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Argentina plans to give out 82 million condoms in 2013

Argentina plans to give out 82 million condoms nationwide in 2013 in a campaign against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV, the health ministry said Friday. The condoms will be handed out at health centers, schools, prisons, bars and nightclubs, as well as through a network of nearly 3,000 fixed spots…

Church of England allows abstinent gay men in civil partnerships to be bishops

Gay clergy in civil partnerships will be allowed to become bishops if they are sexually abstinent, according to new policy The Church of England has agreed that gay clergy in civil partnerships can become bishops so long as they remain sexually abstinent, a decision that looks set to reopen one…

Congress counts electoral college votes

The US presidential election isn’t over yet: Congress must still count the electoral college’s votes. Only then will Barack Obama be officially declared the winner — a quaint formality, perhaps, but also constitutionally required. A relic of when Americans traveled on horseback and interstate communication was less than instantaneous, electoral…

U.S. adds 155,000 jobs, unemployment rate stays the same

The US economy added a modest 155,000 net new jobs in December, the Labor Department said Friday, and the unemployment rate held steady at 7.8 percent. The number of jobs created was slightly lower than November’s 161,000, showing the economy still was generating enough fresh positions only to slowly pull…

Shot Pakistan schoolgirl Malala leaves U.K. hospital

The Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education has been discharged from the British hospital treating her, a hospital spokeswoman said on Friday. Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, central England, said 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai would continue her rehabilitation at her family’s temporary English home before undergoing…

Majority of Israelis support Palestinian state

A slender majority of Israelis support the creation of a separate Palestinian state, but do not have high hopes for a peace deal, a survey said on Friday. The survey by daily Israel Hayom asked more than 800 Israelis “do you support or oppose the idea of two states for…

Hong Kong seizes huge haul of smuggled ivory

Hong Kong said Friday it had seized more than a tonne of ivory worth about $1.4 million in a shipment from Kenya, the city’s third big seizure in less than three months. Customs said they seized the 779 pieces of ivory tusk, weighing 1.3 tonnes, that were cut up and…

HBO television sued for allegedly abusing horses

An animal rights advocate has filed a lawsuit against US cable television network HBO, alleging that horses used in the filming of its series “Luck” often were drugged, sick and underweight. Plaintiff Barbara Casey also sued her former employer, the American Humane Association (AHA), for allegedly covering up the animals’…

Iraq looks to put squeeze on pudgy police

Ihsan Ghaidan, a policeman in one of Iraq’s most volatile provinces, admits he stands little chance of promotion and notes his performance is increasingly under the microscope, for one simple reason — he is overweight, and Iraq’s security leaders are not happy. In fact, he is not just overweight —…

In ‘rape capital’ Delhi, women turn to self-defense

After nearly three weeks of lurid reporting on a horrifying gang-rape in New Delhi, women in the Indian capital say they are more anxious than ever, leading to a surge in interest in self-defence classes. New Delhi has long been known as the “rape capital of India”, with more than…

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