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In death Canadian teen Amanda Todd sheds light on cyberbullying

OTTAWA — The suicide of a Canadian girl tormented by an anonymous cyberbully has sparked a national debate in Canada on what is appropriate online behavior, calls for criminalizing the cruel practice and a police warning on Tuesday against vigilantism. In a YouTube video watched by millions worldwide, Amanda Todd,…

Czech inspectors seize thousands of litres of toxic liquor

PRAGUE — Health inspectors in the Czech Republic said Tuesday they had seized thousands of bottles of counterfeit rum containing deadly amounts of poisonous methanol. The seizure comes after the deaths of 28 people in September and October, when victims in the Czech Republic died after swallowing methanol-tainted, bootleg drinks.…

How financial aid letters often leave students confused and misinformed

The financial aid award letters that colleges send to prospective students can be confusing: Many mix grants, scholarships and loans all under the heading of “Award,” “Financial Assistance,” or “Offered Financial Aid.” Some schools also suggest loans in amounts that families can’t afford. Take Parent Plus loans, a federal program…

U.S. federal court throws out conviction of bin Laden’s driver

A US federal court threw out Tuesday the conviction of Osama bin Laden’s former driver, who was jailed at Guantanamo, saying material support for terrorism does not constitute a war crime. While Salim Hamdan has already been freed, the Yemeni’s appeal in civilian court could have ramifications for other suspects…

Saudi Arabia allows women lawyers to plead cases in court

Women lawyers in Saudi Arabia will be be allowed to plead cases in court for the first time from next month, according to a justice ministry directive published on Tuesday by Al-Watan daily. The ruling, which will take effect at the beginning of next month after the end of the…

Cubans ditch exit permits for international travel

Cubans will no longer need an exit permit to travel abroad from January, the communist regime said on Tuesday, in a major overhaul of a half-century-old policy despised by the island’s citizens. The changes are the latest in a series of gradual reforms implemented in recent years by President Raul…

German doctors warn against Internet breast milk market

German pediatricians have warned new parents against obtaining breast milk to feed their babies via social networking sites such as Facebook, cautioning the milk could be harmful. The Professional Association of Pediatricians said that although mothers milk was generally the best option for a newborn, mothers unable to breastfeed should…

Menopause increases belly fat but no overall weight gain

Contrary to popular perception, menopause does not cause weight gain, although it does increase fat around the waist, a specialist journal reported Tuesday. Scientists working for the International Menopause Society carried out a review of the evidence, looking at published studies into the impact of menopause on body weight. Where…

Porn star caught in Spanish raid on Chinese mob

Spanish police arrested 60 people in raids on Chinese mobsters and accomplices, including a Spanish porn star, suspected of laundering money from prostitution and extortion, authorities said Tuesday. Hundreds of officers were carrying out raids in Madrid and Barcelona with warrants to arrest 108 people and search 120 properties on…

Federal court throws out bin Laden driver conviction

A US federal court threw out Tuesday the conviction of Osama bin Laden’s former driver, who was jailed at Guantanamo, saying material support for terrorism does not constitute a war crime. While Salim Hamdan has already been freed, the Yemeni’s appeal in civilian court could have ramifications for other suspects…

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