Quantcast
Home » Archives » World (Page 849)

French paternity leave altered to include same sex couples

Paternity leave in France is to be rebranded as “child welcome leave” to ensure same-sex partners have equal rights to paid leave following the birth of a child. The move was approved overnight Thursday by the social affairs committee of the national assembly in line with a request made five…

Harpooned husband case back in court

The conviction for murder of a Madagascan woman who allegedly tricked one of her many lovers into killing her husband with a fishing harpoon goes to appeal in France on Thursday. In a case her lawyers say is a test of whether the French courts can deal fairly with people…

Merkel pushes EU veto over national budgets

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday the European Union’s top financial official should have the power to veto the national budgets of member states. Merkel, addressing the Bundestag lower house of parliament ahead of an EU summit beginning later in Brussels, said the EU’s economics commissioner should have the authority…

Moody’s downgrades world’s oldest bank to ‘junk’

Moody’s credit rating agency on Thursday downgraded the world’s oldest bank, Italy’s Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, to “junk” status on worries government recapitalisation plans will prove insufficient. The lowering of BMPS’s rating by two notches to “Baaa3″, a non-investment grade, reflects Moody’s view that “there remains a material…

Doctors remove dildo from Chinese man’s intestines

A Chinese man had to seek medical help to remove a sex toy lodged in his intestines for five days, according to a state media report Thursday that said such cases were on the rise amid loosening attitudes towards sex. Doctors at Shanghai’s Zhongshan Hospital removed the 23-centimetre (nine-inch) dildo…

Fidel Castro statement issued amid health rumors

The first public statement in almost four months from Fidel Castro appeared in Cuba’s state media on Wednesday, as rumors persist about the 86-year-old revolutionary icon’s health. Castro has not been seen in public since March 28, when Pope Benedict XVI paid a landmark visit, and briefly the following week…

Acclaimed Turkish pianist Fazil Say tried for blasphemy

World-renowned Turkish pianist Fazil Say went on trial Thursday before an Istanbul court on charges of insulting Islam and offending Muslims in comments he made on Twitter. Some 100 human rights activists, including artists and journalists, gathered outside the courthouse in support of the artist who has played with the…

Israeli airforce strikes in Gaza following rocket attack

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — The Israeli airforce carried out a sortie in the Gaza Strip early Thursday morning, sources on both sides said, hours after rockets from the enclave hit southern Israel. Palestinian medics and security sources said the strike targeted a Hamas security site south of Gaza City.…

UN demands inquiry after Darfur peacekeeper killed

UNITED NATIONS — UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon demanded an investigation after one peacekeeper was killed and three others wounded on Wednesday in an ambush in Sudan’s North Darfur state. According to Ban’s spokesman, Martin Nesirky, all the victims, from the African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), had South…

Russian protest leader placed under house arrest

MOSCOW — Russia placed a leader of mass protest rallies against President Vladimir Putin under house arrest on Wednesday after questioning him in a criminal probe into allegations he was plotting a violent uprising. The country’s Investigative Committee said Sergei Udaltsov, 35, had been “placed under the obligation not to…

Google+