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New Zealand bans foreign students from working as prostitutes

International students in New Zealand, where prostitution is legal, have been told they are to be barred from working in the sex trade. A government immigration website, www.nzstudywork.com, said Monday overseas students have the same workplace rights as all New Zealanders, but lists jobs they cannot do. Foreign students “can’t…

Violence and vaccine fears keep polio from disappearing

Sixty years after the first successful polio vaccine trial, the disease has been wiped out in much of the world, but violence, conspiracy theories and lack of cash keep it from disappearing. “The world is closer than ever to eradicating polio,” said Oliver Rosenbauer, spokesman for the World Health Organization’s…

Tortoises thrive on coral atoll where the creatures outnumber humans 10,000-to-one

It is perhaps not surprising that there are only a handful of humans on one of the most remote islands on Earth, coral atolls far out in the turquoise seas of the Indian Ocean. What is unexpected are the 100,000 giant tortoises — more than are found on the world…

Teenage cancer deaths cut to half of what they were in the 1970s

Almost half as many teenagers and young adults are dying from cancer today as did in the 1970s, according to a report from Cancer Research UK published Monday. Deaths between 2008-2010 in this age group were around 300 a year, down from 580 a year in the period 1975-1977. The…

U.S. cedes full control of Bagram military prison to Afghan forces

Afghanistan on Monday took full control of Bagram military prison from the United States, healing one running sore in their testy relationship as US-led forces wind down more than a decade of war. President Hamid Karzai had made the fate of the detention centre north of Kabul part of his…

CIA helping boost arms shipments to Syria rebels: NYT

Arab nations and Turkey, helped by the CIA, have dramatically increased military aid to Syrian rebels in recent months, The New York Times reported Monday. The US Central Intelligence Agency was helping their efforts, the newspaper added, citing air traffic data and interviews with unnamed officials and the rebel commanders.…

Cyprus strikes deal to close second-largest bank and tax deposits over €100,000

Deal will reportedly involve heavy losses for wealthy investors, while those with savings under €100,000 will be spared European leaders reached an agreement with Cyprus early on Monday morning to close down the island’s second biggest bank and inflict huge losses on wealthy savers. Russians would lose billions of euros…

Pussy Riot on 60 Minutes: ‘we’re advocating for a peaceful overthrow’

The Russian punk band Pussy Riot remains defiant against Vladimir Putin’s regime, telling  60 Minutes, “we want the government to leave power, because we consider it illegitimate. But we’re advocating for a peaceful overthrow,” during a segment that aired Sunday night. Pussy Riot made international headlines in March of 2012,…

Bridges become the hottest new item for thieves to steal

In an act of great audacity, a bunch of thieves have stolen a whole bridge in one night. And they are not the only criminals with big targets Are you in the market for a 22-tonne bridge? Is there an 82ft gap that you’re aching to span? If so, and…

Protests continue in NYC after slain boy’s funeral

Coinciding with the funeral of Kimani Gray on Saturday, peaceful protests against the New York Police Department continued throughout Brooklyn. The death of 16-year-old Gray on March 9 ignited a community firestorm over the tactics of the NYPD, whose officers shot the teenager more than half a dozen times because…

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