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Dutch debate rights of three or more gay parents

“I think my friends are a little jealous because I’ve got two mummies and two daddies and they’ve only got two parents,” says Simon, 6, squirming with his brother Joaquin, 3, on the knees of their four gay parents. While Britain and France in the last week plodded ahead with…

New Guinea woman tortured, burned alive in ‘sorcery’ case

A young mother accused of sorcery was stripped naked, doused with petrol and burned alive in front of a crowd including schoolchildren in Papua New Guinea, reports said on Thursday. The woman, named by The National newspaper as Kepari Leniata, 20, was reportedly tortured with a branding iron and tied…

S. Korean air force parodies ‘Les Miserables’

The South Korean air force has posted a “Les Miserables” video parody on YouTube, complete with snow-shovelling airmen, a lovelorn military service conscript and a vindictive superior officer. The 14-minute video, entitled “Les Militaribles”, has garnered more than 400,000 views in just a few days and even received a Twitter…

Mexico police question eight in rape of six tourists

Mexican investigators questioned eight people in connection with the rape of six Spanish tourists in Acapulco, as officials scrambled to contain the potential damage on tourism. Around five gunmen wearing masks burst into a beach bungalow where 14 tourists were staying late Monday, tying up seven Spanish men and raping…

Transgender woman runs for office in Ecuador for first time

A 30-year-old rights activist is vying to become Ecuador’s first transsexual lawmaker. Diane Rodriguez is seeking to fill a vacant congressional seat as a candidate of the leftist Rupture 25 party in the South American country’s February 17 presidential and parliamentary elections. If she succeeds, the psychology student would become…

Police look for father after 9-year-old Mexican girl gives birth

A nine-year-old Mexican girl has given birth and authorities are looking for the presumed father, who is 17, officials said Wednesday. The girl, identified as Dafne, gave birth by Cesarean section to a baby girl weighing 2.7 kilos (5.7 pounds) and measuring 50 centimeters (20 inches) on January 27 in…

All dogs to be microchipped in England by 2016

By Hilary Osborne, The Guardian Move is attempt to curb huge numbers of abandoned dogs, costing taxpayer and charities £57m a year All dogs in England will, from April 2016, have to be microchipped as part of a government attempt to cut the number of strays and make pet owners…

Spanish police seize 4.5 tons of cocaine hidden in cow hides

Spanish police said Wednesday they had seized 4.1 tonnes of cocaine worth nearly a quarter of a billion euros in one of the biggest ever seizures of the drug in the country. The cocaine was found at a warehouse in the eastern city of Elche, hidden in containers of cow…

Russian divers fail to find Loch Ness monster during record dive

Russian explorers claimed a record Wednesday in diving to the bottom of a remote lake at the coldest time of the year but said they could not find its most famed inhabitant, a mythical Loch Ness-style monster. The team dived to the bottom of the remote Labynkyr lake in the…

Belgium adds chocolate taste to stamp glue

Belgium has launched a new stamp sure to delight chocoholics around the world. “We have added a chocolate taste to the glue of the stamps… which you can taste when you lick it,” the Belgian postal service said. “The stamps are also imbued with the smell,” it said, while the…

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