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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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Some of Wikinews' Featured Content ...
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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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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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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Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah withdraws from elections

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah withdraws from elections

Sunday, November 1, 2009  Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said today that he will not participate in this week's runoff election against President Hamid Karzai, accusing the government of not meeting his demands for a fair vote. Abdullah said that his withdrawal is in protest of what he called the misconduct of the government and the country's Independent Election Commission (IEC).

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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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BP report into Gulf of Mexico disaster lays blame on other contractors

BP report into Gulf of Mexico disaster lays blame on other contractors

Friday, September 10, 2010  BP released their report into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon disaster earlier this year on Wednesday, and shifted much of the blame for the explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, onto Transocean, the company managing the rig. The report concludes by ...

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Shimon Peres discusses the future of Israel

Shimon Peres discusses the future of Israel

Wednesday, January 9, 2008  This year Israel turns sixty and it has embarked upon a campaign to celebrate its birthday. Along with technology writers for Slate, PC Magazine, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Aviation Weekly, Wikinews was invited by the America-Israel Friendship League and the Israeli Foreign Ministry to review Israel’s technology sector. It's part of an effort to 're-brand the country' to show America ...

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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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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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Chilean earthquakes: in pictures

Chilean earthquakes: in pictures

Thursday, March 18, 2010  On the Feb. 27, Chile was hit by an magnitude 8.8 earthquake; almost 500 were killed, with resulting tsunami destroying most coastal towns between Llolleo and Araucanía Region. A second earthquake last week, with its epicentre in Pichilemu, caused destruction in the Coquimbo and Bío Bío regions. A Wikinews contributor is in the area, and we look at the extent ...

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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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UK Parliament to vote on tuition fee rise on Thursday

UK Parliament to vote on tuition fee rise on Thursday

Sunday, December 5, 2010  The controversial plan to raise university tuition fees in England and Wales will be voted on in the House of Commons on Thursday, December 9. The policy has been the cause of protests across the United Kingdom by students, some of which have turned violent. It has also been a source of considerable criticism and political difficulties for the ...

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U.K. National Portrait Gallery threatens U.S. citizen with legal action over Wikimedia images

U.K. National Portrait Gallery threatens U.S. citizen with legal action over Wikimedia images

Tuesday, July 14, 2009  The English National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London has threatened on Friday to sue a U.S. citizen, Derrick Coetzee. The legal letter followed claims that he had breached the Gallery's copyright in several thousand photographs of works of art uploaded to the Wikimedia Commons, a free online media repository. In a letter from their solicitors sent to Coetzee via electronic ...

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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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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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Wikinews discusses H1N1 with the WHO

Wikinews discusses H1N1 with the WHO

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 The World Health Organization (WHO) is a program of the United Nations and a global authority on human health. In an interview with Wikinews, the WHO tells about the current H1N1 pandemic. The organization's 93rd update as of March 26, 2010 states 213 countries, territories, and other communities have laboratory-confirmed cases and there have been at least 16,931 confirmed deaths, ...

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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.