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Africa faces spike in older people living with HIV

Sub-Saharan Africa is likely to see a more than 200 percent increase in the number of older people living with HIV in the next 30 years, thanks to improvements in lifesaving treatment, experts said Thursday. “The proportion of people living with HIV aged 50 and over is going to increase…

Fillmmaker claims Trump golf course neighbors suffered ‘malign, egotistical bullying’

Bafta-winning director Bill Forsyth shocked by film that reveals ‘lives put to hazard and craven political behaviour’ over resort The film-maker Bill Forsyth has claimed that people living next to Donald Trump‘s golf course have suffered from “malign, egotistical bullying” and “craven” political behaviour comparable to living in communist-era Romania. In an article…

British couple who helped Kenyan village with cannabis profits jailed

Michael Foster and Susan Cooper made hundreds of thousands of pounds from cannabis factory at their Lincolnshire farmhouse A couple who ran a cannabis factory have been jailed despite using most of the proceeds of their illicit activities to help a Kenyan village where they were regular visitors. Michael Foster,…

French paternity leave altered to include same sex couples

Paternity leave in France is to be rebranded as “child welcome leave” to ensure same-sex partners have equal rights to paid leave following the birth of a child. The move was approved overnight Thursday by the social affairs committee of the national assembly in line with a request made five…

Harpooned husband case back in court

The conviction for murder of a Madagascan woman who allegedly tricked one of her many lovers into killing her husband with a fishing harpoon goes to appeal in France on Thursday. In a case her lawyers say is a test of whether the French courts can deal fairly with people…

Merkel pushes EU veto over national budgets

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday the European Union’s top financial official should have the power to veto the national budgets of member states. Merkel, addressing the Bundestag lower house of parliament ahead of an EU summit beginning later in Brussels, said the EU’s economics commissioner should have the authority…

Moody’s downgrades world’s oldest bank to ‘junk’

Moody’s credit rating agency on Thursday downgraded the world’s oldest bank, Italy’s Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, to “junk” status on worries government recapitalisation plans will prove insufficient. The lowering of BMPS’s rating by two notches to “Baaa3″, a non-investment grade, reflects Moody’s view that “there remains a material…

Doctors remove dildo from Chinese man’s intestines

A Chinese man had to seek medical help to remove a sex toy lodged in his intestines for five days, according to a state media report Thursday that said such cases were on the rise amid loosening attitudes towards sex. Doctors at Shanghai’s Zhongshan Hospital removed the 23-centimetre (nine-inch) dildo…

Fidel Castro statement issued amid health rumors

The first public statement in almost four months from Fidel Castro appeared in Cuba’s state media on Wednesday, as rumors persist about the 86-year-old revolutionary icon’s health. Castro has not been seen in public since March 28, when Pope Benedict XVI paid a landmark visit, and briefly the following week…

Acclaimed Turkish pianist Fazil Say tried for blasphemy

World-renowned Turkish pianist Fazil Say went on trial Thursday before an Istanbul court on charges of insulting Islam and offending Muslims in comments he made on Twitter. Some 100 human rights activists, including artists and journalists, gathered outside the courthouse in support of the artist who has played with the…

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