Cricketer tributes
Cricket fans place bats by homes and post photos on social media.

U.N. investigators urge Obama to release CIA report

U.S. President Obama speaks about immigration reform in ChicagoGENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights investigators called on President Barack Obama to live up to principles preached by the United States around the world and release a long completed report on CIA interrogation methods. In an open letter issued in Geneva, the seven investigators and academic legal experts, said publication of the report by a Senate committee would be welcomed by victims of torture and their supporters everywhere. Among the signatories were the world body's special rapporteurs for torture and for freedom of expression. ...


Exclusive: Obama plan to 'Power Africa' gets off to a dim start

U.S. President Barack ObamaBy Joe Brock JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Barack Obama last year told a cheering crowd in Cape Town that a $7 billion plan to "Power Africa" would double electricity output on the world's poorest continent and bring "light where currently there is darkness". A year later, the U.S. president's flagship project for Africa has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver 10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million households and businesses, according to its annual report. But the five-year plan has not yet delivered the power. ...


Discovered: Funny, rude medieval doodles
My personal favorite is this. At the top of a page of angular medieval text -- full of theological extrapolations and religious devotion -- is a cartoon of a deadpan dog.

Louis Vuitton's Paris landmark
Luxury enthusiasts, rejoice: Louis Vuitton is bringing its upscale sensibilities to the art world.

Watershed moment for climate politics
For the world's two largest economies -- and largest emitters of greenhouse gas -- to announce a sustained commitment to reducing carbon emissions by almost a third by the year 2030 is a watershed moment for climate politics on so many fronts.

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