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Iran will re-examine its list of banned books

Iran’s Culture Minister Ali Janati said Monday his department will review a ban imposed on certain books which censors have barred from publication, the official IRNA news agency reported. “Those books subjected to censorship or denied permission to be published in the past will be reviewed again and new decisions…

John Kerry: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators putting ‘all the core issues are on the table’

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that talks between Israel and the Palestinians were intensifying and that all issues were on the table. He also announced that Qatar had agreed to provide $150 million (110 million euros) in debt relief to the Palestinian Authority. Speaking after talks…

‘The Voice’ judge Cee Lo Green charged with drugging woman

Grammy-winning US rapper Cee Lo Green has been charged with spiking a woman’s drink with ecstasy before going back to her hotel, but not with attempted rape, prosecutors said Monday. The musician and producer, a judge on U.S. talent show The Voice, “allegedly slipped ecstasy to a 33-year-old female while…

PETA targets French airline over transporting lab monkeys

An animal rights group said Monday it hopes to collect 25,000 signatures by October 31 on an online petition urging Air France to stop transporting primates. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) alleged that the French airline is among only a few major carriers that still transport monkeys…

Iranian convict in a coma after surviving hanging

A convicted Iranian drug trafficker who survived a botched hanging has fallen into a coma, the IRNA news agency reported on Monday. “His level of consciousness is around six percent and the possibility of brain death will increase if the situation does not improve,” IRNA quoted what it called an…

Deported Roma girl begs France to let her return to her family

A Roma schoolgirl whose deportation to Kosovo caused an outcry in France on Monday begged the government to allow her to return with her family. French President Francois Hollande said on Saturday Leonarda Dibrani could go back to France to continue her schooling after she was deported to Kosovo, but…

Nobel Peace laureate calls for new ‘secular Ten Commandments’

Polish Nobel peace laureate Lech Walesa on Monday called for a new “secular Ten Commandments” to underpin universal values, addressing a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw. “We need to agree on common values for all religions as soon as possible, a kind of secular Ten Commandments on…

Psychologists find that death anxiety increases creativity if you can leave a legacy

In the Plato’s Phaedo, the famous ancient Greek thinker Socrates defines philosophy as melete thanatos — “rehearsal for death.” More than 2500 years later, psychologists are beginning to pick apart how the awareness of death impacts humans’ cognitive functions and maybe even gives rise to the “love of knowledge.” Research…

New Men’s Rights Movement’s leader ‘doesn’t give a f**k about rape victims’ when they’re women

This weekend, R. Tod Kelly wrote a damning profile of the new online leader of the Men’s Rights Movement (MRM), John Hembling, currently the editor in chief of A Voice for Men (AV4M). Hembling is a combative, controversial figure, who frequently makes untenable arguments, as when he claims women are…

Obama: The Affordable Care Act is not just a website

President Barack Obama said Monday there was “no sugarcoating” the problems clouding the online launch of his health care law, but mounted a firm defense of a system that will help define his legacy. Obama struggled to assert control over a mounting political storm over the rollout of Obamacare websites,…

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