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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…

At 101, Swede ‘too healthy for retirement home’

At almost 101 years of age, Anna Lundvall has been refused a spot in a Swedish retirement home because municipal officials say she is too healthy, her outraged daughter said on Monday. “You wouldn’t believe that she’s almost 101, she’s got a very clear head. But she doesn’t feel safe,”…

Argentina calls for international help over seized ship

Argentina’s foreign minister on Monday called on the United Nations to help free a navy sailing ship seized in Ghana over an unpaid debt. Foreign Minister Hector Timerman sought help from the UN Security Council and Secretary General Ban Ki-moon over the case of the ARA Libertad, a vessel used…

Mexico digs up relative to identify slain drug lord

Mexican authorities exhumed a relative of drug kingpin Heriberto Lazcano and took DNA samples from the corpse to remove any doubt they had killed the Zetas leader. Lazcano, one of Mexico’s most wanted men, is believed to have been killed at a baseball field in the northern state of Coahuila…

Syria violence rages despite UN truce hopes

Deadly clashes in Syria showed no signs of easing on Tuesday, even as the United Nations said it has plans to assemble a peacekeeping force in case a truce proposed by its special envoy takes hold. Warplanes raided a district of the northern city of Aleppo as fighting across the…

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