- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is concerned that Russia’s political climate lacks a “full political discussion” because opposition parties have so few seats in legislative bodies. He wants a new law granting any party that gathers 5% of the vote a seat in a government body.
- Vladimir Putin has dismissed the internet as “50% porn.”
- Romania’s joining the European Union has a downside. Because of the ease of travel restrictions, Romania is now Europe’s top supplier of prostitutes, replacing Russia.
- Cane toads are a real problem in Australia, but it may be less of a problem now. China wants to import the toads for their meat, the organs for traditional medicine and the poison as a modern medical drug. The exporter said that people can just pick them up like aluminum cans to a drop-off site for export.
- Venezuela has shut down an anti-Chavez cable channel because it refused to televise a Hugo Chavez speech.
- “On the Internet question, China doesn’t need any lessons from the United States on what to do or how,” said Beijing Association of Online Media Chairman Min Dahong.
- With Haiti on everyone’s mind, what about “Baby Doc?” Deposed Haitian President Jean-Claude Duvalier, left Haiti in 1988 with hundreds of millions. It is all gone now. He lives in a small flat in Paris, divorced from his wife and living on handouts from supporters. Duvalier, only 58, still dreams of returning to Haiti.
- The Bank of the Vatican has been accused of money laundering.
- Icelanders rioted at their Parliament over the economic crisis.
- Boris Yeltsin’s daughter is making Vladimir Putin uncomfortable with her blog.
- Astronauts now have an internet connection from space.
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