The last of last year’s world news

As always, these are the stories that caught my eye. Some things will be omitted. And screw the US fiscal cliff. That is not news here.

Also, a note to the gang-raping SOB’s in India – I hope you burn for it.

Afghanistan

Afghan Policewoman Shoots Dead Foreign Adviser (The Moderate Voice) — “oooops!” Does not cover this.

Argentina

Argentine mom rescues hundreds of sex slaves (ontd_political) – Don’t I feel like a slacker.

Bahrain

Bahrain Police “Slap” Video Goes Viral (Global Voices)

No Haven for Citizen Journalists in Bahrain (Global Voices)

Central African Republic

Who Wants to Overthrow Central African Republic President François Bozizé? (Global Voices)

Rebel Attacks on Ndélé and Bria, Central African Republic (Global Voices)

China

China Considers Real Name Registration for All Internet Users (Global Voices)

International Fast Food Chains Involved in China’s Chicken Scandal (Global Voices)

Egypt

Egypt Adopts New Constitution as Opposition Cries Foul (The Moderate Voice)

First Nations

Indigenous ‘Idle No More’ Movement Sweeps Canada (Global Voices)

‘Idle No More’: Hunger-striking Attawapiskat chief vows to ‘die’ for her people as aboriginal protes (Ontd_political)

One Heartbeat: Idle No More Prepares To Drum Across North America (Racialicious)

Ghana

Opposition NPP Takes Ghana Presidential Election Results to Court (Global Voices)

Guatemala

Mayan Priests denied access to Guatemala ceremonial sites (Boing BOing)

India

Delhi Gang Rape Victim’s Death Prompts Vigils Across India (Global Voices)

India Debates Capital Punishment for Rape (Global Voices)

Indian Teen Kills Self After Pressed to Drop Rape Case (The Moderate Voice)

Indian State Plans 65 All-Women Police Stations (The Moderate Voice)

Indian Gang-Rape Victim Dies in Singapor (The Moderate Voice)

Kuwait

Jailed Kuwait Stateless Activist Tweets Torture Ordeal (Global Voices)

Macedonia

Journalists, Opposition Thrown Out of Macedonian Parliament Amid Street Protests (Global Voices)

Mexico

The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Got Its Way in Mexico (NY Times)

Mexico Drug War Leaves 20,000 Missing: Repo (The Moderate Voice)

Mexico: Federal Court Halts Controversial Wind Park (Global Voices)

Nepal

Delhi’s Rape Case Stirs Movement for Justice in Nepal (Global Voices)

Pakistan

Balochistan Gets a Military Operation On Christmas Eve (Global Voices)

Russia

Russia’s Image Smeared By Law Punishing Orphans (Kommersant, Russia) (the Moderate Voice)

This December, Russia’s Kids Aren’t Alright (Global Voices)

Putin Signs Law Banning US Adoptions (The Moderate Voice)

Russian Press ‘Duped’, Ejected, as Bill Halting U.S. Adoptions Goes Ahead (Moskovskij Komsomolets, Russia) (The MOderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Massive Police Presence on “Friday for Detainees” in Saudi Arabia (Global Voices)

Saudi Activist Trial Hearing Concludes (Global Voices)

Saudi Writer Arrested for Controversial Tweets (Global Voices)

Singapore

Rohingya Refugees Rejected by Singapore (Global Voices)

South Korea

Former Dictator’s Daughter Elected As President of South Korea (Global Voices)

South Korea elects first female president (Ontd_political)

Sri Lanka

Update on Sri Lanka Judiciary-Executive clash (Law and Other Things)

Swaziland

Swazi police ban ‘rape-provoking’ miniskirts. (TW: sexual assault/rape) (ontd_political)

Syria

UN Envoy’s Vision of Hell in Syria (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UK Pirate Party drops its Pirate Bay proxy after legal bullying; international Pirate Parties take up the slack (Boing Boing)

Yemen

Yemen’s Long Awaited Army Restructure (Global Voices)

Two US Drone Strikes in Yemen for Christmas (Global Voices)

Yemen’s Second Life March Attacked (Global Voices)

News on the Earth goes round and round

You know what’s harder than keeping track of what’s happening in the world today? Thinking up new and unusual titles for said round up. Pretty soon we’re going to be doing dated “world news roundup” posts, and *then* my muses will be sorry.

Then again, probably not. Muses have no shame.

