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Appeals court rejects graphic anti-tobacco packaging

A US court on Friday shot down orders to slap graphic anti-tobacco messages on cigarette packs, saying the government overstepped its authority by trying to “browbeat” smokers into quitting. In line with campaigns in several other nations, the United States planned from September 22 to require images on cigarette packs…

Sierra Leone passes law that carries heavy sentences for sexual abuse offenders

Sierra Leone lawmakers on Friday passed a sexual offences law introducing stiff minimum sentences for offenders that has been hailed as a victory in a nation where sexual abuse is rife. Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs Stephen Gaojia said the new bill was “a victory for Sierra Leoneans as it protects women, children and…

Report: Corruption in Algeria is pervasive

Corruption in Algeria is endemic and tearing at the fabric of society, an official human rights group said in a report published on Friday, calling for punitive measures against corrupt officials. The National Consultative Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, an official body, said in its annual report for 2011 that graft had “spread throughout…

Greenpeace activists raid Russian oil tanker

Greenpeace activists on Friday raided an Arctic oil rig owned by Russian group Gazprom that next year will controversially pioneercommercial drilling in one of the world’s last pristine reserves. Russia’s largest energy group doused the six-member team from helicopters with icy streams of water as they hung down on thick blue ropes from the side of…

Cambodia limits fishing to protect freshwater dolphins

The Cambodian government on Friday said it will limit fishing in a zone in the Mekong River to protect critically endangered freshwater dolphins. The Irrawaddy dolphin conservation area will cover a 180-kilometre-long (110 miles) stretch of river from eastern Kratie province to the border with Laos, the government said after the measure was approved in…

Hundreds of Scottish pigeons go AWOL again in Yorkshire’s Bermuda Triangle

The fascinating question of how homing pigeons navigate so successfully has been raised again by the failure of 219 birds to get safely back to Scotland after a mass release at the weekend. Only 13 of the original release at Thirsk on the plain of York on Saturday returned to…

Armstrong stripped of seven Tour de France titles

Lance Armstrong on Friday faced being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles after abandoning his fight against the drug charges that have tainted his legacy. The 40-year-old former champion announced late on Thursday that he was dropping his legal challenge against the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which claim…

British recession not as bad as previously thought

Britain’s recession is not as deep as previously thought, according to revised second-quarter data published Friday, but questions remain over the outlook for the rest of the year, analysts said. British gross domestic product (GDP) shrank 0.5 percent between April and June compared with the first quarter, the Office for…

Chinese women use ‘appearance consultants’ to snag rich bachelors

Young Chinese women in swishy dresses and strappy sandals sit in a row clutching forms that list their weight and measurements as they wait for an interview with the “appearance consultant”. Dressed as if for a beauty contest, they are among more than 1,000 bidding to make it to the…

Berlusconi got me pregnant: German starlet ‘Queen Bee’

A German starlet known as “Queen Bee” for her organising role at Silvio Berlusconi’s raunchy parties said in an interview on Friday that she is pregnant by the former Italian prime minister. Asked by investigative daily Il Fatto Quotidiano about the rumour that Berlusconi could be the father of her…

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