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1. [After 31 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, Romeo Phillion launches a $14 million lawsuit against the Ontario government.](http://www.canada.com/news/Romeo+Phillion+launches+million+lawsuit+wrongful+conviction/6559826/story.html) ^canada.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tficq) ^worldnews 2. [Rape of women in DR Congo 'tops 1000 a day' ](http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2011/05/2011511231649539962.html) ^aljazeera.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tg9kd) ^worldnews 3. [If Amsterdam won't sell weed to foreigners, who will? The Netherlands' ban on selling cannabis to foreigners could start a weed economy in other EU states. Spain and Portugal are top of the list.](http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/benelux/120508/amsterdam-cannabis-cafe-ban-foreigners-marijuana-netherlands) ^globalpost.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/teq6f) ^worldnews 4. [Switzerland: An Initiative to Establish Basic Income for All: The idea is quite simply giving a monthly income to all citizens that is neither means-tested nor work-related](http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/05/07/switzerland-an-initiative-to-establish-basic-income-for-all/) ^globalvoicesonline.org ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tetqp) ^worldnews 5. [The amount of plastic trash in the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" has increased 100-fold during the past 40 years, causing "profound" changes to the marine environment](http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/09/11612593-study-plastic-in-great-pacific-garbage-patch-increases-100-fold) ^worldnews.msnbc.msn.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tej3w) ^worldnews 6. ['Vomiting and screaming' in destroyed waterboarding tapes](http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-17990955) ^bbc.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tes65) ^worldnews 7. [Heavy metal unites Jews, Muslims across Middle East](http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Op-EdContributors/Article.aspx?id=269064) ^jpost.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tev4g) ^worldnews 8. [Two of Mass Palestinian Prisoners' Hunger Strike "On Verge of Death": Over 1600 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail hold mass hunger strike, two of the arrested pass 70 days without food](https://www.commondreams.org/video/2012/05/09-0) ^commondreams.org ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tfyu9) ^worldnews 9. [We Already Grow Enough Food For 10 Billion People -- and Still Can't End Hunger](http://www.huffingtonpost.com/eric-holt-gimenez/world-hunger_b_1463429.html) ^huffingtonpost.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/ter3c) ^worldnews 10. [A section of 600-yr-old city wall in Nanjing was damaged when a Ferrari was put on top if it for a publicity stunt - Its spinning, screeching wheels left tire marks on the Ming Dynasty walls. The stunt kicked off a Ferrari show marking the Italian car maker’s 20 years in the Chinese car market.](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-10/china-sees-red-as-ferrari-damages-ancient-wall/4001968) ^abc.net.au ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tffil) ^worldnews 11. [Colombia passes 1st draft of drug crop legalization bill: 'The initiative calls for the decriminalization of growing plants such as coca, marijuana and opium poppies in the country.'](http://colombiareports.com/colombia-news/news/23958-colombia-passes-first-draft-of-drug-crop-legalization-bill-.html) ^colombiareports.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tgdwh) ^worldnews 12. [Australia's Federal Budget predicts returns to Surplus, leading developed countries across the globe.](http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-08/budget-2012-by-the-numbers-infographic/3999026) ^abc.net.au ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/teh8j) ^worldnews 13. [MI6's Spy-in-a-bag was working in human intelligence, and had been tasked with collecting intel at Defcon & Blackhat](http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/03/gareth_williams_inquest/) ^theregister.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tg9ly) ^worldnews 14. [Police found the decapitated and dismembered bodies of 15 people near Mexico's second city Guadalajara on Wednesday, in what appeared to be the latest atrocity by the country's most brutal drug cartel.](http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/people+beheaded+Mexico+drug+gang+suspected/6594654/story.html) ^ottawacitizen.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tfzhk) ^worldnews 15. [Crashed Russian plane found in Indonesia: Helicopter scouring slopes of dormant volcano spots wreckage but no sign that passengers and crew survived.](http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/201251001213281243.html) ^aljazeera.