European Union

E.coli strain gripping Europe is rare and ‘super toxic’ (ontd_political)

Olympics

Iranian women’s national soccer team banned from Olympic qualifying tournament (msnbc)

United Nations

UN report says 3 Strikes copyright termination is illegal (Boing Boing)

Australia

Teenager joins in class action over false arrests (Sydney Morning Herald)

Fair Work Australia rules in favour of $19.40 pay rise for lowest earner (ontd_political)

Rape victim to sue Australian Government after being jailed in UAE for adultery (ontd_political)

Australia’s misplaced it’s X-Files (ontd_political)

Bahrain

Bahrain protests: Trial opens for 47 doctors and nurses (ontd_political)

Canada

Canadian Senate page disrupts Parliament’s opening with STOP HARPER sign (Boing Boing)

And the BAMF Of The Month Award goes to . . . (ontd_political)

School suspends student for refusing to remove personal animation from YouTube, threatens other students for petitioning on his behalf (boing boing)

Egypt

Workers and Women Fight for Their Share of Egypt’s Revolution (ontd_political)

Fury over advert claiming Egypt revolution as Vodafone’s (ontd_political)

Egypt: “Virginity tests will spark next revolution” (Boing Boing)

France

The problem with Christine Lagarde (ontd_political)

French MP on gay marriage: ‘Why not legalise bestiality?’ (ontd_political)

Germany

Police vultures (Boing Boing)

Gautemala

U.S. syphilis experiment in Guatemala “infected 1,300” (Global Post)

India

Baba Ramdev’s fast looms over government (ontd_political)

Iran

Anonymous makes off with scanned passports from Iran, 10k e-mails (Ars Technica)

Iranian women’s national soccer team banned from Olympic qualifying tournament (msnbc)

Iran: Blogger Hossein Derakshan’s appeal denied for 19.5 year prison sentence (boing boing)

Italy

Berlusconi is the nation (ontd_political)

Japan

Japan: League of elder heroes volunteer to clean up Fukushima, instead of young folks
(Boing boing)

Radiation released at Fukushima double the original estimate (ontd_political)

Kuwait

Men should be allowed sex slaves and female prisoners could do the job – and all this from a WOMAN (ontd_political)

Lybia

Alleged Libyan rape victim deported from Qatar back to Libya (ontd_political)

Libya: welcome, Maya Mohamed Nabbous (newborn daughter of slain internet journalist) (boing boing)

Libya: Gaddafi used rape as a weapon, gave troops Viagra, says ICC prosecutor (boing boing)

Macedonia

Macedonia erupts after young man beaten to death by special police in public square (boing boing)

Mexico

Mexico: 500 migrants found in trucks in Chiapas (ontd_political)

Mexico returns 400 of 513 migrants found in trucks (ontd_political)

Mozambique

Mozambique Vaccinates to Reduce Measles Deaths (Discovery News)

Netherlands

96-year-old woman confesses to 1946 murder (ontd_political)

Peru

Ollanta Humala’s win is a promise to Peru’s poor (ontd_political)

Poland

Polish soldiers acquitted in Afghanistan war crimes trial (ontd_political)

Photos: President Obama in Poland (white house)

Qatar

Alleged Libyan rape victim deported from Qatar back to Libya (ontd_political)

Serbia

Ratko Mladic, truculent and smirking, faces his accusers at The Hague (ontd_political)

Mladic in The Hague (Boing Boing)

Spain

Political passion and pragmatism meet in Spain protests (ontd_political)

Contortionist thief hid in luggage checked on airport shuttle bus (boing boing)

Syria

Syria: internet services shut down as protesters fill streets for “Children’s Friday” (Boing Boing)

‘Gay girl in Damascus’ blogger feared kidnapped (ontd_political)

Kidnapped blogger = hoax? (ontd_political)

UAE

Rape victim to sue Australian Government after being jailed in UAE for adultery (ontd_political)

Uganda

Ugandan woman branded by iron over sexuality faces deportation from UK (ontd_political)

Ukraine

Vice speaker of Ukrainian Parliament throttles deputy (boing boing)

United Kingdom

Young Londoners still don’t feel police are on their side (Guardian)

Ugandan woman branded by iron over sexuality faces deportation from UK (ontd_political)

Queen decorates Nepali for Afghanistan heroics (ontd_political)

“Not Ever” Ad Campaign to Attempt to Inject some HUMANITY into the World (ontd_political)

Vince Cable to warn GMB against co-ordinated strikes (ontd_political)

How higher tuition fees will cost the government more (ontd_political)

The human cost of welfare reform (ontd_political)

PM hits back over Archbishop of Canterbury’s criticism of welfare reforms (ontd_political)

Breaking News: Tory MP arrested on suspicion of sexual assault (ontd_political)

Venezuela

In a first, Venezuela suspends driver’s license (Reuters)

Yemen

Yemen: Civil war hits President Ali Abdullah Saleh (Boing Boing)

Thousands flee Yemeni capital as battles rage (ontd_political)