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Scientists suggest ‘sustainable fish’ label actually misleads consumers

The world’s biggest scheme to certify that seafish come from sustainable sources has come under fire in a scientific journal, where researchers say the label is too generous and may “mislead” consumers. Writing in the journal Biological Conservation, a team of scientists say that objections made to the Marine Stewardship…

French ‘Senate’ votes to legalize same sex marriage

France’s upper house Senate voted Friday to adopt a law granting homosexual couples the right to marry, which has sparked widespread opposition and protests from conservatives and religious groups. The vote, by a show of hands, followed days of intense debate. The bill must still technically face a second reading…

Watchdog investigating whether free app games target children for commercial gains

A watchdog has launched an investigation into whether children face “unfair pressure” to spend money on apparently free web and app-based games, it said Friday. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is asking parents to get in touch with any examples of possible “commercially aggressive” practices which encourage children to…

N.H. police chief faces fine after teen kills self with his service weapon

A New Hampshire police chief could have to pay up to $1,000 in fines after a 15-year-old boy killed himself with the officer’s service weapon. Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons was expected to be charged with one count of negligent storage of a firearm on Friday for leaving his service…

Chinese industrialists back to razing forests after government arrests, silences prominent critic

Rumbling earthmovers carve out a seaside golf course among fallen palm trees on a Chinese island, after authorities silenced the man who spoke out against destroying the tropical forest. Vast swathes of Hainan in the South China Sea have been cleared — a quarter of its woodlands in the last…

California under fire for race-based lockdowns that can last for years

In several men’s prisons across California, colored signs hang above cell doors: blue for black inmates, white for white, red, green or pink for Hispanic, yellow for everyone else. Though it’s not an official policy, at least five California state prisons have a color-coding system. On any given day, the…

John Kerry hits back as North Korea threatens Japan with nuclear strike

US Secretary of State John Kerry Friday demanded North Korea abandon an expected missile launch as the communist state threatened a nuclear strike on Japan amid a chilling new evaluation of its offensive capability. Kerry, visiting Seoul to give fulsome US backing to military ally South Korea, joined President Barack…

French court allows auction of sacred Hopi masks

A French court on Friday rejected a request for an injunction against the auction in Paris of ceremonial masks originating from Arizona’s Hopi tribe, despite opponents saying the sale amounted to “sacrilege”. A French lawyer for the tribe, Pierre Servan-Schreiber, told AFP the court had refused to halt the sale…

Turkish police prevent ‘Al-Qaeda U.S. embassy plot’

Turkish police have uncovered and foiled an alleged plot by Al-Qaeda to bomb the US embassy in Ankara, as well as a synagogue and other targets in Istanbul, Turkish media reported on Friday. As a result of a February raid in Istanbul and the northeastern city of Corlu, police had…

Egyptian doctors ordered to operate on wounded protesters ‘without anesthetic’

The Egyptian military ordered senior doctors to operate without anaesthetic on protesters injured during demonstrations against military rule, according to extracts of a leaked report published in the Guardian newspaper on Friday. The report into military and police malpractice since 2011, commissioned by President Mohamed Morsi, also found evidence that…

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