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Below you can see some of the best work published on Wikinews. These are Wikinews’ Featured Articles, although not in the same sense as more-conventional media use the term. [... continued below ...]

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Tony Blair tells Iraq Inquiry he would invade again

Tony Blair tells Iraq Inquiry he would invade again

Friday, January 29, 2010  Tony Blair, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, appeared before the Iraq Inquiry today. He faced six hours of questioning, starting at 6:30 am, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London concerning his role in the 2003 Iraq invasion. During the inquiry, Blair stood by his decision to invade, saying he would make the same decision ...

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China offers Africa financial aid including $10 billion in loans

China offers Africa financial aid including $10 billion in loans

Sunday, November 8, 2009  China has offered Africa concessional loans worth US$10 (€6.5) billion as part of a host of new measures aimed at improving the economy of African nations. The announcement was made at the opening of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Leaders of nearly 50 African countries are attending the two-day conference. China had already stated today ...

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Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal threatened by possible lawsuit

Buffalo, N.Y. hotel proposal threatened by possible lawsuit

Thursday, March 16, 2006  Buffalo, New York — The property at 605 Forest in Buffalo was the center of attention at last night's public meeting held at the offices of Forever Elmwood on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo. Eva Hassett, Vice President of Savarino Construction Services Corporation, confirmed last night that the company will be seeking a variance for the 605 Forest property. Originally, ...

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Payment pending; Canadian recording industry set for six billion penalties?

Payment pending; Canadian recording industry set for six billion penalties?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009  A report published last week in the Toronto Star by Professor Michael Geist of Canada's University of Ottawa claims a copyright case under the Class Proceedings Act of 1992 may see the country's largest players in the music industry facing upwards of C$6 billion in penalties. The case is being led by the family and estate of the late jazz ...

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Karzai declared winner of Afghan elections, runoff polls cancelled

Karzai declared winner of Afghan elections, runoff polls cancelled

Monday, November 2, 2009  Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission stated today that it cancelled the presidential runoff, originally scheduled for November 7, and officially declared president Hamid Karzai the winner. This announcement comes a day after President Hamid Karzai's main challenger, former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, withdrew from the race. "We declare that Mr. Hamid Karzai, [who] got the majority of votes in the first ...

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Wikinews investigates the reconstruction of Pichilemu, Chile after February earthquake

Wikinews investigates the reconstruction of Pichilemu, Chile after February earthquake

Sunday, October 24, 2010  Eight months after a catastrophic earthquake, Wikinews has investigated the devastation caused in February and the reconstruction of Pichilemu, Chile. The February 27 earthquake and a subsequent tsunami completely destroyed Pichilemu's most coastal street and its oldest villages. Wikinews has also had access to the original design plans of the new kiosks in Pichilemu, and conducted an interview with ...

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Haitian earthquake: in pictures

Haitian earthquake: in pictures

Friday, January 15, 2010  Haiti was hit by a heavy earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 on Tuesday, killing an unknown number of people, and destroying up to ten percent of buildings in the capital, Port-au-Prince. No official death toll has been released as of yet, although the United Nations says that up to fifty thousand people may potentially have been killed. An estimated ...

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Philippines ferry disaster: ship owner sues over toxic cargo; recovery deadline set & more

Philippines ferry disaster: ship owner sues over toxic cargo; recovery deadline set & more

Tuesday, July 8, 2008  Several new developments have occurred surrounding the loss of Philippine ferry MV Princess of the Stars, which capsized and sank on June 21 during a severe storm. The loss near Sibuyan island during Typhoon Fengshen, known locally as Frank, killed more than 800 of those on board. Ship owner Sulpicio Lines has sued Del Monte Philippines for failing to declare ...

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Thirteen dead, several wounded in Fort Hood, Texas shooting

Thirteen dead, several wounded in Fort Hood, Texas shooting

Thursday, November 5, 2009  The United States Army has confirmed that thirteen people have been killed after a shooting rampage at the Fort Hood army base in Texas. An additional thirty are reported wounded, and the gunman is in stable condition after being shot by military police. Two other soldiers are in detention. The incident took place at a deployment readiness center. According to ...

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Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi released on compassionate grounds

Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi released on compassionate grounds

Thursday, August 20, 2009  Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the only individual convicted in connection with the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988, has been released by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, on compassionate grounds. Megrahi is suffering from terminal prostate cancer and will be allowed to return to his home country of Libya.

