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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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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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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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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 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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Special report on Japanese tsunami emergency in Pichilemu, Chile

Special report on Japanese tsunami emergency in Pichilemu, Chile

Saturday, March 12, 2011 On Friday, a strong earthquake in Japan triggered a massive tsunami throughout the Pacific Ocean. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera declared a "preventive tsunami warning" that morning. "I want to express my, and Chilean people's solidarity with the Japanese government and people, who were hit by one of the worse earthquakes and tsunamis in the history of mankind," Piñera said. ...

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Icelandic government passes Icesave deal; €12,000 debt per citizen

Icelandic government passes Icesave deal; €12,000 debt per citizen

Thursday, December 31, 2009  The Icelandic Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir and her coalition government narrowly escaped a commitment to resign as a €3.8 billion bill to repay British and Dutch savers following the collapse of Icesave online banking passed. The vote margin was only three votes. Only a matter of hours before the anticipated final vote, Wikileaks announced the disclosure of one of 23 ...

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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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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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A portrait of Scotland: Gallery reopens after £17.6 million renovation

A portrait of Scotland: Gallery reopens after £17.6 million renovation

Thursday, December 1, 2011  Today saw Edinburgh's Scottish National Portrait Gallery reopen following a two-and-a-half-year, £17.6m (US$27.4m) refurbishment. Conversion of office and storage areas sees 60% more space available for displays, and the world's first purpose-built portrait space is redefining what a portrait gallery should contain; amongst the displays are photographs of the Scottish landscape—portraits of the country itself. First opened in 1889, Sir ...

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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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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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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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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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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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[...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.