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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…

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…

Legendary French chef Alain Ducasse invites 200 chefs to summit

Legendary French chef Alain Ducasse has invited 200 of the world’s top chefs with a combined 300 Michelin stars to a culinary summit in Monte Carlo celebrating Mediterranean inspired cuisine. The event is part of the 25th anniversary festivities for the flagship Monegasque restaurant “Le Louis XV”, where Ducasse received…

Court rejects German woman’s claims Higgs boson experiment posed danger

A German woman who feared the Earth would be sucked into oblivion in a black hole has failed in her court bid to stop the work of the world’s most powerful atom smasher. The higher administrative court in Muenster, western Germany, rejected her claims, ruling there was no evidence the…

Berlin art exhibition explores concept of freedom

An exhibition exploring the concept of freedom through post-World War II artworks begins a European tour here Wednesday, a stone’s throw from where the Berlin Wall once stood. With paintings, videos, photos, drawings and art installations, the “Desire for Freedom” exhibition at the German Historical Museum in central Berlin spotlights…

Dominique Strauss-Kahn seeks damages over publication of photos with his girlfriend

Lawyers for disgraced ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a woman named as his new girlfriend sought damages in court Tuesday from two French magazines for publishing “stolen photographs” of them together. The magazines named in the suit are VSD and Closer, which had published photographs of Strauss-Kahn and Myriam L’Aouffir…

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