World News that Ain’t No Joke

Happy April Fool’s Day.
I really wish that some of the stories below *were* hoaxes. Sadly, they’re not.


‘Mr president, I want an answer’ (Al-Jazeera)

World News: U.S. Pays ‘Blood Money’ to Afghan Shooting Victims’ Families (


Austrian saws off own foot to avoid work – report (Reuters)


Less range but more space for lasting change (Ontd_political)

Australia’s hidden stash of censored books (Boing Boing)

Australia’s government won’t disclose its secret copyright meetings because knowing what went on isn’t in the public interest (Boing Boing)


Massive Protest in Quebec Against Tuition Fees Hikes (ontd_political)

Miss Universe Canada disqualifies Vancouver-based transsexual contestant

Ontario Appeal Court nixes brothel ban; gives government one year to rewrite law (ontd_political)

Canadian Penny Killed in Canada (ontd_political)

Canadian cops want to add a spying tax to phone bills to pay for warrantless wiretapping (Boing Boing)


Landmark ruling for LGBT rights in Chile (Boing Boing)


China’s ageing population and the “demographic time-bomb” (Boing BOing)

Anonymous set of photos labelled “Pics from a Chinese gangsters phone” show torture, cars, puppies, piles of money (Boing Boing)


Alleged Islamic militant suspected of murdering children and their Rebbe, is dead in France after standoff (The Moderate Voice)


Pirate Party wins seats in second German state (boing BOing)

German man accused of injuring child with poisoned chocolate bunny (Boing Boing)


In economically devastated Greece, internet-enabled barter economy rises (Boing Boing)

Greece Has Two Problems: (i) Who Is Going to Eat the Losses on Its Current Debt? (ii) How Is It Going to Balance Its Trade and Its Government Finances Going Forward? (Brad deLong)


Narendra Modi: India’s Next Prime Minister? (The Moderate Voice)


Venice Sinking More Than Previously Thought (Discovery News)


U.S. Transcripts on Fukushima ‘Shame’ Japanese Leadership (Too Nippo Shimbun, Japan) (The MOderate Voice)


Mexico hit by magnitude 7.6 quake (updated) (Boing Boing)

Strong Quake Strikes Near Acapulco (The Moderate Voice)

The Netherlands

Dutch Catholic Church accused of castrating 10 young men (Boing Boing)

North Korea

U.S. President Has ‘Misperception’ About ‘Peaceful’ Satellite Launch (Korean Central News Agency, North Korea) (The Moderate Voice)


Norway’s new Minister of International Development is a D&D champ who thinks LARPs can change the worlds (Boing Boing)

Oglala Sioux

Oglala Sioux press suit to shut down illegal sale of 4.5 million cans of beer to


National Anti-Gay Bill Submitted to Russian Duma (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Stephen Fry and Ian McKellen pay to save The Hobbit pub from trademark trolls (Boing Boing)

London thinktank has already lofted a fleet of swarming file-sharing drones (Boing Boing)

UK tories embroiled in Cornish Pasty row (Boing Boing)

UK MPs recommend laws compelling Google to censor search results (Boing Boing) — really? The UK is turning into China…?

Tory MP complains of Gurkhas “sitting” and “wandering” in his town (ontd_political)

Virgin Islands

Gay cruise not so gay after two arrested on “buggery” in Caribbean (Boing Boing)


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