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UK survey finds one new ‘legal high’ goes on sale every week in Britain

EU report reveals 57 new psychoactive drugs have been detected so far this year A record 57 new legal highs have been detected so far this year, with the EU’s early warning system reporting the appearance of more than one new psychoactive drug on the market every week. The rise…

India ‘concerned’ over pregnant woman’s death in Ireland

India on Thursday expressed “concern” over the death of a pregnant Indian woman in Ireland after doctors allegedly refused her an abortion because it was against the laws of the country. Savita Halappanavar, who was 17 weeks pregnant, died of septicaemia on October 28, a week after she was admitted…

Cambodia arrests eight for ‘SOS Obama’ stunt

Cambodian police arrested eight people Thursday for displaying portraits of US President Barack Obama next to the word “SOS” on their roofs ahead of his much-anticipated visit to the nation. The stunt was carried out by residents living near Phnom Penh airport in protest at their threatened eviction, a local…

Two dead in new outbreak of Ebola in Uganda: minister

A fresh outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in central Uganda has killed at least two people, the health minister said on Thursday. The virus has killed two members of the same family since Saturday about 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the capital Kampala, said Health Minister Christine Ondoa. “The…

FBI adds U.S. ‘rapping jihadi’ to terror wanted list

The FBI said Wednesday it had added to its list of most wanted terrorists the American “rapping jihadi,” an operative for Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shebab insurgents who uses rap as a propaganda tool. Omar Shafik Hammami, who was born in Alabama but is now thought to live in Somalia, is…

Germany to sign new benefits accord for Nazi victims

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said a new agreement he will sign Thursday with the Jewish Claims Conference will help Holocaust survivors who had never received compensation. Schaeuble and JCC chief Julius Berman are to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Luxembourg Agreement in which West Germany…

Doctors Without Borders presses New Guinea government on rampant sexual violence

The president of Medecins Sans Frontieres pressed Papua New Guinea’s new government to address its epidemic levels of sexual and domestic violence Thursday, calling it a “humanitarian crisis”. Unni Karunakara was in the impoverished Pacific nation to visit MSF projects targeting family and sexual violence and met with officials from…

BP in ‘advanced discussions’ to settle Gulf spill

British energy giant BP said on Thursday it was in advanced discussions to settle open criminal and regulatory cases with US authorities over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. “BP confirms that it is in advanced discussions with the United States Department of Justice and the Securities &…

Myanmar frees prisoners before Obama visit

Myanmar began releasing hundreds of prisoners Thursday under a mass amnesty that comes just days before a landmark visit by US President Barack Obama to the formerly military-ruled nation. Relatives of the scores of political detainees still languishing in jails were waiting anxiously to learn whether they would be among…

Cambodia accused of serious graft in malaria fight

A major international aid fund has accused Cambodia of “serious” corruption in the use of money intended to combat malaria and other life-threatening diseases. The UN-backed Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria said a probe into the use of grants “uncovered credible and substantive evidence of serious financial…

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