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Gender, death, monkeys and cows at Pashupatinath and Swayambunath

At Pashupatinath on  Bagmati River, hundreds of monkeys roam freely while groups of mourners wash the feet of recently departed loved ones in the river and prepare them for cremation. Like the...

Air pollution in Kathmandu off the charts

By 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) deemed it the most polluted city in Asia. If you want to make a difference, Kathmandu's a good place to start.

Dogs of Kathmandu

Twenty-five thousand strays roam the streets of Kathmandu, but that's not all this story's about.

Blogger given three year sentence in Egypt for dissent

Is this the form of democracy we must expect from the new Egypt? A military court has passed a three-year jail sentence on the blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad, Reporters Without Borders, says.  Sanad...

Breaking news on the Huffington Post?

On April Fool's Day, Arianna Huffington spoofs The New York Times' new digital pay wall, but is it funny?

Why the site crashed yesterday and other VO news

Yesterday, the site shut down for five hours. This happened under the pressure of a huge surge in traffic.  Finally, we upgraded to a larger server and acquired new speed and capacity.  We...

Keith Ellison's America

It all came back to me as I watched Rep. Keith Ellison, a Democrat from Minnesota, testify in front of The House Homeland Security Committee. The committee is embarking on an "inquiry" the "...

CRTC digs in heels on UBB

A letter from OpenMedia this morning explains that the fight against internet user based billing isn't over. Here's what you can do.

Stop the meter on internet usage

Here's how to tell the government that you don't want Telus and Shaw charging internet usage fees. Keep the internet free in Canada. Sign Open Media's petition.

Sarah Palin Facebook wall rages with recrimination after Giffords shooting

“What happened to Fire and Reload? Are your maps updated yet Mrs. Palin?” asked one commenter.
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