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Cubans ditch exit permits for international travel

Cubans will no longer need an exit permit to travel abroad from January, the communist regime said on Tuesday, in a major overhaul of a half-century-old policy despised by the island’s citizens. The changes are the latest in a series of gradual reforms implemented in recent years by President Raul…

German doctors warn against Internet breast milk market

German pediatricians have warned new parents against obtaining breast milk to feed their babies via social networking sites such as Facebook, cautioning the milk could be harmful. The Professional Association of Pediatricians said that although mothers milk was generally the best option for a newborn, mothers unable to breastfeed should…

Anonymous hunts for Amanda Todd’s cyber stalker

Update (below): Man named by Anonymous admits to knowing Todd Hackers with the online protest movement “Anonymous” claimed Tuesday that they’ve figured out the identify of the individual who cyber stalked Canadian teen Amanda Todd prior to her suicide. A document published by a nameless hacker claimed a 30-year-old man…

Porn star caught in Spanish raid on Chinese mob

Spanish police arrested 60 people in raids on Chinese mobsters and accomplices, including a Spanish porn star, suspected of laundering money from prostitution and extortion, authorities said Tuesday. Hundreds of officers were carrying out raids in Madrid and Barcelona with warrants to arrest 108 people and search 120 properties on…

Saudi Arabia allows women lawyers to plead cases in court

Women lawyers in Saudi Arabia will be be allowed to plead cases in court for the first time from next month, according to a justice ministry directive published on Tuesday by Al-Watan daily. The ruling, which will take effect at the beginning of next month after the end of the…

Legendary French chef Alain Ducasse invites 200 chefs to summit

Legendary French chef Alain Ducasse has invited 200 of the world’s top chefs with a combined 300 Michelin stars to a culinary summit in Monte Carlo celebrating Mediterranean inspired cuisine. The event is part of the 25th anniversary festivities for the flagship Monegasque restaurant “Le Louis XV”, where Ducasse received…

Berlin art exhibition explores concept of freedom

An exhibition exploring the concept of freedom through post-World War II artworks begins a European tour here Wednesday, a stone’s throw from where the Berlin Wall once stood. With paintings, videos, photos, drawings and art installations, the “Desire for Freedom” exhibition at the German Historical Museum in central Berlin spotlights…

Prelate: Pope John Paul I was definitely not poisoned in 1978

Pope John Paul I, who reigned for just 33 days in 1978 before dying of a heart attack, was definitely not poisoned, the prelate advocating a sainthood for the late pontiff said on Tuesday. Monsignor Enrico dal Covolo said in an interview with the TGCOM blog that the documents and…

Hundreds affected after thieves switch painkiller medicine with water

undreds of Australians were given water instead of pain-killing medication after thieves siphoned off the drugs from ambulance supplies and refilled the empty vials from the tap, officials said Tuesday. Authorities in the state of Victoria said large amounts of the drug fentanyl had been taken and an investigation was…

Thieves steal several paintings from Dutch museum housing Picasso and Van Gogh works

Several paintings of considerable value were stolen from Rotterdam’s Kunsthal museum where works by world-renowned 19th and 20th century artists including Picasso and Van Gogh hang, police said Tuesday. “There was a break-in during the night and a few paintings were taken that represent a considerable sum,” Rotterdam police spokeswoman…

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