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Indian textbook says meat-eating makes you lie, steal and fight

The pros and cons of meat-eating may be the subject of debate for nutritionists, but one Indian school textbook is clear: a fleshy diet will make you lie, steal and even commit sex crimes. The unusual moral guidance appeared in a school book for 11-year-olds, purporting to offer education on…

France denies access to refuge for Mayan end-of-the-world believers

France on Friday dashed the hopes of those who had planned to take refuge in one of the few places on Earth some believe will be spared when the world ends on December 21. Local officials banned access to the Pic de Bugarach, a mountain in the southwest where rumour…

IKEA ‘regrets’ use of forced labor in Cold War-era east Germany

Swedish furniture giant Ikea on Friday admitted that some of its suppliers used forced labour in former Communist East Germany and expressed “deep regret” that its controls were less strict at the time. Releasing a report into the use of forced labour in East Germany that came under fire even…

UN report: China lagging in sex ed

By Frederika Whitehead Awareness among China’s 161 million 15-24-year-olds is poor, while sex education and services are said to be inadequate.  China has a lot of work to do if it wants to provide adequate sexual health services for its 161 million 15- to 24-year-olds. A recent report funded by the…

Spain reports third eviction-linked suicide in less than a month

The man in Cordoba, southern Spain, threw himself from a window just one day after the government announced an emergency halt to mortgage-related expulsions. The apartment was owned by the man’s family who wanted to expel him, a government official for the Andalusia region said. It was unclear whether his…

Prince Charles voices shock at still quake-scarred Christchurch, NZ

Prince Charles expressed shock on Friday at the devastation that still scars Christchurch, the New Zealand city rocked by an earthquake last year that claimed 185 lives. On the final day of a Pacific tour marking Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee, Charles and his wife Camilla visited the South Island…

French swimmer Agnel admits doping – on Nutella

Olympic 200m freestyle and 4x100m relay champion Yannick Agnel on Friday attributed his two new records to a chocolate hazelnut spread as he took the French national short-course championships by storm. France’s double gold medallist in London said an official asked him to sign drug test papers just as he…

India’s public health system has collapsed: minister

India’s rural development minister said Friday the country’s public health system had “collapsed” in a blunt assessment of his government’s failure to extend a social safety net for the poor. Jairam Ramesh, known as a maverick with often outspoken views, stressed that 70 percent of spending on health was out…

British Buddhist monk self-immolates in France

A British monk died in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in France after he poured petrol over his clothes and set himself alight, police said Friday. The 38-year-old Briton, whom police did not name, had been living at Nalanda monastery near the southwestern village of Labastide-Saint-Georges for the past five years.…

Israeli army starts drafting 16,000 reservists

The Israeli army started calling up 16,000 reservists on Friday, as officials said the Jewish state was preparing for a possible ground offensive into the Gaza Strip. “They’re distributing emergency call-up notices now, the process has started,” an army spokeswoman told AFP. “As part of Operation Pillar of Defence, the…

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