Adiós Diego: Argentine Judges Cleanse The Internet

Since 2006, Internet users in Argentina have been blocked from searching for information about some of country's most notable individuals. Over 100 people have successfully secured temporary restraining orders that direct Google and Yahoo! Argentina to scrub the results of search queries. The list of censorship-seeking celebrities includes judges, public officials, models and actors, as well as the world-cup soccer star and national team head coach Diego Maradona.

Both Yahoo! and Google have implemented the court-order mandated filtering, although only Yahoo! has implemented complete blocking of all results for specific names. Both search engines have appealed the numerous restraining orders, and in a few cases, the firms have been fined for not sufficiently complying with some of the courts' censorship demands.

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DRC: UN's Ban Ki-moon Visits Displaced Congolese in Kibati Camp

KIBATI, Democratic Republic of the Congo, March 2 (UNHCR) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pledged to help thousands of displaced people during a visit to a camp in the troubled Congolese province of North Kivu.

"You have the right to receive all the assistance [you need]," Ban told displaced people on Sunday at Kibati I camp, which is located some 15 kilometres north of the provincial capital, Goma. "As UN Secretary-General, I will do my best to give you assistance," he added during a meeting organized by UNHCR. UNHCR Gimme Shelter Campaign
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Farewell To The Invaders, Welcome To The Taliban

Afghanistan: chaos central - by Chris Sands

As the summer of 2005 began its slow fade into autumn, a piece of newspaper wrapped around a kebab said Osama bin Laden had moved to Iraq. It seemed everyone had forgotten there was a war on here. American soldiers used those remaining days of sunshine to buy carpets in Kabul’s Chicken Street bazaar, not caring when they were charged over the odds. Elsewhere, mercenaries downed cheap Russian vodka in phoney restaurants before wandering up a few stairs to sleep with Chinese prostitutes whose pimps bribed local government officials. The brothels were often in the same neighbourhoods as the mansions that militia commanders were building themselves with CIA funds and drug money.

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Why the Japanese Hate the iPhone

Apple's iPhone has wowed most of the globe — but not Japan, where the handset is selling so poorly it's being offered for free.

What's wrong with the iPhone, from a Japanese perspective? Almost everything: the high monthly data plans that go with it, its paucity of features, the low-quality camera, the unfashionable design and the fact that it's not Japanese.

In an effort to boost business, Japanese carrier SoftBank this week launched the "iPhone for Everybody" campaign, which gives away the 8-GB model of the iPhone 3G if customers agree to a two-year contract.

"The pricing has been completely out of whack with market reality," said Global Crown Research analyst Tero Kuittinen in regard to Apple's iPhone prices internationally. "I think they [Apple and its partners overseas] are in the process of adjusting to local conditions."

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A Macaque Model of HIV Infection

“We can quite accurately recapitulate the early stages of infection.” Paul D. Bieniasz

Researchers have taken a major step toward developing a better animal model of human AIDS. Such a model could greatly improve researchers’ ability to evaluate potential strategies for preventing and treating the disease.

Researchers have lacked a reliable animal model in which to study HIV infection, because the virus replicates poorly in most other animals. But now a team assembled by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator Paul D. Bieniasz of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center (ADARC) has genetically modified the human virus so that it can infect a species of rhesus monkeys. Viral infection in the monkeys mimics the early stages of HIV infection in humans.

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President of Guinea-Bissau Assassinated

(CNN) -- The president of Guinea-Bissau was assassinated Monday morning, a day after an explosion killed the head of the West African country's military, the prime minister said.

It was not immediately clear how President Joao Bernardo Vieira, 69, died. Prime Minister Carlos Gomes confirmed the death to CNN.

Early Monday, gunfire and rocket explosions that lasted for about an hour were heard near the presidential palace in the capital, Bissau, according to local media. Looting was later reported at the presidential palace.

Army spokesman Zamora Induta said an aide to the president was killed during the gunfire.

He added that the gunmen remained at-large and that a 10-member-commission will manage the army until a new chief of staff is named.

The army, he said, will remain neutral.

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President of Guinea-Bissau Said To Be Killed By Soldiers

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CONAKRY, Guinea: Army troops shot dead João Bernardo Vieira, the president of neighboring Guinea-Bissau, early on Monday following a bomb attack that killed the army chief of staff, according to diplomats in the region..

News reports said army troops blamed the president for the death of the army chief, General Batista Tagme Na Wai, who died in an explosion on Sunday night.

Diplomats, who spoke in return for anonymity under customary rules, said the president was killed at around 5 a.m. in an attack outside his house and the country's borders had been closed. "Nobody knows who is in charge," one diplomat said. "Nobody knows what the army will do."

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Stop The War In North Kivu

How many people have to die in the DRC to appear in the New York Times?

Stealth Conflicts suggests this is the death toll comparison between the conflict in the DRC and the Palestine-Israeli conflict. I am sure that this estimation (based on known figures) is very close to the real figure.

We live in a globalized world, where any information shows up on a webpage in a matter of minutes. But the DRC rarely appears in the frontpage of the most important newspapers. With its absence, the media are sending us a message: depending on where you are born, your life is worth more, or less.

This is so evidently unfair and painful.

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Congo-Kinshasa: North Kivu Governor Extols Joint Military Operation

By James Karuhanga

Goma — The Governor of North Kivu Province, Monday poured praise the now concluding joint DRC-Rwanda military offensive against FDLR elements, castigating those he accused of aiming at fuelling friction between the two sister countries.

Julien Kahongya Paluku said this in an exclusive interview with The New Times, yesterday at his lakeside offices in the provincial capital Goma in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC).

During the interview, the Governor stressed that things are very good ever since the armies of DRC and Rwanda started working together to hunt FDLR and destroy their bases in the eastern part of his country.

The FDLR (Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda) is a group of Rwandan insurgents who masterminded the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and have been operating in Congo for the last 15 years.

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US Economy Suffers Sharp Nosedive

The US economy shrank by 6.2% in the last three months of 2008, official figures have shown, a far sharper fall than had previously been reported.

Plunging exports and the biggest fall in consumer spending in 28 years dragged the figure down from the 3.8% estimate the government gave earlier.

The decline was much worse than analysts had expected.

In 2008 as a whole, the economy grew by 1.1%, the slowest pace since 2001. The Dow Jones was down 1.6% in early trade.

Recession warning

Consumer spending, which accounts for about two-thirds of domestic economic activity, fell by a rate of 4.3% in the final quarter - the biggest fall since the second quarter of 1980. This was a revision of the earlier figure of 3.5%.

With rising unemployment, sliding home values, increasing numbers of repossessions and the slumping value of investments, observers say many US consumers are hanging on to whatever disposable cash they have.

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