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Gunmen kill polio worker in Pakistan

Gunmen shot dead a female anti-polio worker in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, police said, the latest in a series of deadly attacks on vaccination teams. The two attackers on a motorbike opened fire on the team as they went to administer polio drops on the edge of the city of…

European authorities seeing ‘rapid rise’ in use of synthetic psychoactive drugs

New synthetic psychoactive substances are making their way into Europe where the Internet is becoming a big challenge in the fight against illicit drugs, the continent’s drug agency warned Tuesday. Drug use in Europe remains high even though the consumption of cannabis and cocaine appears to be slowing, as is…

Spanish and Japanese climbers die during Himalayas climb

Two climbers, a 67-year-old Japanese woman and a Spanish man, 50, and their Nepalese guide have died on Nepal’s rugged Dhaulagiri mountain, expedition organisers said Tuesday. Chizuko Kono from Japan, Spain’s Juanjo Garra and Nepalese guide Dawa Sherpa went missing on Friday as they attempted to climb the world’s seventh…

Chinese province moves to abolish HIV tests for teachers

A Chinese province is likely to abolish mandatory HIV tests for teachers, the first region on the mainland to do so, state media said Tuesday. HIV carriers are excluded from civil service jobs including teaching and policing in many provinces across China, leading to accusations of discrimination from rights groups.…

Pakistani version of ‘Glee’ smashes TV taboos

Gay romance, Islamic extremism and a soundtrack of classic love songs make for Pakistan’s taboo-breaking answer to the hugely successful US television series ‘Glee’. Like its smash hit forerunner, ‘Taan’ follows the lives and loves of a group of young people who regularly burst into song. But this time they…

National Spelling Bee competition set to begin on Tuesday

The 86th annual National Spelling Bee kicks off Tuesday with 281 youngsters from eight nations putting their ability to spell some of the most obscure words in the English language to the test. Sponsored by the Scripps media group, the three-day competition at the Gaylord National Resort outside Washington is…

Austerity pushes Spain’s youth toward becoming a ‘lost generation’

Despite having a bachelor’s degree, five years of professional experience and speaking three languages, Paloma Fernandez has joined the swelling ranks of Spain’s “lost generation” that can’t find work in a grinding recession. The 28-year-old, who has a degree in translation, lost her job of four years at the justice…

Activists accuse Japanese company of using whale meat for dog treats

Meat from endangered whales caught by Icelandic hunters is being sold in Japan as luxury dog treats, environmental campaigners said Tuesday. Michinoku Farm, a Tokyo-based company, is offering chews made from North Atlantic fin whales on its company website, with the meat described as a “low calorie, low fat, high…

U.S. says retailers are ‘critical’ to improve worker safety in Bangladesh

The United States said Western brands buying clothing from Bangladesh had a “critical role” in improving conditions in the sector, even as leading US retailers refuse to sign a new safety pact. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman visited Bangladesh, the world’s second biggest garment maker after China, to…

French anti-terrorism police hunt man who stabbed soldier

French anti-terrorism investigators are hunting for a bearded man who was reported to have been praying before he stabbed a French soldier outside a busy train terminal. The man, described as tall and athletic, was spotted on CCTV at the station underneath the business district at La Défense just before…

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