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tfwbj) ^worldnews 16. [every communication technology so far been "'captured' by corporate power"](http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/apr/29/internet-innovation-failure-patent-control) ^guardian.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tf2cq) ^worldnews 17. [Syria unrest: Damascus hit by two deadly blasts](http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-18015935) ^bbc.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tg523) ^worldnews 18. ["The United States on Wednesday [9 May 2012] opened its banking market to ICBC, China's biggest bank, for the first time clearing a takeover of a US bank by a Chinese state-controlled company."](http://ca.news.yahoo.com/3-big-chinese-banks-enter-us-banking-market-185200086.html) ^ca.news.yahoo.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tffw1) ^worldnews 19. [Canada considering "Genderless" passport option to reflect non-traditional and transitional gender identity.](http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/05/08/genderless-passports-under-review-in-canada/) ^news.nationalpost.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tep72) ^worldnews 20. [Japan’s government on Wednesday approved a 1 trillion-yen, or $12.6 billion, bailout for the operator of the disaster-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, putting the giant utility under temporary state control as it continues to deal with the extensive damage at the facility.](http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/japan-to-provide-1255-billion-to-operator-of-tsunami-ravaged-nuclear-plant/2012/05/09/gIQAhOzqCU_story.html) ^washingtonpost.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tfzej) ^worldnews 21. [South Africa troubled by corrupt cops: The police are part of country’s crime problem. More than 630 police officers were arrested in South Africa’s Gauteng province in 2011, mainly on charges of fraud and corruption, but also for rape and murder ](http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120509/south-africa-crime-corruption-police-officers-law) ^globalpost.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tge9h) ^worldnews 22. [Pirate Bay Scolds Anonymous Hackers For Cyberattacks On Its Behalf - Forbes](http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2012/05/09/pirate-bay-scolds-anonymous-hackers-for-cyberattacks-on-its-behalf/) ^forbes.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tfb2y) ^worldnews 23. [Russian plane wreckage found in Indonesia - CNN.com](http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/10/world/asia/indonesia-plane-crash/index.html?hpt=hp_t2) ^cnn.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tgdq2) ^worldnews 24. [Russian plane disappears over Indonesia](http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/09/russian-airliner-disappears-over-indonesia/) ^news.blogs.cnn.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tejsd) ^worldnews 25. [Sukhoi Superjet-100 lost in Indonesia found, no survivors.](http://www.rferl.org/content/asia_russia_sukhoi_jet_crash/24575910.html) ^rferl.org ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tfzae) ^worldnews 26. [A new Charter City could soon be established in Honduras. It will have extremely open immigration policies for North/South Americans to allow the city to rapidly grow to a population of 10 million people](http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/magazine/who-wants-to-buy-honduras.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1&hpw) ^nytimes.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tf38u) ^worldnews 27. [South Africa seizes $7m in 'rhino-poachers' assets: The men, two of whom are vets, are already facing 1,872 charges of racketeering.](http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18004043) ^bbc.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tekar) ^worldnews 28. [It sounds like it ought to be a sick joke. But in the town made infamous for its annual slaughter of hundreds of dolphins, tourists will now be able to swim and play with the mammals in a zoo near where the cull takes place](http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/may/09/japanese-town-dolphin-zoo-cull) ^guardian.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tge4y) ^worldnews 29. [NSFL: The suicide forest of Japan: Mystery of the Mount Fuji beauty spot where up to 100 bodies are found every ye](http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2127414/The-suicide-forest-Japan-Mystery-Mount-Fuji-beauty-spot-100-bodies-year.html) ^dailymail.co.uk ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tgdr7) ^worldnews 30. [EUobserver.com / Economic Affairs / Eurozone blocks €1bn of aid amid Greek uncertainty](http://euobserver.com/19/116202) ^euobserver.com ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tg9lu) ^worldnews 31. [Falkvinge: Congratulations to the Greek Pirate Party for a strong showing in their first elections!](http://falkvinge.net/2012/05/09/congratulations-on-first-elections-greek-pirate-party/) ^falkvinge.net ^[*comments*](http://reddit.com/r/worldnews/comments/tgczd) ^worldnews