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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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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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National Museum of Scotland reopens after three-year redevelopment

National Museum of Scotland reopens after three-year redevelopment

Friday, July 29, 2011  Today sees the reopening of the National Museum of Scotland following a three-year renovation costing £47.4 million (US$ 77.3 million). Edinburgh's Chambers Street was closed to traffic for the morning, with the 10am reopening by eleven-year-old Bryony Hare, who took her first steps in the museum, and won a competition organised by the local Evening News paper to be ...

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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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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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Haiti relief efforts: in depth

Haiti relief efforts: in depth

Friday, January 15, 2010  Countries and relief organisations around the world are sending aid to Haiti, which was hit by a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Tuesday, affecting up to three million people, most of them in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Relief efforts, however, have been hampered by damaged or destroyed infrastructure, lack of shelter, and communications difficulties. As of today, at least 300,000 people were ...

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US, UK investigators seek 777 engine redesign to stop repeat of London jet crash

US, UK investigators seek 777 engine redesign to stop repeat of London jet crash

Saturday, March 14, 2009  Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board in the United States have issued an 'urgent safety recommendation' in connection to their role alongside the United Kingdom's Air Accidents Investigation Branch in investigating loss of power in Rolls-Royce engines on Boeing 777s, with the AAIB following suit. One of them resulted in British Airways Flight 38 crashing short of the ...

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US free speech lawyer Marc Randazza discusses Glenn Beck parody

US free speech lawyer Marc Randazza discusses Glenn Beck parody

Monday, October 19, 2009  Wikinews interviewed US free speech lawyer Marc Randazza, on his defense of a parody website which satirizes American political commentator Glenn Beck. Florida resident Isaac Eiland-Hall created the website in September, and it asserts Beck uses questionable tactics "to spread lies and misinformation". The case Beck v. Eiland-Hall is currently before the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. ...

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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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Interview with Reggie Bibbs on his life with neurofibromatosis

Interview with Reggie Bibbs on his life with neurofibromatosis

Friday, December 14, 2007  Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic condition causing benign tumors (neurofibromas) to grow along certain types of nerves and, in addition, it can affect the development of bones or skin. There are several variants of the disease but type 1 and type 2 NF account for the vast majority of cases. The disease manifestations can vary from very mild to severe. ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Listening to you at last: EU plans to tap cell phones

Listening to you at last: EU plans to tap cell phones

Monday, October 19, 2009  A report accidentally published on the Internet provides insight into a secretive European Union surveillance project designed to monitor its citizens, as reported by Wikileaks earlier this month. Project INDECT aims to mine data from television, internet traffic, cellphone conversations, p2p file sharing and a range of other sources for crime prevention and threat prediction. The €14.68 million project ...

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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.