Despite the fact that the Soviet Union was among the world's pioneers in decriminalizing abortion and homosexuality, as well as allowing divorce, many of these social gains were reversed under Stalin's rule. The collapse of the Soviet Union also brought massive changes, but domestic television has tended to be conservative in matters of sexuality. However, Russian TV channels seem suddenly awash with programs that approach the subject very directly.
One of the country's most popular stations has just finished airing a new show called "Affairs," which focused on a woman who was cheating on h
Chaos broke out in the northern Liberian commercial city of Ganta when an angry mob went on the rampage over the perceived ritualistic murder of a young motorcycle taxi driver whose body was found abandoned in an alley with deep cuts to his head.
It was the latest of a recent wave of mysterious killings reported in and around Ganta in less than a week, all of them believed to be connected to ritualistic activity. Other reported murders included that of a 7-year-old girl whose corpse was reportedly discovered with some body parts missing.
In the latest case, the rioters barricaded main ro
The government in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is exploring the option of establishing special police stations for Dalits - people belonging to the lowest strata of India's caste hierarchy. The state government plans to open at least one such precinct in each district, especially in the cities.
The police stations would be built in places with high incidences of crimes against Dalits.
They have been at the receiving end of violence by upper castes for the past many centuries. Uttar Pradesh is one of the states that has a history of crimes against Dalits. Many people belonging to
Greece is less competitive than Rwanda and Botswana as the country firmly holds 81st place in the world, out of 140, according to the report published by the World Economic Forum for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Rwanda ranks 58th (62nd last year) and Botswana is 71st (74th last year).
The data on which the evaluation was based was collected before the latest bailout agreement was agreed upon between Athens and its international creditors this summer.
Raising money and getting funds remains a common problem for all economies and a major obstacle to investment especially in Europe. In
A new polio case - and the third in five days - surfaced in Pakistan’s tribal areas, but the worrisome fact is that the 18-month old girl from Peshawar had been vaccinated three times, the National Institute of Health (NIH) has confirmed.
Rising incidents of vaccinated children still contracting polio is increasing the vaccination skepticism among parents. Many already are rejecting it on religious grounds; others call it a covert campaign of the West to make their children impotent.
Last week, a 3-year-old boy in Baluchistan province was confirmed to have polio despite the fact that h
Official photos of the 2015 graduating class from the Spanish University of Cadiz's School of Social Work caused a stir online and quickly went viral. Idena, a black labrador guide dog with her cap and gown, was standing proud alongside her classmates.
Idena has her own professional photo apart from that of Arturo Diaz Benitez, a young blind man who took Idena with him to every class, exam, and study group for four years.
"[Diaz Benitez] went to school every day with the dog. She deserves recognition," read one of the hundreds of thousands of comments on the social media post of the pict
A teenager in the Russian Ural town of Turgoyak murdered his parents after they banned him from playing World of Warcraft online.
According to the prosecution, the teenager received a failing mark in algebra on the day of the murder. Despite being the winner of a country-wide history contest, Anton's marks in math and physics were often a bone of contention between him and his parents. When they found out about the latest disappointment, his mother and father forbade him from using his computer - something that he was very passionate about, spending up to seven hours a day playing video g
The International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), an international organization of Islamic religious scholars from various countries around the world, have called on Muslims, Muslim scholars, and Muslim leaders to reject the Russian intervention in Syria. They also want a decision “to ban [President] Bashar al-Assad’s [war] planes and those of his supporters over Syria.”
“The Islamic and Arab world, people, scholars, and rulers, rise to reject the Russian intervention in Syria and call on the free world to continue supporting the Syrian people’s revolution and struggle and yearni
Admiral Ali Fadawy from the Revolutionary Guards, a branch of Iran's Armed Forces that aims to protect the country's Islamic system, has raised Iran’s hostile tone against Saudi Arabia.
Fadawy described Saudi authorities as “small devils” and said the Iranian military is strong enough to execute “their discipline.” The admiral claimed his statement was in response to “the Saudis’ exploitation of Iran’s self-restraint policy.” He added that the relations between Iran and the United States, which he called “the Great Satan,” is “a struggle between truth and falsehood.
Halfway through its annual Golden Week holiday, a semi-annual 7-day national holiday, China is considering changing its holiday schedule to reduce overcrowding. The National Tourism Administration reported that the current schedule concentrates the national holidays into select days, leading to serious traffic congestion, safety concerns, and ecological stress. In addition, this has a negative effect on consumer experience and quality.
