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Greece suspends state aid to neo-Nazi party

The Greek parliament late Tuesday adopted a measure suspending state aid to the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party, after six of its lawmakers faced charges of constituting or belonging to a criminal organisation. The measure was adopted by 235 votes out of 300 in the assembly. Members of Golden Dawn called…

Facebook backtracks on beheading videos and adds content warnings

Facebook began adding warning messages Tuesday to gruesome videos of beheadings after a shift in policy prompted an outcry. According to screen shots on media sites including the BBC and Guardian, the social media giant was adding warnings saying such videos contained “extremely graphic content” and “may be upsetting.” Facebook…

French court allows Franco-Moroccan gay couple to marry

A French court on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for a Franco-Moroccan gay couple to marry, going against a government ruling that homosexuals from Morocco and 10 other countries cannot tie the knot. France legalised same-sex marriage in May after months of intense and sometimes violent protests, and the couple —…

Syrian film becomes festival favorite following dangerous wartime shoot

A Syrian film that has scooped a string of prestigious awards in recent months barely made it to screens because of the dangers the crew faced in the war-ravaged country, its director told AFP. Filmmaker Basil al-Khatib’s Mariam won prizes at festivals in Cairo on October 13, at Oran in…

Cuba ends unpopular dual-currency system after 19 years

Cuba announced Tuesday it was ending an unpopular 19-year-old dual currency system that has contributed to a growing wealth gap between Cubans with access to dollars and those without. Cubans who have access to convertible pesos are mainly those who work in the tourist industry or who receive money from…

Hospital laptop theft puts 729,000 patients’ records at risk

Officials at six California hospitals are warning patients enrolled in Medicare to watch out for scams after two laptops containing 729,000 patients’ records and personal information were stolen, KCBS-TV reported on Tuesday. The theft at the offices of AHMC Healthcare Inc., which runs the affected hospitals, reportedly took place on…

September jobs report brings more bad news for young workers

September jobs report shows young people still losing out (via The Christian Science Monitor) Job seekers wait to meet with employers at a career fair in New York City.The unemployment rate remained unchanged at 7.2 percent in September, but job growth for young workers still lags. (Mike Segar/Reuters/File) Six years…

Czech artist gives president 33-foot-high one-finger salute

A Prague artist has given Czech President Milos Zeman the finger — a huge purple one floating on the river — to protest against his soft spot for old-school Communists just days before a snap election. “It’s a middle-fingered salute at the fucking Communist shits in (Prague) Castle,” outspoken artist…

Chinese state media runs 30-minute ‘report’ ripping Samsung

China’s state-run broadcaster launched a broadside against South Korean electronics giant Samsung, the latest foreign brand to be castigated by authorities in the world’s second-largest economy. In a 30-minute investigative programme featuring interviews with consumers and repairmen, state-run China Central Television criticised Samsung for producing “faulty” smartphones, arguing that the…

Officials in Zurich call ‘sex box’ drive-in a success

Switzerland’s first sex drive-in, which opened two months ago in a bid to take prostitution off Zurich’s streets, has been a success, the city said Tuesday following an initial evaluation. “After two months I can say that this guarded prostitution site is working,” Michael Herzig, director of social services for…

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