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Professor: Ugly people need ‘affirmative action’

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Unattractive people should be legally protected against discrimination, according to University of Texas at Austin professor Daniel Hamermesh.

Studies have found that employers are more likely to hire good-looking candidates and that less attractive people earn less than their more attractive peers.

“Logically, I see no difference between this and other protections,” he told CNN on Tuesday. “Perhaps not with racism. Politically, I’m much more concerned about racism… but between this and physical disability, I see very little difference. We happen to protect one and not the other.”

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Although attractiveness may be more important for women than men in social life, studies have found attractiveness is more important for men in the workplace, according to Hamermesh.

“We already do this in a couple of locations in California, in the District of Columbia and France,” he added. “Is it going to happen soon? No. Will it possibly happen eventually? I wouldn’t bet against it.”

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UK braced for key court ruling on parliament suspension

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Britain's Supreme Court will rule on Tuesday whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully in suspending parliament, in a seismic case that could have profound implications for Brexit and the country's constitutional foundations.

If the verdict goes against Johnson, it could see parliament rapidly reassemble and would inevitably trigger questions about his position, having unlawfully advised Queen Elizabeth II to suspend parliament.

It would be the latest hammer blow to his plans for taking Britain out of the European Union on October 31, and pile huge pressure on his minority government.

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Seoul confirms 4th swine fever case — and asks North Korea for cooperation

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South Korea confirmed its fourth case of African swine fever on Tuesday, as Pyongyang was yet to respond to Seoul's request to make joint efforts to tackle the deadly animal disease.

The latest case was confirmed at a farm in Paju, a city near the inter-Korean border where the nation's first case was recorded, according to Seoul's agriculture ministry.

South Korea has culled around 15,000 pigs since the first case was reported on Sept 17.

"We have carried out an immediate culling and are proceeding with an epidemiological investigation," the ministry said in a statement, adding that some 2,300 pigs were being raised at the affected farm.

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Not just Franco: Settling on a final resting place for deceased controversial leaders presents challenges

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Settling on a final resting place for deceased controversial leaders, such as Spain's dictator Francisco Franco whose remains the government wants moved from a state mausoleum, has been troublesome for many countries.

Ahead of a court ruling on Franco's case Tuesday, here are some examples:

- Soviet Union: Joseph Stalin -

On his death in 1953, Stalin was buried in the Moscow mausoleum of his predecessor, Vladimir Lenin.

Eight years later a process of "de-Stalinisation" was launched to dismantle the dictator's personality cult. His remains were quietly transferred to a more modest resting place near the Kremlin, which still attracts diehard communists.

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