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Saudi clerics protest king’s move to empower women

A group of hardline clerics protested outside the royal palace in Riyadh against the king’s decision to appoint 30 women to the kingdom’s top advisory body, a YouTube video posted on Wednesday showed. The footage of Tuesday’s demonstration showed clerics protesting what they said were “dangerous changes in the country…

U.S media brings glitz to increasingly urbane Mongolia

Every time a new Mongolian-language edition of Cosmopolitan magazine is released, Tselmeg Erdenkhuu sits down with a friend to explore a monthly dose of Hollywood gossip, glitzy fashion and scintillating sex. “They talk about sex a lot in this magazine, like what position is healthy or how to make men…

British lawmakers will issue demands for staying in European Union

Lawmakers from Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party will on Wednesday issue a “manifesto” spelling out the sweeping changes that need to be made to keep Britain in the European Union. The Fresh Start group of eurosceptic MPs will urge Cameron to demand four “significant revisions” when he makes his…

Attempted suicide of raped Moroccan highlights plight of victims

A young Moroccan house maid, whose dramatic suicide attempt has revived concerns about violence towards women and child workers in Morocco, said on Tuesday that her family rejected her after she was raped. The 19-year-old women, who leapt from the fourth floor of an apartment building in Casablanca where she…

Second cholera outbreak affects 51 in Cuba

A new cholera outbreak has sickened 51 people in Havana, Cuba’s second in four months after a 130-year stretch without the disease, the Health Ministry said Tuesday. One man has died, his family said. The latest outbreak was from the same cholera strain found to have been introduced in Haiti…

Study: Companies from emerging markets will shape global economy in next decade

Top companies from emerging markets are riding the rapid growth of their regions and will shape the global economy over the next decade, a study said on Tuesday. The top 100 fast-globalising companies from rapidly developing economies are outpacing their rivals from developed economies in terms of expansion, job creation…

Kenyan officials impound 600 pieces of ivory

Officials in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa have impounded more than 600 pieces of ivory, weighing two tonnes, officials told AFP Tuesday. “They were labelled as decorating stones and were headed to Indonesia from Tanzania,” a police source based at the port told AFP on condition of anonymity.…

Solar-powered robots coming to greener French wine future

An Earth-friendly future for French wine could include disease-resistant grapes, solar-powered robots, and lighter packaging, as vintners innovate to slash their environmental footprint. “We can’t keep functioning like this, polluting the Earth,” Alexis Raoux, sustainability manager for the Bordeaux-based drinks group Castel, told AFP. “What feeds us is the soil.…

NASA: Chinese smog can be seen from space

China’s air pollution problem is so bad that on especially cold days in the country’s largest cities, the smog trapped below the dense, cold air collects to such a degree that NASA said this week it could be seen from space. The morning of January 10 was one such day…

‘Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence’ director Nagisa Oshima dies at 80

The Japanese director of the acclaimed World War II prison camp drama “Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence”, Nagisa Oshima, died Tuesday, his son said. He was 80. Oshima, who had a critical hit with the controversial erotic work “In the Realm of the Senses” which famously contained unsimulated sex scenes, had…

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