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Poland to open long-delayed museum on country’s near-vanished Jewish culture

Poland is on course to open a long-delayed museum dedicated to its near vanished Jewish minority next year, Culture Minister Bogdan Zdrojewski said Tuesday, lauding the project’s global impact. “It will be an important institution not only in Europe, but in the world,” Zdrojewski said at a presentation for the…

WHO: Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo stabilizes

An outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo has stabilised, with no new deaths or cases in more than a week, the World Health Organisation said Tuesday. For the past 10 days, the death toll from the haemorraghic fever has remained at 36 and no new cases have…

Greenpeace: Japan’s radiation monitoring unreliable

TOKYO — Government radiation monitoring in areas near Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is unreliable, Greenpeace charged on Tuesday, with heavily populated areas exposed to 13 times the legal limit. The environmental group said authorities were wasting time cleaning up evacuated areas and should prioritise decontamination efforts in places where…

Prostitution kingpin linked to Kadhafi son sentenced to 8 years

A French court Tuesday sentenced a Lebanese businessman in absentia to eight years in prison over a high-end prostitution ring operating at the Cannes Film Festival that had ties to a slain son of Moamer Kadhafi. The judge also slapped a 50,000 euro ($64,000) fine on Elie Nahas, a Lebanese…

Netherlands considers heated bike paths

Researchers in bicycle-mad Netherlands have come up with a novel way to get more cyclists out during the harsh winter months while also lowering the number of injuries: heated bike paths. “The idea is to install a system under bike paths to prevent ice forming in winter,” engineer Marcel Boerefijn…

European Union tightens online gambling controls

The European Commission outlined measures on Tuesday to tighten controls on online gambling, a fast-growing, multi-billion-euro industry, to combat fraud, money laundering and rigging of sport fixtures. “Consumers, but more broadly all citizens, must be adequately protected,” European internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier said. “Money laundering and fraud must be…

Uruguay president announces plans legally sell nationalized marijuana

By Christine Legrand José Mujica’s government says more damage is done by illegal dealings The president of Uruguay, José Mujica, has announced plans to legalise the production and sale of marijuana under a state monopoly, triggering a lively controversy in Montevideo. The relevant bill will soon be tabled in parliament, where the governing centre-left…

Japanese indifference to ‘Gangnam Style’ riles S.Korea

While South Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style” has taken the world by storm, it has largely fallen flat in Japan — an anomaly viewed with grave suspicion by some in the singer’s home country. Korean K-pop music is huge in Japan, but for one reason or another Japanese music fans…

Homeless tour guides reveal darker side of London

Like many other Londoners who make a living showing tourists around the city, Viv is telling a group of visitors how Waterloo Bridge was largely rebuilt by women after World War II. But Viv, 56, is no ordinary tour guide. She is homeless — and the stairs under the bridge,…

Britain and Germany clash on road ahead for EU

The foreign ministers of Britain and Germany clashed on their vision for Europe on Tuesday, with William Hague saying Berlin’s integration drive was alienating many in the bloc. Hague told a foreign policy forum in Berlin that the push for ever-greater coordination in areas like the banking sector and national…

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