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Greek police arrest one of their own while raiding neo-Nazi party’s offices

Greek police raided the offices of neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn and arrested a police officer, authorities said, amid a major probe on the links between law enforcers and far-right politicians. A 45-year-old officer, who is working as the bodyguard of a Golden Dawn lawmaker, was detained during the raid at…

Ban on late-night working shifts divides France

French cosmetics maker Sephora said Tuesday it would appeal a court order to close its flagship Paris store by 9 pm after it became the latest casualty of a much-contested law banning late-night work. In a case that has reignited debate over French attitudes to work, employees of the store…

Russia considers raising divorce fees to avoid bad marriages

Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has backed a proposal to make divorce far more expensive as a way of discouraging ill-considered matches, state media reported Tuesday. “The motives (for the suggestion) are understandable: switch on your brain when you’re getting married, otherwise there’s going to be material penalties,” the prime…

Over-the-counter gel found to help hypoglycemic babies avoid brain damage

Sugar gel massaged inside baby’s cheek can help avoid neurological condition linked to hypoglycaemia, Lancet reports A small dollop of dextrose gel inside the mouth of a newborn baby with dangerously low blood sugar levels can prevent the child becoming brain damaged, new research shows. Giving the gel will help…

Brazilian district bans sales of toy guns to ‘change the culture of violence’

A Brazilian territory is believed to have become the first region in Latin America to ban the sale of toy guns as the country attempts to staunch an epidemic of firearm-related crime. The Federal District, which encompasses the country’s capital Brasilia and various satellite towns, launched the initiative as Brazil…

JPMorgan Chase offers Justice Department a $3 billion settlement

JPMorgan Chase has offered to pay about $3 billion to settle an array of pending Justice Department probes, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing a person familiar with the discussions. The Justice Department argued JPMorgan would need to pay billions above the $3 billion offer to settle the cases,…

Poachers poison and kill 81 elephants in Zimbabwe

More than 80 elephants and other animals have died of cyanide poisoning by poachers in Zimbabwe’s largest game park, wildlife authorities said Tuesday. The announcement came after a group of government experts visited Hwange National Park on Saturday to investigate reports of cyanide poisoning. “When we left Hwange National Park…

NY attorney general Schneiderman takes on ‘astroturfed’ online reviews

Best yogurt ever! Fake online reviews targeted by N.Y. attorney general. (via The Christian Science Monitor) Those with a discerning ear for huckster-speak may have always suspected that some of the gushing praise for online products was probably posted by company partisans. It’s an online technique sometimes called “astroturfing,” or…

China to open ‘free trade zone’ in Shanghai on Sunday

China will on Sunday open its first free trade zone, an ambitious effort to transform its commercial centre of Shanghai into a global hub, state media reported on Tuesday. The project — which received official approval last month — will allow liberalised measures aimed at helping Shanghai compete with the…

European Union backs push for airline pollution agreement

The EU on Tuesday urged nations to accept a compromise on plans to curb airline carbon emissions at a key UN conference, though resistance to striking an overall deal remains fierce. “We believe a solution is now in sight,” said the spokeswoman for EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas. Kallas was…

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