Aung San Suu Kyi Allowed To Leave House Arrest

November 4, 2009 - For the fist time in 14 years Aung San Suu Kyi has been allowed to leave house arrest to meet Kurt Campbell and Scot Marciel, the highest level US diplomats to visit Burma since 1995.

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, the leader of the opposition National League for Democracy party (NLD) has become an international symbol of resistance in the face of oppression.

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Double blow for Obama as Republicans win Virginia and New Jersey

November 4, 2009 - Republicans retake governorship of Virginia and oust Democratic governor in New Jersey on day of elections across the US (by Ewen MacAskill in Washington for guardian.co.uk)

Barack Obama suffered a double blow last night when the Republicans secured stunning victories in the first electoral test since he won the White House a year ago.

The Republicans celebrated a comeback that reverses a trend of Democratic victories stretching back to 2005, winning the governorship of Virginia, the state where Obama's victory last year in the presidential race was one of the high points of his campaign.

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2012: Sorry But Due To Budget Restriction, Apocalypse Has Been Delayed

Since the release, one year ago, of the first trailer of 2012, the disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich, scientific newspapers have received thousands of inquiries about the galactic alignment supposed to occur on December 21, 2012 and whether or not a galactic or planetary alignment could cause any kind of major disaster.

The "2012 theory" that inspired the movie was already popular on the internet years before Roland Hemmerich and Harald Kloser started writing their screenplay.

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Agassi "High" On Tennis Courts

Oct. 28, 2009 - The American tennis player Andre Agassi, winner of eight Grand Slams, reveals in his autobiography "Open" that in 1997, when his career went into decline, he used crystal meth (methamphetamine) as a stimulant during games.

"I can not talk about addiction, but many people would say that if you use something as a way of escape, you have a problem," said Agassi in an interview that can be read on People website.

In "Open", as the book is titled, Agassi recounts how he began taking drugs, his troubled marriage to actress Brooke Shields and how he eventually found love with his current wife, German tennis player Steffi Graf.

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Scientologists Convicted Of Fraud By A French Court

Oct. 28, 2009 - A French court has convicted the Church of Scientology of fraud, but stopped short of banning the group from operating in France.

Two branches of the group's operations and several of its leaders in France have been fined.

The case came after complaints from two women, one of whom said she was manipulated into paying more than 20,000 euros (£18,100) in the 1990s.

A Scientology spokesman told the BBC the verdict was "all bark and no bite".

France regards Scientology as a sect, not a religion.

Prosecutors had asked for the group's French operations to be dissolved and more heavily fined, but a legal loophole prevented any ban.

Instead, a Paris judge ordered the Church's Celebrity Centre and a bookshop to pay a 600,000-euro fine.

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Web.py: The Ideal Way To Build Python Web Applications

Based on Python Programming Language web.py is a framework that makes web applications development easy.

web.py was originally published while Aaron Swartz worked at reddit.com, where the site used it as it grew to become one of the top 1000 sites according to Alexa and served millions of daily page views. "It's the anti-framework framework. web.py doesn't get in your way," explained founder Steve Huffman. (The site was rewritten using other tools after being acquired by Condé Nast.)

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Elisapie Isaac: There Will Be Stars

"There will be Stars” is the new work of Inuk singer, composer, filmmaker Elisapie Isaac. This, her first solo recording, is the much anticipated follow up to the internationally acclaimed, award winning duo Taima which she co-founded with guitarist / composer Alain Auger in 2001.

“There will be Stars” is not so much an album as a seduction from somewhere distant, somewhere other worldly. Sometimes full of joy, sometimes lined with melancholy, at times pop, at times folk, at times sung poems from the north - is it Polar pop? Arctic Electric? New cool? Elisapie Isaac was born of an Inuk mother and a Newfoundland father. She was adopted at birth by an Inuit family and was raised in the isolated community Salluit, Nunavik - the Great North.

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UK: Government Anti-Terrorism Strategy 'Spies' On Innocent

The government programme aimed at preventing Muslims from being lured into violent extremism is being used to gather intelligence about innocent people who are not suspected of involvement in terrorism, the Guardian has learned.

The information the authorities are trying to find out includes political and religious views, information on mental health, sexual activity and associates, and other sensitive information, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Other documents reveal that the intelligence and information can be stored until the people concerned reach the age of 100.

Tonight Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, branded it the biggest spying programme in Britain in modern times and an affront to civil liberties.

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Pakistan hit by another deadly bomb blast

Oct. 12, 2009 After a suicide attack against a UN building on last Monday, a bomb in central Peshawar that killed 53 people on Friday and an audacious assault on the Pakistani military headquarters in Rawalpindi this week-end, the Talibans struck again today when at least 41 people were killed in a suicide car bombing targeting an army vehicle in the north-western district of Shangla.

Shangla lies east of Swat, which has been the focus of an intense military offensive against the Taliban. The army says it has largely cleared the valley of the insurgents. Many of the Taliban are believed to have melted into the rural areas or gone to neighbouring districts.

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Would You Like Another Piece Of Phil Ivey?

This November, Phil Ivey will try to win his first WSOP Main Event bracelet, and the first prize worth $8,500.000!

Although Phil already earned 7 WSOP bracelets (the last one was the 2009 $2,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball Event obtained a few months ago), he never won yet the No Limit Hold'Em Main Event, his highest finish was his 10th place in 2003.

But this year, he has reached the final table, and when the tournament resumes on November 9, he will be one of the favorites, even with his “short stacks” of 9,765,000 chips.

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