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Moroccan navy blocks Dutch ‘abortion boat’

The Moroccan navy on Thursday blocked the Mediterranean harbour in which a controversial Dutch “abortion ship” was due to dock in the first such trip to a Muslim country, one of the organisers said. “They have blocked the harbour. We can see a big warship in front of the harbour,”…

German cabinet considers law to legalize circumcision in some circumstances

A draft law aimed at resolving a controversy in Germany over the circumcision of boys is due to be considered by the cabinet next week, a source close to the government said Thursday. The new legislation would permit circumcision under certain conditions and remove the legal uncertainty created when a…

Swedish royals condemn swastika-laden art that depicts king eating pizza off naked woman

Sweden’s royal court has criticised the publication of an artwork showing the Swedish king eating pizza off a naked woman’s body, while the queen tries to scrub a swastika off the floor. “There is a limit to how much anyone should have to endure. The picture is offensive, hurtful and…

Dubai to build giant replica of Taj Mahal to be ‘world’s greatest wedding venue’

A replica of India’s world-famous Taj Mahal, four times the size of the original, is to be built in Dubai as what is to be billed as the world’s grandest wedding venue, one of its developers said. It took the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan 22 years to build the marble…

Bosnia national museum closes due to lack of funding after staying open through civil war

Bosnia’s National Museum, founded in the 19th century and home to a famed 600-year old Jewish manuscript known as the Sarajevo Haggadah, closed its doors indefinitely Thursday due to political disputes and a lack of funding. “Such a complex institution cannot function by improvisations. The authorities must provide the funds…

Man steals iPhone from 20-month-old girl watching ‘Barney the Dinosaur’

A thief in Lancashire, England has been caught on video stealing an iPhone from a 20-month-old girl who was watching a “Barney the Friendly Dinosaur” children’s program. Danielle Hinnigan, 26, was browsing clothes at a local shop when surveillance cameras captured a middle-aged man with glasses snatch the Apple smartphone…

Volkswagen announces selling $6,500 car ‘within two years’

Europe’s biggest carmaker, Volkswagen, said on Thursday it was considering selling “budget cars” for as little as 5,000 euros ($6,500) in emerging markets “within two years”. “We need a cheap car for the emerging markets … that would cost between 5,000 and 10,000 euros,” the head of the works council…

Paris mayor says marriage equality would open door to incest and polygamy

A Parisian mayor has stirred up a row over France’s plan to legalise gay marriage by announcing he will refuse to preside over same-sex marriages on the grounds they could open the door to the approval of polygamous or incestuous unions. Francois Lebel, the mayor of the capital’s 8th district…

Oxfam: Land snapped up by corporations could have fed nearly 1 billion

International land investors and biofuel producers have taken over land around the world that could feed nearly 1bn people. Analysis by Oxfam of several thousand land deals completed in the last decade shows that an area eight times the size of the UK has been left idle by speculators or…

German customs seize Stradivarius violin, demand $1.5 million

An acclaimed concert violinist has been told to pay $1.5 million in duty to German customs, who confiscated her Stradivarius saying she may plan to sell it, the instrument’s Japanese owner said Thursday. German-based Yuki Manuela Janke, 26, was returning home through Frankfurt airport on September 28 when customs officers…

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