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Florida police warn men: Beware gang of women drugging and robbing clubgoers

Authorities in Fort Lauderdale, Florida are warning men frequenting upscale nightclubs to watch out for a group of women they believe to be responsible for an uptick in robberies throughout the year. According to the Orlando Sentinel, six men reported being drugged and robbed in April 2013, a marked increase…

California Marine veteran shoots two adult daughters and then kills self

A Marine veteran in Orosi, California killed one of his adult daughters and wounded another before turning the gun on himself on Memorial Day. The Tulare Sheriff’s Department said that 63-year old Anthony Alvarez was dead when deputies arrived at the home on Monday, according to KGPE. Authorities believe that he…

Watch live: Zimmerman’s lawyers appear in court for pre-trial hearing for Trayvon Martin case

Lawyers for George Zimmerman, who maintains he was acting in self-defense in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida, appear before a judge for a pre-trial hearing. George Zimmerman will not be present during these proceedings. [Editor's note: Text and headline have been updated to reflect the…

Lack of global reproductive health data threatens progress for women around the world

By Liz Ford, The Guardian World Bank says maternal mortality lower in countries where girls complete primary school and women become MPs, but bemoans lack of data on reproductive health Lack of reliable data is hampering progress on improving reproductive health services for women and “must be seriously addressed” at global…

Gunmen kill polio worker in Pakistan

Gunmen shot dead a female anti-polio worker in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, police said, the latest in a series of deadly attacks on vaccination teams. The two attackers on a motorbike opened fire on the team as they went to administer polio drops on the edge of the city of…

Watch: Chinese rescuers free abandoned baby from sewer pipe

Chinese first responders pulled an abandoned baby out of a sewer pipe on Saturday, according to dramatic footage published by the state-run Zhejiang News website. Firefighters received a call from one of the building’s tenants about a crying baby and were surprised to discover the crying was coming from the…

European authorities seeing ‘rapid rise’ in use of synthetic psychoactive drugs

New synthetic psychoactive substances are making their way into Europe where the Internet is becoming a big challenge in the fight against illicit drugs, the continent’s drug agency warned Tuesday. Drug use in Europe remains high even though the consumption of cannabis and cocaine appears to be slowing, as is…

Spanish and Japanese climbers die during Himalayas climb

Two climbers, a 67-year-old Japanese woman and a Spanish man, 50, and their Nepalese guide have died on Nepal’s rugged Dhaulagiri mountain, expedition organisers said Tuesday. Chizuko Kono from Japan, Spain’s Juanjo Garra and Nepalese guide Dawa Sherpa went missing on Friday as they attempted to climb the world’s seventh…

Chinese province moves to abolish HIV tests for teachers

A Chinese province is likely to abolish mandatory HIV tests for teachers, the first region on the mainland to do so, state media said Tuesday. HIV carriers are excluded from civil service jobs including teaching and policing in many provinces across China, leading to accusations of discrimination from rights groups.…

Pakistani version of ‘Glee’ smashes TV taboos

Gay romance, Islamic extremism and a soundtrack of classic love songs make for Pakistan’s taboo-breaking answer to the hugely successful US television series ‘Glee’. Like its smash hit forerunner, ‘Taan’ follows the lives and loves of a group of young people who regularly burst into song. But this time they…

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