The number of travelers and movement for the current vacation period has been staggering. Preliminary figures estimate 750 million domestic travelers s
The "Central" restaurant in Lima, Peru recently took the prize as top restaurant in Latin America for the third year in a row, while two other Peruvian restaurants, Astrid & Gastón and Maido, were also included in the Top 5. Restaurants in the region are ranked annually by British magazine "Restaurant," which also creates global rankings.
“Winning is a responsibility, but we’re well aware of what that means," Central’s head chef, Virgilio Martinez, said during his acceptance speech. He also celebrated the increasing recognition globally of the region’s culinary pride and prowes
Kenya’s central bank has warned shopkeepers to stop issuing things like sweets instead of currency coins as change to customers, saying this is a violation of the law.
The bank asserted in a public notice published in various local newspapers that many stores and supermarkets were literally forcing customers to accept sweets, matchboxes, or mobile phone airtime in lieu of coin change which the store owners claim is in short supply.
“It is a violation of the law to deny customers the possibility of obtaining their change in Kenyan currency or deny them the opportunity to agree to sett
Greece is likely to lose its privileges as a voting member with the European Space Agency because the country has failed to pay the annual subscription fee for three years in a row, according to Loukas Vlachos, Professor of Astrophysics at Aristotle University and President of the Greek Astronomical Society.
“We, as a scientific astrophysics community, cannot see ourselves outside the European Space Agency," Vlachos said. "The countries that joined the ESA are supposed to implement a specific strategy in order to support their scientists and eventually earn back the money they invest in
Despite repeated efforts from Japan to block the move, China submitted documents regarding the Japanese army's war crimes during World War Two's Nanjing Massacre for the UNESCO register.
The process began in June 2014 when UNESCO Memory of the World accepted China's nomination of its Nanjing documents, including records of the "comfort women" forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese troops.
The Memory of the World is a UNESCO-led project that started in 1992. Intended to preserve the documentary heritage of countries and international organizations, it selects additions every two
Despite deteriorating relations, Saudi Arabia and Iran, the largest two political rivals in the Middle East, reached an agreement regarding the bodies of the Iranians who were killed in the tragic Hajj stampede that left over 700 pilgrims dead.
Iranian Health Minister Hassan Hashemi and his Saudi counterpart Khaled al-Faleh met in Jeddah over the crisis and “the two parties agreed to transport the bodies of the deceased Iranians who have been identified as soon as possible,” the Saudi state media reported.
The two countries also agreed to stay in contact in order to identify other po
The European Union has imposed an asset freeze and travel ban on four Burundian officials accused of being prime instigators of the country’s worst political turmoil since a 12-year civil war ended in 2005.
Three of the officials oversee Burundi’s intelligence and security agencies and are considered close to incumbent President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose decision to pursue a controversial third term in office triggered violent street protests and a failed coup attempt in May.
Although Nkurunziza went on to win a contentious election in June, unrest has continued in the country with mo
Israeli Minister of Jusice Ayelet Shaked is known to be a supporter of orthodox, right-wing policies. At the beginning of her tenure as Minister in May, she ordered investigations into Israeli left-wing and human-rights organizations, alleging that they do not report all of their donations properly. She did not make the same demands of any right-wing or Orthodox groups.
Shaked’s activity is being criticized due to the fact that she herself received donations to her political campaign in the amount of hundreds of thousands of dollars from foreign sources, in addition to receiving donat
World-class sprinter Jimmy Thoronka, 21, from Sierra Leone, has been sleeping rough on the streets of London since he competed in last years' Commonwealth Games, an international, multi-sport event.
Unable to return to his home country in West Africa due to the death of his entire family from Ebola, Thoronka has now lost his bid to remain in the U.K. and is set to be deported.
In March this year he was arrested by immigration officers for overstaying his visa. After being found in the streets, he applied for permission to stay in the U.K. as he had been offered a sporting scholarship at
More than 30 million mines remain in Iraq, most of which in southern areas, according to Qutaiba Al-Jubouri, a member of the Iraqi parliament's health and environment committee. This translated to roughly one mine for every citizen - Iraq's total population as of 2013 is 33 million. Another 55 sites - leftover from the Gulf wars - across the country are radioactively contaminated.
Al-Jubouri said the number of mines has increased after the Islamic State captured many cities and planted the devices there. He added that authorities have removed some of the mines from several recently “liber
In a move aiming to protect the French language in the music industry, members of parliament passed an amendment to tighten a law on radio quotas.
The existing regulation says that 40 percent of the music played by radio stations must be in French. However, official measurements show that popular stations such as NRJ, Skyrock, and Fun Radio flout the rule by playing the same 10 songs repeatedly to hit the mark.
The new text imposes a wider variety of French songs in the music mix. In concrete terms, if the same 10 tracks account for more than half of the French music heard, their broadca
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