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One million Brazilians join cheating dating service

One million Brazilians join cheating dating service

SAO PAULO (AFP) – Want to cheat on your partner? Then the online dating service Ashley Madison is the perfect place for you. Since it arrived in Brazil 15 months ago, the website has attracted one million lusty Brazilians, turning this South American country of 194 million people into one of the biggest markets for [...]

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Police clash with Delhi gang-rape protesters

NEW DELHI, Dec 22 (AFP) -Indian police yesterday tear-gassed, baton-charged and fired water cannon at demonstrators in the sixth and most violent day of protests against the brutal gang-rape of a student last weekend. Thousands of protesters, most of them college students, rallied at the India Gate monument in the heart of the Indian capital [...]

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Indian Playboy bunnies to wear sari

Indian Playboy bunnies to wear sari

By G. Seetharaman and Beth Stebner When the iconic Playboy Enterprises announced the launch of its clubs in Goa, India in November, the big question on fans’ minds was what the Playboy bunny costume would be. This was unveiled at a press conference in Mumbai. The famous corset has been tweaked with an allusion to [...]

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Argentina protests renaming of Antarctic

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 21 (AFP) -Argentina summoned Britain’s ambassador Friday to complain about London’s decision to rename a disputed part of Antarctica in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. “Foreign Minister William Hague last week announced plans to christen the region “Queen Elizabeth Land”. Buenos Aires has charged that London, in renaming the territory, has violated [...]

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US: Employers can fire workers they find too sexy

Dec 21 (Reuters) – The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that employers in the state can legally fire workers they find too attractive. In a unanimous decision, the court held that a dentist did not violate the state’s civil rights act when he terminated a female dental assistant whom his wife considered a threat [...]

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Mayan ‘doomsday’ sweeps across the world, no casualties

Mayan ‘doomsday’ sweeps across the world, no casualties

BUGARACH, France, Dec 21(AFP) – Diehard doomsayers hunkered down to await the apocalypse on Friday, but most took a lighthearted view of the Mayan “prophecy” of the world’s destruction, laying on stunts and parties to while away the end. “If you’re in an underground bunker with a lifetime’s supply of baked beans how stupid do [...]

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The year’s ten biggest scientific breakthroughs

By Damien Gayle   The capture of the most wanted sub-atomic particle in physics was today named as Science journal’s Breakthrough of the Year. Scientists had been chasing the Higgs boson, nicknamed the ‘God particle’ for more than four decades. In July the team from the European nuclear research facility at Cern in Geneva announced [...]

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What would Santa need if he didn’t have his magic?

Everyone knows his methods are a well-kept secret, closely guarded by those within the inner sanctum of his North Pole headquarters. But delivery experts have attempted to calculate how Santa would make his impressive delivery to around 760million children on Christmas night if he didn’t have magic on his side. Experts from FedEx and UPS shared [...]

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Obama will back tough new gun laws

Obama will back tough new gun laws

President says he now supports bill to ban assault rifles as NRA breaks its silence over Sandy Hook school massacre By David McCormack The White House has given its clearest indication yet that President Obama will do everything in his power to reinstate a ban on assault weapons following Friday’s horrific massacre at Sandy Hook [...]

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Guns sell out at US retailer Walmart

Americans rush to stockpile arsenals in aftermath of Sandy Hook  By Hayley Peterson  Demand for firearms has exploded in the U.S., wiping store shelves clean of guns and ammo in nearly every town, city and state since the school shooting in Connecticut and ensuing calls for stricter gun laws. Gun retailers as large as Walmart [...]

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Coconut-flavoured pineapple

Australia’s Dept. of Agriculture announces it is in final stages of developing the revolutionary fruit  they have been working on for the past decade  By Damien Gayle Cocktail lovers rejoice! Australian researchers have developed what could be the ultimate ingredient for the piņa colada of the future. In what is thought to be a world first, [...]

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Christmas at the White House

Christmas at the White House

First families share stories of drunken santas, decorations and the famous gingerbread house By Helen Pow and Meghan Keneally Christmas crossed partisan and generational divides in a new Christmas special where five former First Ladies and a host of former first children all sat down to talk about the holiday season in the White House. [...]

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Pakistan fishmonger’s family pray for Christmas No.1

PATTOKI, Pakistan (AFP)— The mother of Pakistani Internet sensation ‘One Pound Fish Man’ is praying to Allah that her son has a Christmas No.1 hit so his wife and children can join him for a new life in Britain. When Muhammad Shahid Nazir left his four children behind in Pakistan to study business in London, [...]

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‘Not scared to look in the mirror anymore’

‘Not scared to look in the mirror anymore’

Time cover girl Aesha Mohammadzai whose Afghan husband sliced off her nose halfway through surgery to rebuild her face A young woman who was brutally tortured in Afghanistan by her husband after she tried to escape their abusive forced marriage is on the road to recovery as doctors continue to rebuild her face. Aesha Mohammadzai, [...]

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Swiss banker dumps disabled elderly husband in India

By Ian Sparks A wife who took her handicapped husband on a ‘holiday of a lifetime’ to India then dumped him there to save on care costs has been jailed for four years in Switzerland. The wealthy 65-year-old banker showed the wheelchair-bound 74-year-old videos of ‘palm-fringed beaches and luxury hotels’ to convince him to come on [...]

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The politics of polio in Pakistan

The politics of polio in Pakistan

By Ashfaq Yusufzai and Zofeen Ebrahim PESHAWAR/KARACHI (IPS) – The murder of nine health workers vaccinating children against polio in Pakistan’s northwest cities of Peshawar and Charsadda in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, and its southern port city Karachi, have elicited shock and outrage. Four female health workers were killed in Karachi, shot dead by [...]

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Gun control after Newtown

By Jeffrey D. Sachs NEW YORK – The brutal murder of 20 children and seven adults in Newtown, Connecticut, shakes us to the core as individuals and requires a response as citizens. The United States seems to reel from one mass gun killing to another – roughly one a month this year alone. Easy access [...]

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