Issue: March 22, 2006   (Archive)
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Toronto schools risk Beijing rage
Canada's largest school district ended a planned partnership with China's government-funded Confucius Institute, a move likely to irritate Beijing just days before Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to visit.

Blazing anger erupts over president
Thousands of protesters stormed Burkina Faso's parliament and ransacked state television yesterday, forcing it off the air ahead of a planned vote on a motion to allow veteran President Blaise Compaore to extend his 27-year rule.

Jerusalem on boil as cops kill suspect
Israeli police shot dead a Palestinian suspected of an assassination attempt on a hardline campaigner for Jewish prayer rights at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Thai fruit giant feeling sour as case dismissed
A Thai court dismissed a defamation charge against a British activist in a case linked to a report he co-authored alleging severe labor abuses in Thailand's food industry, a key supplier to Western supermarkets.

Lion City blow to challenge on gay rights
Singapore's highest court dismissed a constitutional challenge against an archaic law criminalizing sex between men, striking a fresh new to the city- state's growing gay-rights movement.

Russian gas pressure mounting
Ukraine and Russia were trying to find common ground in EU-mediated talks aimed at ending a months-long gas supply cut that threatens much of Europe this winter.

New blow as Russia backs rebel election
Russia says it will recognize separatist polls in Ukraine this weekend, fueling tensions with the country's newly elected pro-Western leaders as they negotiate on forming a coalition government.

Tory takes Toronto from Ford
Toronto voters replaced their notorious mayor, Rob Ford, and rejected an attempt by his brother to take the top job, electing instead a conservative who promised to unite a city divided by four years of scandal and vitriol.

Death urged for captain
Prosecutors have demanded the death penalty for the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank in April, branding him an unrepentant liar who abandoned the more than 300 people who died in the disaster.

Chief hangs on despite three strikes
Tokyo has defended its under-fire industry minister as he faces further questions over political funding, which follows a bondage-bar scandal and criticism over an investment in the crippled Fukushima atomic plant's operator.

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