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Your World in 10 - April 28, 2012 Edition

Human Rights

1. Blind Chinese activist escapes



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Chen Guangcheng, a blind activist who helped defend poor village women against forced abortions, suffered 4 years in prison and 18 months under house arrest.
In a daring escape, he fled house detention and is now hiding "somewhere in Beijing." In a video posted on the internet, Chen finally had a chance to tell his tale of persecution and state brutality.
Read on CNN.



Desaparecidos

2. Why did the Army take Jonas Burgos?



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The Burgos family is not denying Jonas's links to the communist underground. The military is not denying that Burgos is Ka Ramon. But it is denying it had anything to do with his enforced disappearance. Yet the story we related above is based on all the testimonies and documents provided by eyewitnesses, ex-rebels, current rebels, police officials, and military officers both to the Commission on Human Rights and the Court of Appeals.

Exclusive on Rappler.




Terrorist

3. Ex-CIA interrogator defends torture



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Former CIA officer Jose Rodriguez justified interrogation tactics such as sleep deprivation, dietary manipulation and water boarding. The official also talks about the torture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11. Officials claim the techniques led to the death of Osama Bin Laden but studies show there is no proof the information gathered from interrogation thwarted an attack.

Read more on AlJazeera.





Terrorist Trials

4. Guantanamo arraignments to be broadcast



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The arraignment for the self-proclaimed mastermind of 9/11 and 4 other Guantanamo Bay prisoners will be broadcast by closed-circuit television to eight sites in the eastern United States. 5 of the 8 sites are reserved for families of September 11 victims, survivors and emergency personnel who responded to the attack.


Read on AlJazeera.





TalkThursday

5. Finance Chief on PNoy's frugal gov't spending



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Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima says President Aquino's frugal personal spending habits are setting the trend for the tight management of the government budget. The former Arroyo cabinet member also says past administrations squandered the chance to push the economy forward. He adds, under Aquino, the country is poised to take advantage of global economic shifts that favors Asia.


Read more on Rappler.




Obama Advice

6. US President to single men: marry superior genes



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First Lady Michelle Obama, introducing her husband in Georgia, told the women in the crowd "And ladies, I think he's kinda cute." US President Barack Obama, for his part told gentlemen in the audience, "She is a tough act to follow... For the gentlemen out there who are not yet married, let me just explain to you: Your goal is to improve your gene pool by marrying somebody who is superior to you."

Read more on Yahoo! News.




PH Pic

7. Republican asked to resign after red light district photo



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New Mexico county commisisoner Michael Wiener, a Republican, is being asked to resign after a picture of him posing with women in a well-known red light district in the Philippines, hit the internet last week. The photo was by American John Keatley in Angeles City, Pampanga while he was documenting the thriving sex industry in the city. Wiener denies he committed any wrongdoing.


Read more on Huffington Post.




Movie

8. The Avengers: tale of valor and vulnerability



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Rappler's investigative reporter Purple Romero takes on another investigative assignment, this time finding the true meaning of heroism in "The Avengers". And the movie doesn't disappoint. She tells us the film "tells you why valor and vulnerability are intertwined truths." The movie review also talks about the flick's "decent balance of visual effects, action, and humor."

Read more on Rappler.




Korea Tour

9. Lady Gaga wows audience



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Going on stage on horseback, Lady Gaga enthralled an audience of 50,000 at the opening of her global tour Friday in South Korea. The historical reference to Lady Godiva was as subtle as it was appropriate, after state ratings board imposed a strict ban on kids under 18 years old. Fans wore paper bracelets reading "18 above" after presenting ID cards before being allowed into the venue. Lady Gaga shouted, "I was told that your government decided that my shows should be 18 or over... So, I'll make sure it will be!"

Read more on Yahoo! News.




1st Year

10. Duchess Katherine a "fully-fledged" royal



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It's been a year since Kate Middleton became the Duchess of Cambridge, and by all accounts, highly successful. After her wedding last year, the Duchess went on a royal tour to Canada and the United States, announced the four charities she will be supporting and passed a solo speech debut in Falklands with flying colors. Royal observers only hope the media would write less about her clothes and more about her substance.

Read more on CNN.