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Masked men torch key Sufi shrine in Tunis

LA MANOUBA, Tunisia — One of Tunisia’s main mausoleums of the Sufi sect has been burned down in an overnight arson attack, an AFP journalist said Tuesday, amid a spate of attacks on Sufi shrines by increasingly assertive Salafists. The Saida Manoubia shrine or zawiya in the western La Manouba…

Czech inspectors seize thousands of litres of toxic liquor

PRAGUE — Health inspectors in the Czech Republic said Tuesday they had seized thousands of bottles of counterfeit rum containing deadly amounts of poisonous methanol. The seizure comes after the deaths of 28 people in September and October, when victims in the Czech Republic died after swallowing methanol-tainted, bootleg drinks.…

Saudi Arabia allows women lawyers to plead cases in court

Women lawyers in Saudi Arabia will be be allowed to plead cases in court for the first time from next month, according to a justice ministry directive published on Tuesday by Al-Watan daily. The ruling, which will take effect at the beginning of next month after the end of the…

Cubans ditch exit permits for international travel

Cubans will no longer need an exit permit to travel abroad from January, the communist regime said on Tuesday, in a major overhaul of a half-century-old policy despised by the island’s citizens. The changes are the latest in a series of gradual reforms implemented in recent years by President Raul…

German doctors warn against Internet breast milk market

German pediatricians have warned new parents against obtaining breast milk to feed their babies via social networking sites such as Facebook, cautioning the milk could be harmful. The Professional Association of Pediatricians said that although mothers milk was generally the best option for a newborn, mothers unable to breastfeed should…

Anonymous hunts for Amanda Todd’s cyber stalker

Update (below): Man named by Anonymous admits to knowing Todd Hackers with the online protest movement “Anonymous” claimed Tuesday that they’ve figured out the identify of the individual who cyber stalked Canadian teen Amanda Todd prior to her suicide. A document published by a nameless hacker claimed a 30-year-old man…

Porn star caught in Spanish raid on Chinese mob

Spanish police arrested 60 people in raids on Chinese mobsters and accomplices, including a Spanish porn star, suspected of laundering money from prostitution and extortion, authorities said Tuesday. Hundreds of officers were carrying out raids in Madrid and Barcelona with warrants to arrest 108 people and search 120 properties on…

Saudi Arabia allows women lawyers to plead cases in court

Women lawyers in Saudi Arabia will be be allowed to plead cases in court for the first time from next month, according to a justice ministry directive published on Tuesday by Al-Watan daily. The ruling, which will take effect at the beginning of next month after the end of the…

Legendary French chef Alain Ducasse invites 200 chefs to summit

Legendary French chef Alain Ducasse has invited 200 of the world’s top chefs with a combined 300 Michelin stars to a culinary summit in Monte Carlo celebrating Mediterranean inspired cuisine. The event is part of the 25th anniversary festivities for the flagship Monegasque restaurant “Le Louis XV”, where Ducasse received…

Berlin art exhibition explores concept of freedom

An exhibition exploring the concept of freedom through post-World War II artworks begins a European tour here Wednesday, a stone’s throw from where the Berlin Wall once stood. With paintings, videos, photos, drawings and art installations, the “Desire for Freedom” exhibition at the German Historical Museum in central Berlin spotlights…

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