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Swine flu outbreaks appear globally; WHO raises pandemic alert level to 5

Swine flu outbreaks appear globally; WHO raises pandemic alert level to 5

Wednesday, April 29, 2009  New cases of the swine flu virus have been reported around the world in recent days, prompting fear of a global influenza pandemic. As a result, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the pandemic alert level to 5. The United Nations has warned that the disease can not be contained. At least 91 confirmed cases of the flu have ...

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British ISPs restrict access to Wikipedia amid child pornography allegations

British ISPs restrict access to Wikipedia amid child pornography allegations

Sunday, December 7, 2008  Wikinews has learned at least six of the United Kingdom's main Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have implemented monitoring and filtering mechanisms that are causing major problems for UK contributors on websites operated by the Wikimedia Foundation, in addition to 1,200 other websites. The filters appear to be applied because Wikimedia sites are hosting a Scorpions album cover which some ...

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Polish President Lech Kaczyński dies as his plane crashes in Russia

Polish President Lech Kaczyński dies as his plane crashes in Russia

Saturday, April 10, 2010  Polish President Lech Kaczyński, travelling with 95 other people, died when his plane crashed in Russia. Officials say the crash, which occurred when the plane was approaching a Russian airport on Saturday, was due to dense fog, and that there are no survivors. The Polish Central Bank governor, Slawomir Skrzypek, and other members of the Polish government were amongst those ...

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Military plane crashes in Chilean Juan Fernández Archipelago; reports say no survivors

Military plane crashes in Chilean Juan Fernández Archipelago; reports say no survivors

Sunday, September 4, 2011  Four people, including Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN) journalist Roberto Bruce Pruzzo, are confirmed dead after a Chilean military plane crashed near the Robinson Crusoe Island of the Juan Fernández Archipelago on Friday. Twenty-one people were aboard, with such figures as prominent Chilean television presenter and co-host of breakfast programme Buenos Días a Todos (Good Morning Everyone) Felipe Camiroaga ...

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AFL provides insufficient support for European leagues: Germany

AFL provides insufficient support for European leagues: Germany

Thursday, October 29, 2009  The Australian Football League (AFL) has recently come under fire for not supporting European Australian rules football organisations. Local teams have affiliated with AFL teams who help provide them with balls, guernseys and other equipment. "Since 1995 we have been asking the AFL for support on a regular basis, mostly concerning material. Apart from a few footballs, there was basically ...

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Satanism: An interview with Church of Satan High Priest Peter Gilmore

Satanism: An interview with Church of Satan High Priest Peter Gilmore

Monday, November 5, 2007  In the 1980's and the 1990's there were multiple allegations of sexual abuse of children or non-consenting adults in the context of Satanic rituals that has come to be known as The Satanic Panic. In the United States, the Kern County child abuse cases, McMartin preschool trial and the West Memphis 3 cases garnered worldwide media coverage. One case ...

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[...For an article to gain the coveted little star on Wikinews, it must qualify as outstanding content; not just be a lengthy piece given prominence and called a “feature”. Thus, Wikinews defers considering an article’s eligibility until it is at least a week since publication and no further changes expected. If interested, you can see the current candidate articles here.

A significant number of these articles are contributions by Wikinews’ accredited reporters, and the facilities provided here on wikinewsie.org continue permitting creation of original reportage.

About Wikinews

Set up in 2004, Wikinews is a project from the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) — the 501(c)3 non-profit/charity behind the fifth most-popular site on the Internet, Wikipedia.

As Wikipedia‘s news-based sister project, Wikinews is less well-known. However, volunteer journalists working on the site have interviewed a sitting head of state, one future prime-minister, the voice artist behind Ren and Stimpy; and, produced news articles about events in every country of the world.

Why wikinewsie.org?

Even in its earliest days, Wikinews operated a community accreditation programme; but, to avoid any liability risks the WMF declined use of @wikinews.org email addresses by contributors. So, with many attempts to obtain comment or interviews failing because of Hotmail or Gmail addresses being ignored, Brian McNeil set up wikinewsie.org in 2007.

Alongside a closed wiki for use in managing longer-term investigative work, adopting @wikinewsie.org email addresses continues to result in more responses to our inquiries as freelance journalists.