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Spain provided a record number of organ donations in 2011

Spain provided a record number of donors of bodily organs in 2011 as the number of transplants in Europe rose, the health ministry said Wednesday. In Spain there were 35 donors per million inhabitants, while the number of transplants performed in Europe passed 30,000 for the first time, it said.…

Dutch customs confiscated hundreds of tarantulas

Dutch customs confiscated hundreds of poisonous tarantulas on a flight from Peru after discovering them hidden in a suitcase, officials said Wednesday. “Customs at Schiphol airport found 200 live tarantulas and an assortment of other insects including bugs, crickets, grasshoppers and millipedes,” customs officials said in a statement, issued by…

Parody: Gangnam Style Panda

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has sponsored a parody of Psy’s hit YouTube video “Gangnam Style” to “spread awareness about the giant pandas of Chengdu and to engage in an informative conversation about the efforts to conserve, breed and release pandas back into the wild.” Watch this video…

Moroccans voice opposition to Dutch ‘abortion boat’

Moroccans voiced opposition on Wednesday to the imminent arrival of a Dutch “abortion boat,” on its first visit to a Muslim country to provide abortions to women that organisers say might otherwise be exposed to grave health risks. “Moroccan law forbids abortion. Moroccan religious identity say it is forbidden and…

Saudi Arabia will curb the power of religious police

Saudi Arabia will curb the powers of its notorious religious police charged with ensuring compliance with Islamic morality but often accused of abuses, a newspaper report said on Wednesday. “The new system will set a mechanism for the field work of the committee’s men which hands over some of their…

Assange supporters plea to keep £140,000 in bail money

Julian Assange‘s supporters have pleaded in court to keep in bail money that is in jeopardy because of the WikiLeaks founder’s decision to seek political asylum in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. Vaughan Smith, the former British army captain who hosted Assange at his Norfolk home while he was on…

American women plan anti-drone hunger strike in Pakistan

Not content with a planned march into one of Pakistan’s most dangerous regions, a group of middle-aged American women are considering mounting a hunger strike outside the US embassy in Islamabad as part a campaign against CIA drone attacks in the country. Thirty-five activists from Code Pink, a US anti-war…

Beached whales provide food to Indonesian islanders

The beaching of 46 pilot whales on a small island in south-eastern Indonesia – during which all but three died – has turned into an unexpected mealtime bonanza for locals, who have taken the meat for food, a common practice for the region’s whale hunters. Many of the whales were…

French president’s partner regrets firing tweet at her companion’s ex

French President Francois Hollande’s partner Valerie Trierweiler admitted Wednesday she had made a mistake in firing off a tweet snubbing Hollande’s ex-companion and said she regretted it. “It was a mistake that I regret. I must have been clumsy because this was badly interpreted,” Trierweiler told newspaper Ouest-France. “I had…

Anti-Islam film protests bring boom for Pakistan flag makers

Weeks of protests in Pakistan over the crudely made “Innocence of Muslims” have killed more than 20 people and caused serious damage to major cities, but for Haider business is booming. When the mobilisation against the US film began, “I knew the tills would start ringing”, said the manager at Panaflex…

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