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Czech artist gives president 33-foot-high one-finger salute

A Prague artist has given Czech President Milos Zeman the finger — a huge purple one floating on the river — to protest against his soft spot for old-school Communists just days before a snap election. “It’s a middle-fingered salute at the fucking Communist shits in (Prague) Castle,” outspoken artist…

Chinese state media runs 30-minute ‘report’ ripping Samsung

China’s state-run broadcaster launched a broadside against South Korean electronics giant Samsung, the latest foreign brand to be castigated by authorities in the world’s second-largest economy. In a 30-minute investigative programme featuring interviews with consumers and repairmen, state-run China Central Television criticised Samsung for producing “faulty” smartphones, arguing that the…

Officials in Zurich call ‘sex box’ drive-in a success

Switzerland’s first sex drive-in, which opened two months ago in a bid to take prostitution off Zurich’s streets, has been a success, the city said Tuesday following an initial evaluation. “After two months I can say that this guarded prostitution site is working,” Michael Herzig, director of social services for…

New York enacts tighter work regulations for underage models

New York has passed into law tough new rules governing how underage models can work, hailed by campaigners Tuesday as a step towards ending rampant exploitation. The legislation, signed by New York state governor Andrew Cuomo late Monday, will now give models under the age of 18 the same protection…

Majority of Americans support marijuana legalization for the first time

According to a Gallup poll released today, for the first time, the majority of Americans (58%) say that marijuana should be legalized. The first time Gallup asked this question, in 1969, only 12% favored legalization. Support for legalization has been rising incrementally since then, reaching 28% in the 1980s and…

At George Washington University, affirmative action for the wealthy?

George Washington University — which got in trouble last year for misreporting admissions data to bolster its college ranking — is making yet another confession. The university has been misrepresenting its admissions and financial-aid policy for years, touting a “need-blind” admissions policy while in fact giving preference to wealthier students…

City University of New York refuses to explain why it refuses to pay adjunct professors money they’ve already earned

Many adjunct professors who work for the City University of New York (CUNY) haven’t been paid for classes they taught in August and September. Adjuncts are the most vulnerable workers in the American higher educational system, working on short contracts and only rarely allowed to unionize. In the past decade,…

Pennsylvania woman charged with rape of 17-year-old boy

Police in Plattsburgh, Pennsylvania on Monday arrested a woman for allegedly having sex with a teen at a youth home where she was employed. Stephanie K Duquette, 33, was charged with for one count of rape 3rd degree and one count of unlawfully dealing with a child 1st degree. The…

Pope Francis: Greed is an instrument of idolatry

Speaking at daily Mass on Monday, Pope Francis condemned the worship of money. Though money itself was not inherently evil, Francis said the attachment to money lead to destruction of families, friends, and the self. “It leads you to idolatry, it destroys your relationship with others,” he said, according to…

Archaeologists find 4,000 year-old tomb of prominent doctor to pharaohs southwest of Cairo

Archaeologists have unearthed a 4,000 year old tomb outside the Egyptian capital containing what they believe are the remains of a prominent doctor to the pharaohs, officials said on Tuesday. The tomb, part of a 21 metre (70 foot) by 14 metre (46 foot) plot, with four-metre (13 feet) high…

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