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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…

Prelate: Pope John Paul I was definitely not poisoned in 1978

Pope John Paul I, who reigned for just 33 days in 1978 before dying of a heart attack, was definitely not poisoned, the prelate advocating a sainthood for the late pontiff said on Tuesday. Monsignor Enrico dal Covolo said in an interview with the TGCOM blog that the documents and…

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…

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