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U.S. to return more stolen dinosaur skeletons to Mongolia

Mongolia may need to rustle up some more glass cases for its first dinosaur museum after US authorities announced Friday they will hand back a large new collection of stolen fossils. At a ceremony on Monday, officials had turned over the nearly complete skeleton of a 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus bataar, a…

UN governments agree to phase out toxic chemical HBCD

Governments have agreed to phase out the use of the toxic chemical HBCD, and restrict trade in four other dangerous substances, the head of the UN’s anti-pollution division said Friday. “Adding these chemicals to the list is a good thing, because they are known to be quite bad chemicals,” Jim…

India’s ‘Red Brigade’ fights to change the country’s rape culture

India’s “Red Brigade” is a group of angry young women with a simple message for the country’s sexual predators: change your ways or be ready to face the consequences. Dressed in bright red shirts and loose black pants, the brigade’s members are fed up with deeply ingrained patriarchal mindsets and…

Roman police arrest street performer for dressing like John Paul II

A Slovak street performer dressed in white papal vestments has been detained and fined by the police in Rome for bearing too close a resemblance to the late John Paul II, the police said on Friday. “The problem was that he looked a lot like Karol Wojtyla. He was detained…

Raul Castro’s daughter calls for ‘conga’ dance against homophobia in Cuba

Cuban leader Raul Castro’s daughter, a sexologist and supporter of gay rights, has urged Cubans to join a traditional “conga” dance against homophobia taking place in Havana on Saturday. “We are the heirs of a strongly patriarchal Spanish culture, very homophobic and very discriminating,” said Mariela Castro, whose father succeeded…

India accounts for a quarter of cervical cancer deaths thanks to stigma

Social stigma is harming attempts to combat cervical cancer in India where more women die annually of the disease than anywhere else in the world, a new report said Friday. More than a quarter of cervical cancer deaths worldwide occur in India, representing 72,825 a year according to the report…

Lebanese director: Arab League blocked my film because I ‘set foot’ in Israel

Lebanese director Ziad Doueiri whose award-winning film “The Attack” has been banned in his home country said on Friday that the Arab League has asked its 22 member governments to take steps to prevent the film being shown. “The Arab League has asked Arab governments, Lebanon included, to withdraw the…

Bloomberg reporters accused of spying on Goldman Sachs traders

Financial services news group restricts access to client information from terminals after complaint from Goldman Financial services news group Bloomberg was facing questions on Friday about how reporters used information about clients gleaned from its widely-used terminals. The New York Post reported that journalists at Bloomberg had been caught using the financial…

Judge blasts Obama administration request for a stay to his Plan B as ‘alternative reality’

Judge Edward Korman of the Eastern District of New York gave no quarter to the Administration in his ruling this morning declining to issue a stay to his April ruling that made emergency contraceptives available over the counter pending the outcome of the Administration’s appeal. Korman not only repeated his…

Germany still has to recover from ‘intellectual decapitation’ in World War II

Germany on Friday marked 80 years since mass book burnings by the Nazis, as officials said the country had yet to recover from its self-inflicted “intellectual decapitation”. On May 10, 1933, less than four months after Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, his followers burned thousands of books by leading writers…

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