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Lebanese lawmakers draft law protecting women from domestic violence

A draft law protecting women from domestic violence was approved Monday by a Lebanese parliamentary panel, after years of campaigning by rights groups who welcomed the move as a step forward. The parliamentary committee’s approval comes less than two weeks after 33-year-old Rula Yaaqub was beaten to death by her…

Scientists issue new warnings for cancer risk due to high levels of arsenic in rice

Rice tainted with high levels of arsenic has been linked to genetic damage that heightens the risk of cancer, a study published on Monday said. Naturally-occurring arsenic in drinking water is a long-known health hazard, especially in Bangladesh, where tens of millions of people depend on wells drilled in the…

Britain considers banning Internet pornography over ‘corroding’ influence on children

PM pledges automatic filtering of adult material to protect children, plus outlawing of violent porn and blocking of illegal image searches Every household in Britain connected to the internet will be obliged to declare whether they want to maintain access to online pornography, David Cameron will announce on Monday. In…

Former policeman turned actor Dennis Farina dies at 69: publicist

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Dennis Farina, a former Chicago policeman turned tough-guy actor, died in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Monday, the actor’s publicist said. He was 69. Farina, best known as detective Joe Fontana on the long-running TV series “Law & Order,” suffered a blood clot in his lung, publicist Lori…

30 million women and girls at risk for for female genital mutilation: UNICEF

More than 125 million girls and women alive today have undergone female genital mutilation, and 30 million more girls are at risk in the next decade, UNICEF said Monday. Although genital cutting is on the decline, the practice remains “almost universal” in some countries, said the UN Children Fund’s report…

Dutch woman arrested for ‘recruiting Syrian jihadists’

Dutch authorities have arrested a 19-year-old woman suspected of recruiting jihadists to fight alongside radical Muslim rebels in Syria, a prosecution spokeswoman said on Monday. “The woman was arrested and has been remanded for two weeks while an investigation is under way,” Nicolette Stoel, spokeswoman for the Public Prosecutor’s office…

Snowden hopes to leave Moscow airport by Wednesday: lawyer

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden hopes to be granted papers by Wednesday allowing him to end his month-long stay in the transit area of a Moscow airport and move to the city center, his Russian lawyer said on Monday. Anatoly Kucherena, who helped the American…

Family of Egypt’s Morsi threaten legal action over ‘abduction’

By Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) – The family of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president, Mohamed Mursi, said on Monday it would take legal action against the army for abducting him. Mursi has been held at an undisclosed military facility since the army deposed him on July 3 and suspended the constitution…

Swedish police deny ‘Fast and Furious’-style illegal street race

Swedish police denied Monday that one of its cars had taken part in an illegal street race in a Stockholm suburb, as suggested by a mass-circulation daily providing what it said was video evidence. In a short clip posted online by the Expressen newspaper, dated July 6 according to the…

Plain packaging reduces appeal of cigarettes: study

Scientists on Monday said they had evidence that plain packaging for cigarettes diminishes the appeal of smoking, as anti-tobacco campaigners suggest. European countries are considering whether to follow Australia, which last year became the first country in the world to sell cigarettes in plain packets. In Australia’s case, the cigarettes…

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