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10 July 2011

Not the News of the World: a reader

Stories you might have missed in the past week.

By New Statesman

– Visa restrictions on musicians visiting the UK are hurting Britain’s arts scene, writes Ian Birrell in the Observer.

– In Algeria, the government seems to have dampened down the mood of unrest sweeping the Middle East through a heavy police presence and the promise of a new constitution.

Terrible employment figures for the US shatter hopes of the country’s economic recovery.

– The high court has given permission for a ‘racist’ stop-and-search law to be legally challenged. The action is being brought by a 37 year-old black woman who was arrested after police said she was holding her bag “in a suspicious way”.

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– Australia has unveiled a new carbon tax, despite heavy opposition that brought down the previous prime minister.

– A 20 year-old student from York University has been given 12 months in prison for throwing placard sticks at police during the trade union protest on 26 March. Delivering the sentence, the judge said: “It is clear that not only must I take into account your actions but the general day. The CCTV paints a picture of long-lasting violence.”

– Rabi Ismail, a female star of Nigeria’s film industry, has been sentenced to death for killing a male rival to steal his property.

– Last month was the most lucrative on record for sales of houses in London worth more than £5m. The capital’s “super prime” property is being bought up by wealthy investors from around the world.

– Tens of thousands of protestors attend a banned rally in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, in order to demand electoral reform.

Suicides have risen across Europe as a result of the financial crisis, according to a new study.