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Controversy around future hazardous waste recycling plant in Pavlodar

Construction of a hazardous waste recycling plant is planned in Pavlodar.

Controversy around future hazardous waste recycling plant in Pavlodar
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How do fake legs address Almaty's pothole problem?

Almaty activists have invented an unusual way to draw attention of the authorities to the problem of potholes in the city.

How do fake legs address Almaty's pothole problem?
Heavy jail terms for Chinese anti-graft trio: lawyer
Heavy jail terms for Chinese anti-graft trio: lawyer

Three Chinese anti-corruption activists were sentenced to up to six and a half years in prison on Thursday, a lawyer said, the latest in their grass-roots movement to be jailed despite an official drive against graft.

Heavy jail terms for Chinese anti-graft trio: lawyer
Global protest reads names of 100,000 Syria dead
Global protest reads names of 100,000 Syria dead

Activists began reading the names of 100,000 people killed in Syria outside UN headquarters on Monday, in a modest launch of what they hope will be a global protest.

Global protest reads names of 100,000 Syria dead
Daughter aims to spread 'true Islam' of executed Sudan activist
Daughter aims to spread 'true Islam' of executed Sudan activist

Almost three decades after peaceful Muslim activist Mahmoud Muhammad Taha was hanged for apostasy, his daughter plans to revive his Republican Party and spread his notion of "true Islam".

Daughter aims to spread 'true Islam' of executed Sudan activist
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China gay activists' message for Putin on Valentine's Day

A group of gay and lesbian activists staged a Valentine's Day kissing protest in Beijing Friday aimed at highlighting Russia's controversial anti-homosexuality laws.

China gay activists' message for Putin on Valentine's Day
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Thousands rally against shark cull in Australia

Thousands of people rallied across Australia Saturday against a controversial shark culling policy designed to prevent attacks, saying killing the marine animals was the not the answer.

Thousands rally against shark cull in Australia
Venezuela activists petition for same-sex marriage
Venezuela activists petition for same-sex marriage

Some 300 gay rights activists gathered -- holding hands, kissing and waving rainbow flags -- in front of Venezuela's parliament Friday to present a petition for same-sex marriage.

Venezuela activists petition for same-sex marriage
Umida Akhmedova. Photo courtesy of ca-news.org
Uzbek activists jailed for backing Ukrainian protests

An Uzbek court has sentenced a group of activists including a well-known photographer to 15-day prison sentences and fines for rallying in support of anti-government protests in Ukraine, the activists said.

Uzbek activists jailed for backing Ukrainian protests
Defiant Ukraine opposition refuses to back amnesty bill
Defiant Ukraine opposition refuses to back amnesty bill

Ukraine's opposition defiantly refused to back an amnesty bill that would free activists and ease the country's worst crisis since independence.

Defiant Ukraine opposition refuses to back amnesty bill
Brazil braces for World Cup protests
Brazil braces for World Cup protests

Brazil was bracing Saturday for a first wave of nationwide demonstrations against staging the World Cup after activists from the radical protest group Anonymous went on social media calling for action.

Brazil braces for World Cup protests
Ukraine police deny responsibility for gunshot deaths
Ukraine police deny responsibility for gunshot deaths

Ukrainian police have confirmed that two young men who died in the latest clashes with security forces were killed by gunshot wounds but denied responsibility for their deaths.

Ukraine police deny responsibility for gunshot deaths
Isa Shakhmarli. Photo courtesy of rferl.org
Azeri gay rights leader commits suicide

A leading Azerbaijani gays rights activist killed himself after writing in an online suicide note that he could not go on living in "this country and this world".

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Azeri gay rights leader commits suicide
Ukraine police move on protesters, activists say one dead
Ukraine police move on protesters, activists say one dead

Ukrainian police on Wednesday broke through the barricades built by protesters at the scene of clashes in Kiev as activists said that one person had been shot dead by the security forces.

Ukraine police move on protesters, activists say one dead
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Fugitive campaigner hails Japan anti-dolphin hunt messages

Fugitive eco-activist Paul Watson said Monday he hoped anti-dolphin hunting comments like those by US ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, would put pressure on Tokyo to halt the practice.

Fugitive campaigner hails Japan anti-dolphin hunt messages
Sea Shepherd catches Japanese fleet, four whales dead
Sea Shepherd catches Japanese fleet, four whales dead

Militant anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd said they had zeroed in on a Japanese fleet Monday and captured evidence that four whales had been slaughtered, alleging the ships were found inside a Southern Ocean sanctuary.

Sea Shepherd catches Japanese fleet, four whales dead
Mining threatens unique culture of Sweden's Samis
Mining threatens unique culture of Sweden's Samis

As winter approaches, the Samis of northern Sweden move thousands of reindeer down from the snow-covered mountains for lowland grazing. They have done so for centuries, but they wonder how much longer they can continue.

Mining threatens unique culture of Sweden's Samis
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Anti-whalers dismiss 'sham' Australian surveillance

Militant anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd on Monday dismissed as a "sham" Australian government plans to track Japan's annual whale hunt by air instead of by sea, saying it was a toothless and "cowardly" response.

Anti-whalers dismiss 'sham' Australian surveillance
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US actress pleads guilty to Obama, Bloomberg ricin plot

A 36-year-old actress from Texas on Tuesday pleaded guilty to mailing ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a gun control activist, federal prosecutors said.

US actress pleads guilty to Obama, Bloomberg ricin plot
Don't eat furry friends, activists urge Chinese diners
Don't eat furry friends, activists urge Chinese diners

Animal rights campaigners have launched a poster campaign urging Chinese diners to turn down cat and dog dishes, with the group calling for the creatures to be considered "friends not food".

Don't eat furry friends, activists urge Chinese diners