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French socialist candidate Francois Hollande promises gender equity in cabinet positions

He has promised an equal number of men and women in cabinet, and a new ministry of women’s rights. But will François Hollande turn out to the be president who finally took on the pervasive sexism in French politics, if as expected he wins Sunday’s presidential election? The Socialist frontrunner,…

Junior Seau’s brain donated for NFL injury research

The family of Junior Seau, the former San Diego Charges player who died on Wednesday, has agreed to let researchers study his brain. Police found Seau, who had a 20-year career in the NFL, at his home in southern California, having died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.…

Activists hold SlutWalk rally in Jerusalem

Dozens of Israelis held a SlutWalk rally in Jerusalem on Friday to protest sexual violence and counter claims that women’s attire or behaviour provoke rape and sexual assault, an AFP correspondent said. Predominantly young women and some men marched through central streets of the Holy City in minimal or sexually…

TransCanada proposes new oil pipeline through Nebraska

A Canadian firm has reapplied for a US permit to build a multi-billion dollar Canada-US oil pipeline, after its first proposal was rejected over environmental concerns, both sides said Friday. The US State Department said it is “committed to conducting a rigorous, transparent and thorough review” of the northern leg…

‘Big Bang’ scientist convicted of al-Qaeda terror plot in France

A Paris court sentenced a Franco-Algerian nuclear physicist to four years in jail on Friday after he was convicted of plotting with Al-Qaeda’s north African branch to carry out terror attacks. Police arrested Adlene Hicheur, a researcher studying the Big Bang at the birth of the universe at the European…

Long-term unemployment remains virtually unchanged in economic recovery

Before the birth of her fourth child, Keron Bartholomew decided she needed to be near her family in Orlando, Florida. Her partner, Fernando Bogle, was still in college in New York, and was hoping to become a pharmacist. He planned to join them when he graduated. But within a year…

UK considers filter that requires porn viewers to ‘opt in’

The government is to consider introducing new filters for online pornography, in a move likely to be fiercely resisted by internet service providers. Prime minister David Cameron is expected to consult in the next few weeks on whether ISPs, such as BT and Virgin media, should block adult material as…

U.S. unemployment rate falls to 8.1 percent, economy adds 115,000 new jobs

The US unemployment rate fell to 8.1 percent in April as the economy created a modest 115,000 jobs, official figures showed Friday, the eve of President Barack Obama’s maiden reelection rally. Despite the meager job creation, the Labor Department data showed unemployment at the lowest level in over three years.…

South African cat survives spin in washing machine

A South African cat emerged washed and rinsed but unharmed after nearly two hours trapped inside a washing machine, The Star newspaper reported Friday. Karin Bennett, 63, heard muffled meows but searched in vain for her black cat Tabitha for an hour and 45 minutes, until she saw a furry…

East Asians nearsighted from snubbing outdoors: study

Snubbing the outdoors for books, video games and TV is the reason up to nine in ten school-leavers in big East Asian cities are near-sighted, according to a study published on Friday. Neither genes nor the mere increase in activities like reading and writing is to blame, the researchers suggest,…

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