ria.ru. “Police Block ‘Contract Killer Hire’ Website in Russia” - Police in Russia have blocked access to a website that offered contract murder services to potential clients, a Russian senator said Friday.
theguardian.com. “Schoolchildren ordered indoors as air pollution cloaks Shanghai”- Eastern China's dangerous levels of air pollution blamed on coal burning, car exhaust, factories and weather patterns.
nzherald.co.nz. “Director Zhang Yimou sued for too many children” - Famed Chinese film director Zhang Yimou is being sued by two lawyers for breaking China's one-child policy, in what they say is a protest against rich people flouting the rules.
cnn.com. “Power cuts, evacuations, as heavy storms sweep Europe” - Strong winds and heavy rain battered Scotland and eastern England Thursday, disrupting rail and road traffic as northwestern Europe braced for heavy storms sweeping across the North Atlantic and North Sea.
“Mexico: Stolen radioactive material found” - A pair of thieves in Mexico may have stolen more than they bargained for when they targeted a truck this week.
“Vatican setting up commission against sexual abuse of minors” - Pope Francis is creating a commission to prevent the abuse of minors and to support victims of abuse, Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley announced Thursday in Rome.
“Ukraine protesters vow to stay on streets despite police threat” - Ukrainian pro-Europe demonstrators vowed to stay on the streets and continue their blockade of government buildings, despite a police threat to crack down "harshly" to enforce a court order that they disperse.
foxnews.com. “Russia PM: no amnesty for political prisoners” - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has hinted that members of punk band Pussy Riot, former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and others widely referred to as political prisoners will not be freed in the upcoming amnesty.