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Mexico inaugurates new President Peña Nieto, but takes on ‘old’ party reputation

Mexico inaugurates new President Peña Nieto, but takes on 'old' party reputation Mexican President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto takes office today, but when Mexicans chose him as president in July, they voted for more than just a presidential platform. Voters elected to bring back to power a party that ran the…

Australia bans ‘branded’ packaging of cigarettes

Starting on Dec. 1, it will be illegal in Australia to sell cigarettes in “branded” packaging, reported Al Jazeera. Instead, the government has created a variety of standardized packages for all manufacturers. “Australia’s government has taken away that flash of color and brand,” says Al Jazeera. The companies attempted to…

Top secret British colonial files missing, some potentially destroyed

Some 170 boxes of top secret files on Britain’s former colonial administrations have gone missing, while those relating to Singapore may have been destroyed in the 1990s, the government said Friday. In a statement to parliament, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister David Lidington said the department knew the files had…

Facebook page tracking sex offenders infringes human rights, says Irish judge

A Facebook page set up to monitor paedophiles has been removed after a judge in Northern Ireland ruled that it risked infringing the human rights of a convicted sex offender. The man, who cannot be identified, started legal proceedings against the social networking site after discovering his photograph and threatening…

North Korean news agency claims ‘unicorn lair’ of ancient leader discovered

Normally, North Korea’s official state news agency is the place to go for reports ranging from the reclusive totalitarian state’s unparalleled scientific achievements to the limitless love which its inhabitants reserve for their successive leaders. Yet in what appears to be a genuine world exclusive, the inimitable Korean Central News…

Unregulated ‘natural’ label on wine stirs confusion, controversy

Natural wine? Who could possibly object? With a desire for healthy, sustainable food stimulating trends like the farm to table movement and Slow Food, natural wine is positioning itself as the perfect accompaniment. But according to some experts, the unregulated use of the term ‘natural’ is misleading gullible consumers as…

Greek HIV cases reaching ‘epidemic’ proportions, experts say

HIV infection among crisis-hit Greece’s drug users is reaching “epidemic” proportions with recorded cases marking a 35-fold increase from 2010, health experts warned Friday. A Greek study found 487 HIV-positive cases among intravenous drug users in the first ten months of the year compared with 206 in 2011 and 10…

Japanese mayor tweets during campaign despite official ban

A maverick hoping to upset Japan’s political scene has vowed to continue using Twitter throughout a general election, despite a strict ban on all forms of Internet campaigning. Under Japanese election law, candidates and their supporters are not permitted to Tweet, use Facebook, update their websites or even send emails…

Former Last.fm executive blames marijuana for sex assault

Stefan Glaenzer, the former chairman of Internet radio provider Last.fm, pleaded guilty recently to allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman on the London Underground in August. The millionaire and current chairman of the investment group Passion Capital told a British magistrate that he’s used marijuana for years and was…

Cuba to punish musicians producing ‘vulgar’ songs

Musicians that perform songs deemed vulgar or that “violate ethical standards” will now be punished in Cuba, the state-run Institute of Music said Friday. In communist Cuba, most everything — especially the airwaves — belongs to the government. Aside from hotels that cater to foreigners, there is no MTV, VH1…

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