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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…

U.N. meets to discuss easing global food prices

The international community is gathering in Italy for World Food Day on Tuesday with a round of UN-hosted talks on how to keep global food prices in check and help prevent future commodity market crises. “Food prices are too volatile and are dangerously high,” Olivier De Schutter, the UN’s rapporteur…

Hacker McKinnon will not be extradicted to the U.S.

Computer hacker Gary McKinnon, an Asperger’s sufferer who broke into US military computers, will not be extradited to the United States following a ten-year legal fight, Home Secretary Theresa May said Tuesday. “Mr McKinnon is accused of serious crimes, but there is also no doubt that he is seriously ill,”…

Doctors hopeful for Pakistani girl shot by Taliban

A 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban could make a “good recovery”, doctors treating her in a British hospital said Tuesday. Malala Yousafzai was spending her first full day in Britain after she was flown into Birmingham Airport on Monday on board an air…

Bangladesh film tackles past culture of underage sex

For conservative Muslim-majority Bangladesh, it is a forgotten and often shocking part of history: a time when aristocrats would openly flaunt male teenage singers whom they took as lovers. Homosexuality remains illegal in Bangladesh, but the practice of rich Muslim landlords in rural areas publicly living with adolescent “Ghetu” males…

Cuba scraps exit permits for citizens to travel

Cubans will no longer require an exit permit for foreign travel from January 14, the foreign ministry said Tuesday, the latest in a trickle of reforms enacted on the communist-ruled island. The government has also extended the period citizens are allowed to remain abroad from 11 to 24 months, with…

Student protest in Mexico turns violent, 176 arrested

MORELIA, Mexico — Mexican students protesting a new curriculum threw homemade explosives, fired rockets and hurled stones at police in a melee that left 176 arrested and 10 police officers injured, officials said. The protesting students are preparing to become teachers in rural areas, and they are angry because the…

Israeli parliament votes to dissolve and hold elections in January

JERUSALEM — Israel’s parliament voted overnight to dissolve itself and hold early elections on January 22, officials said Tuesday. The dissolution of the Knesset was approved by 100 votes to none in a third reading after a lengthy session in the 120-seat chamber. Last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced…

Africa fails to earn governance award for third time in four years

LONDON — The Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership — the world’s biggest individual prize — was not awarded for a third time in four years as no suitable candidates were found, it was announced Monday. At a press conference in London, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation said it was…

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