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French female soccer team uses sex toy to promote ‘Women’s Day’ admission

Top-flight French football club Rennes risked drawing the wrath of the feminist movement by launching an advertising campaign based at female fans featuring a sex toy with the logo “Venez vibrer” (come to vibrate). The Britanny-based Ligue 1 outfit posted a photo of a vibrating sex toy, in the shape…

200,000 Hungarians vote to name first elephant born in zoo since 1961

The first elephant born in Budapest’s zoo since 1961 has been named Asha following a public vote in which over 200,000 people took part, the zoo said Tuesday. Since her birth on February 14, Valentine’s Day, Asha’s progress at the 147-year-old zoo has been closely followed by a star-struck Hungarian…

Swiss anti-choice activists seek to ban abortions for ‘economic’ reasons

Swiss pro-lifers launched an initiative Tuesday to ban abortions in the country for economic reasons, saying the practice costs hundreds of billions in lost tax revenues. The “Protect life to remedy the loss of billions” initiative was launched by an independent group which needs to gather more than 100,000 signatures…

Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ Antarctic trek canceled due to frostbite

An Antarctic snow storm prevented the evacuation Tuesday of adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, injured while attempting the icy continent’s first winter crossing, the expedition said. The 68-year-old Briton was holed up in the team’s cabin with frostbite and the expedition now hoped to start his evacuation to South Africa on…

Military judge rules length of WikiLeaker Bradley Manning detention ‘reasonable’

Charges in WikiLeaks case will not be dismissed as judge rules soldier’s right to a speedy trial has not been violated The judge presiding over the prosecution of the WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning has ruled that the US soldier was brought to trial in good time within the military rules governing a court martial.…

Toyota to ship U.S.-built cars to Russia and Ukraine

Toyota will begin exporting US-built cars to Russia and Ukraine in the coming months, the Japanese automaker said Tuesday. The announcement comes after Toyota’s US exports hit a new record by jumping 45 percent to more than 124,000 vehicles in 2012. The decision marks the first time Toyota has exported…

Music sales rise globally for the first time since 1999

The music industry announced Tuesday the first lift in global sales since 1999, suggesting that the long-awaited fightback against the digital revolution has begun. Sales rose 0.3 percent to $16.5 billion in 2012, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), which represents some 1,400 record companies worldwide.…

Flamboyant Australian tycoon unveils plan for Titanic replica

Flamboyant Australian tycoon Clive Palmer unveiled his plan Tuesday for building a perfect replica of the Titanic — plus a lot of extra lifeboats. More than a century after the original, supposedly unsinkable ocean liner hit an iceberg and went down in the North Atlantic, Palmer thinks the time has…

Former British prime minister Tony Blair: ‘Ugly’ Iraq decision is ‘not nearly’ what he hoped

Former British prime minister Tony Blair admitted on Tuesday that the situation in Iraq is “not nearly” what he hoped it would be when Britain joined the US-led invasion to depose Saddam Hussein ten years ago. He said he had made the best of an “ugly” choice between taking action…

Drone war concerns go far beyond the killing of American citizens

By Cora Currier and Justin Elliott, ProPublica The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director has prompted intense debate on Capitol Hill and in the media about U.S. drone killings abroad. But the focus has been on the targeting of American citizens 2013 a narrow issue that accounts for…

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