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A teenager has been found hanging from a tree
in a village in northern India, the fourth woman
to die in such a way in recent weeks in Uttar Pradesh
A post-mortem confirmed death by hanging, but
did not find she was raped as the 19-year-old's family
A day earlier, another woman's body was found
hanging from a tree in the state.
The gang rape and murder of two girls found in
similar circumstances last month sparked outrage.
Correspondents say more cases are now being report-
ed. Such attacks have long taken place in Uttar
Pradesh but recent outrage over sexual violence has
meant that many more cases are being reported to
police and getting media coverage.---BBC
Aliens almost certainly exist but humans should
avoid making contact, Professor Stephen Hawking
In a series for the Discovery Channel the renowned
astrophysicist said it was "perfectly rational" to
assume intelligent life exists elsewhere.
But he warned that aliens might simply raid Earth
for resources, then move on.
"If aliens visit us, the outcome would be much as
when Columbus landed in America, which didn't
turn out well for the Native Americans," he said.
Prof Hawking thinks that, rather than actively
trying to communicate with extra-terrestrials, humans
should do everything possible to avoid contact.
He explained: "We only have to look at ourselves
to see how intelligent life might develop into something
we wouldn't want to meet." ---BBC
US President Barack Obama says his government
is looking at "all options," including military action,
to help Iraq fight Islamist militants.
But the White House also insisted it had no intention
of sending ground troops.
The remarks came after the cities of Mosul and
Tikrit fell to Sunni Islamist insurgents during a lightning
A parliamentary vote to grant PM Nouri Maliki emer-
gency powers was delayed earlier after MPs failed to
turn up. Led by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant
(ISIS), the insurgents are believed to be planning to
push further south to the capital, Baghdad, and regions
dominated by Iraq's Shia Muslim majority, whom they
regard as "infidels."
Unconfirmed reports yesterday said Iraqi forces had
launched air strikes on Mosul and Tikrit targeting the
"There will be some short-term immediate things
that need to be done militarily," Mr Obama told reporters
at the White House as he met Australian Prime Minister
Tony Abbott. ---BBC
SAO PAULO---With a
nationwide wave of
excitement but also
wafts of tear gas, the
country that sees itself
as the artful soul of
football but is deeply conflicted about spending
billions of dollars on hosting its showcase tour-
nament kicked off one of the most troubled
World Cups ever. It started yesterday with the
home team in an opening match in a stadium
that was barely ready on time.
After a funky opening ceremony featuring J-
Lo in low-cut sparkling green and dancers dressed
as trees, Brazil's beloved national team, the star-
studded Seleção, embarked on the extremely seri-
ous business of conquering a sixth world title that
could assuage much---but not all---the public anger
about World Cup spending of US$11.5 billion in
a nation with tens of millions of poor.
Brazil's first opponent was Croatia. The all-
new Itaquerao stadium, which suffered chronic
delays and worker deaths in its construction, was
a sea of buttercup yellow, the color of the national
team. Brazilian fans were crossing fingers and toes
that this crop of stars will deliver not just victory
but football as art, the "Jogo bonito"---the beautiful
game---that was the hallmark of great Brazilian
teams of the past.
Even the football-loving Pope Francis got a
touch of World Cup fever. He sent a video message
on Brazilian television before the match, saying
that the world's most popular sport can promote
peace and solidarity by teaching the importance
of working hard to reach goals, fair play and team-
work, and respect and honour for opponents. (AP)
A Brazilian fan wears a Hulk mask before the
group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil
and Croatia, the opening match of the
tournament, in the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao
Paulo, Brazil, yesterday. AP PHOTO
It's finally here! Brazil
World Cup begins
Fourth woman hanged
in Uttar Pradesh
Stephen Hawking warns
over contacting aliens
Obama: All options open
to fight Iraq insurgents
Australia will face a difficult World
Cup group stage with matches against
three very talented sides in Spain, the
Netherlands and Chile. So in an
attempt to boost the nation s spirits
(and get some valuable World Cup
publicity), an Australian sportsbook
sent a hot-air balloon that looks like
Brazil s Christ the Redeemer statue
into the skies above Melbourne.
The 151-foot Jesus balloon wore an
Australia shirt with the words
"#KeepTheFaith" on the back. And
according to ABC News, it has "out-
raged some politicians and business
executives." Of course.
Rev Costello, the chair of the Aus-
tralian Churches Gambling Taskforce,
told Yahoo! Australia that the stunt
was an overreach and against the prin-
ciples Jesus stood.
"One of the great statues in Rio is
Jesus, and Brazil is a Catholic nation
that takes its faith seriously and its
football fanatically," Costello said.
"You don't exploit those things that
are sacred to people simply for your
own advertising reach and I think that
soccer as a world game should be sen-
sitive to that and certainly express their
disdain for these types of advertise-
In this photo a hot air balloon in the likeness of Brazil's Christ The Redeemer
statute, wearing the colors of Australia's soccer team floats over the Melbourne
skyline Tuesday. GETTY PHOTO
PARIS---A French court breached
freedom of expression laws when it
censured the glossy magazine Paris Match in
2005 for publishing photos and an article
about the illegitimate son of Prince Albert of
Monaco, Europe's human rights court ruled
The Strasbourg-based European Court of
Human Rights ruled that the article in which
"Ms C" alleged that the ruler of Monaco had
fathered her son, and photos of the prince
with the child, fell outside the sphere of
private life protected by French law.
"As this was an issue of political
significance, the court found that the public
had a legitimate interest in knowing of the
child's existence and being able to conduct a
debate on the possible implications for
political life in the Principality of Monaco,"
the court wrote.
Prince Albert sued Paris Match in May
2005 in a French court, which awarded him
50,000 euros (US$68,100) in damages. That
award was upheld in an appeals court.
After the original ruling, Prince Albert
issued a statement publicly acknowledging
that the child of Togolese-born air hostess
Nicole Coste was his. (Reuters)
Photos of Albert of Monaco's illegitimate son deemed legal
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