000 new homes in Arab East Jerusalem, bringing condemnation from Palestinians who want the land for a future state.

Texas "body farm" put on hold because of buzzards

Texas State University's plan to build the nation's biggest "body farm" of cadavers is halted over concerns that buzzards could endanger nearby planes.

Helen Mirren "too busy" to meet the Queen

Actress Dame Helen Mirren, who received the best actress Oscar for playing the Queen, has declined an invitation to have dinner with the real Queen Elizabeth.
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