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Cancer-causing agent found in Chinese-made baby formula

A Chinese dairy has been ordered to suspend production after a cancer-causing toxin was found in its infant formula, China’s quality watchdog said Monday, in the country’s latest milk scare. Ava Dairy Co. Ltd has started a recall after high levels of aflatoxin, which is caused by mould, was found…

Iraq policy reversal allows Syrian refugees to cross border

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Monday instructed Iraq’s security forces and Red Crescent to allow in Syrian refugees and provide them with support, reversing an earlier decision. “The prime minister directed Iraqi forces and police and the Iraqi Red Crescent to receive Syrian refugees and help them and provide them…

74-year-old German woman finds 3-foot python in her toilet

A German pensioner got more than she bargained for when she lifted up her toilet seat to find a metre-long (three-foot-long) python staring up at her, police said on Monday. The 74-year-old from Schwanstetten in southern Germany immediately called the police, who attempted to flush the serpent from its hiding…

Global elite hide up to $32 trillion in offshore tax havens: report

Nations’ problems of debt and deficit could be easily solved by applying taxes to profits held in offshore tax havens, where the global business elite have hidden up to $32 trillion to skirt their responsibilities to tax agencies all over the world, the liberal-leaning Tax Justice Network reported this week.…

At least 91 killed in Iraq’s deadliest day since 2010

A wave attacks in Baghdad and north of the capital killed 91 people in Iraq’s deadliest day in more than two years after Al-Qaeda warned it would mount new attacks and sought to retake territory. Officials said at least 172 people were wounded as a result of 21 different attacks…

TV depiction of revered Islamic figure causes stir

A television series depicting a revered Islamic figure has caused a stir in the Arab world with thousands saying the show must be stopped because they believe such depictions are forbidden by Islam. The historical drama, “Omar”, tells the story of Omar Ibn al-Khattab, a close companion of Prophet Mohammed…

Top Indian woman revolutionary Lakshmi Sehgal dies aged 97

Top Indian female revolutionary Lakshmi Sehgal, who fought Allied forces during World War II, died on Monday following a heart attack, a doctor said. She was 97. Sehgal, who fought against Britain and its allies in an all-female regiment organised by Indian radical Subhash Chandra Bose, was hospitalised last Thursday…

Bollywood stars accused of misusing top Muslim shrine

The head of one of the most important Muslim shrines in India has complained about Bollywood stars misusing the site to pray for their “sinful” films to be commercially successful. Zainul Abedin Ali Khan, who leads the organisation in charge of the Ajmer shrine in Rajasthan, said that celebrity pilgrims…

Sex, drugs, stigma put Thai transsexuals at HIV risk

From a cafe near the go-go bars of a Bangkok red light district where she campaigns for safe sex, Gigi gives an unvarnished view of how she joined Thailand’s growing ranks of transgender people with HIV. Sex work and injecting drugs left the 40-year-old vulnerable to the disease, which she…

London prostitutes ‘cleaned from the streets’

The London Olympics are not big business for everyone — sex workers say they are being cleared from the streets around the stadium to make the area more presentable for the Games. While Britain’s limp economy hopes for an Olympic boost, police in Newham, the deprived east London borough that…

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