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Police arrest Jamaican doctor for performing abortion on 12-year-old

Police in Jamaica have charged a prominent doctor with performing an abortion on a pregnant 12-year-old. Dr Lloyd Goldson, a Kingston based consultant, is said to have performed the abortion on 4 July. The girl’s mother has also been charged. Abortion is illegal in Jamaica, and in many other countries…

Philippine authorities seize 1,500 live fish and 150 live coral en route to Japan

Philippine authorities seized some 1,500 live aquarium fish and about 150 live pieces of brain coral at a Manila pier Friday just before they were to be shipped to Japan. The fish and corals in water-filled plastic bags stored in styrofoam boxes were seized by quarantine officers, said fisheries bureau…

Animal rights group pushes for Spanish bull run ban

Animal welfare group Vier Pfoten (Four Paws) urged Spanish authorities Friday to ban the famous Pamplona bull run, which left 22 people injured and 42 bulls dead this week. “Four Paws is demanding an immediate break with this cruel tradition, in which many people get hurt and many bulls suffer…

Indian village bans women under 40 from using cell phones in public

Police in northern India are investigating a village council after it banned “love marriages” and barred women under 40 from shopping alone or using mobile phones in public, reports said Friday. In a slew of restrictive measures on women’s behaviour, the council, or “panchayat,” in the predominantly Muslim village Asara…

Canada to appeal ruling that legalized assisted suicides

Canada’s attorney general announced Friday that he will appeal a lower court ruling that has cleared the way for assisted suicides. “The government is of the view that the Criminal Code provisions that prohibit medical professionals, or anyone else, from counseling or providing assistance in a suicide, are constitutionally valid,”…

Frankfurt Zoo trots out new baby gorilla

The Raw Story staff collectively said “Awww” when we saw the baby gorilla cuddling with its 29-year-old mother named Rebecca at the Frankfurt Zoo. Regina Brinkmann, the zoo’s gorilla keeper, said Rebecca “came before us, clean and fully proud and went immediately to show us, ‘Look what I have.’ She…

China’s economic growth slows amid global turmoil

China’s economy expanded at its slowest pace in more than three years as dire problems overseas started to hit home, official data showed Friday, fuelling expectations of more stimulus moves. The world’s second-largest economy grew 7.6 percent in the second quarter year-on-year, the National Bureau of Statistics said, the weakest…

Germany pledges to protect religious circumcision

The German government on Friday pledged quick action to protect the right of Jews and Muslims to circumcise baby boys on religious grounds, after a court ruling that prompted international outcry. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters it was “concerned” about the judgement published by a Cologne regional…

‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Mladic trial to resume Monday

The trial of former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic will resume next week after being suspended when Mladic fell ill, the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal said Friday. The 70-year-old was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure after falling ill during his trial on Thursday, though his lawyer, Branko…

Arrested New Guinea cannibal cultists ate raw brains, penis soup

Papua New Guinea police have arrested members of an alleged cannibal cult accused of killing at least seven people, eating their brains raw and making soup from their penises, a report said Friday. The 29 people, who appeared in court this week charged with murder and cannibalism, were part of…

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