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Sex education for future priests in Costa Rica

Sex education for future priests in Costa Rica

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Future priests in Costa Rica must deal with prejudice, stereotypes and internal conflicts while studying to join the church and fulfilling their priestly duties. They are often labeled as repressed or called pedophiles. To tackle one of the top reasons that priests leave the church, the Costa Rican government has begun offering sex education classes. Every year, 15 potential priests drop out of the seminary because they cannot handle celibacy. The new lectures “tell it like it is” and not only teach priests about desire and stimulation but also about emotions, gender structures a
Court orders free ARVs for HIV-positive foreign prisoners

Court orders free drugs for foreign prisoners with HIV

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Botswana’s High Court recently ruled that the government’s denial of antiretroviral drugs to non-citizen prisoners living with HIV was in violation of the prisoners’ constitutional rights. The court subsequently instructed the government to start providing HIV-positive foreign inmates with regular ARV treatment free of charge. Botswana has one of the world’s highest rates of HIV infection. While prisoners who are citizens of the country receive free HIV treatment, prisoners who aren’t citizens have thus far had to pay for the treatment. The latest court verdict is a major vi
Study breaks stereotypes about homeless people

French homeless: Careful about personal hygiene

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A study recently published by the observatory of social paramedics in Paris has revealed that, contrary to what most people think, many homeless people care about their hygiene and make an effort to avoid diseases. For the first time, information has been collected on the homeless who sleep on the streets. These are different from the homeless who live in shelters as the latter group is comprised of constantly changing people, making it difficult to analyze. The study has revealed that 70 percent of Paris’ homeless take a shower more than once per week. Sixty-six percent of those livin

Algeria: Shame, fury after foreign soccer player’s killing

Algeria: Shame, fury after fans kill soccer player

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Albert Ebossé – a 25-year-old soccer player from Cameroon who played for the Algerian team JSK – was killed after his team lost a game on Saturday. After the match, fans upset about the loss threw objects from the stands onto the field, and Ebossé was hit on the head. Emergency units could not immediately intervene due to the chaos, and when Ebossé was finally taken to the hospital, it was too late for him to be treated. Ebossé’s death has flooded Algeria's soccer community with anger and shame, and the public has expressed shock at the fans’ reactions to JSK’s losing th
'Big cats' spared as gov't allows safari hunting to resume

To increase revenue, Zambia allows safari hunting to resume

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The Zambian government has announced the lifting of a ban on safari hunting in order for the country to start earning revenue from its rich wildlife resources again. The ban was imposed early last year following reports of corruption in the awarding of safari hunting licenses as well as for conservation purposes. The ban had led to lost income for the government and caused serious financial difficulties for the state-run Zambian Wildlife Authority, according to tourism minister Jean Kapata. Zambia’s government regards wildlife tourism as a key part of its plans to diversify the coun
Saudi Arabia may find 'local' alternative to Twitter

Saudi Arabia may create ‘local’ alternative to Twitter

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Saudi Arabia’s religious police force has alluded to the possibility of banning social media websites in the country amid much criticism of the content being posted on the sites, especially on Twitter. The country’s religious police force is responsible for the enforcement of Islamic sharia law in Saudi Arabia. It has suggested creating a social network alternative to Twitter in the "public's interest" in order to protect the people from being exposed to threats, corruption and false information. Saudi Arabia's Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice had previ
Archaeologist finds 3 ancient Mayan cities in 2 years

Archaeologist finds 3 ancient Mayan cities in 2 years

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The Mesoamerican Mayan civilization established during the Pre-Classic period (c. 2000 BC to 250 AD) continues to surprise people today. This past week, archaeologists in Mexico found two hidden Mayan cities deep in the jungle. Ivan Sprajc, an associate professor at the Academy of Sciences and Arts of Slovenia, said that his team found the two ancient cities in the Yucatan Peninsula by examining aerial photographs of the region. After analyzing the palaces, plazas and pyramids of each city, Sprajc believes that the two were built and inhabited from 600 to 900 AD. Maps have been created f
Full-time or no time: The problem of part-time work

Court orders part time work for new parents

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Mothers in the Czech Republic wanting to stay on the workforce are faced with a challenge. Taking two or three years of maternity leave means losing contact with their profession as well as the general social landscape, so many mothers ask for part-time contracts, which would allow employers to retain their employees with proven abilities. Unfortunately, despite their benefits, part-time contracts are often far too expensive for employers to consider because the associated expenses are not proportionate to the reduced number of hours. If the employer cuts an employee’s working hours
France worried about teenage jihad fighters

France worried about teenage jihad fighters

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Two teenage girls – 15 and 17 years old – have been arrested in France on accusations of criminal conspiracy for allegedly being in contact with a 14-year-old girl who left the country to fight in Syria. A police investigation was launched when the girl disappeared in June, and it is believed that she left France to join the radical Islamists battling the regime of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. One of the two recently arrested girls was communicating with the 14-year-old on social media, and the other is suspected of attempting to join the jihad fighters in Syria. Both were sent
Mayoral candidate: I promise fewer gay people

Mayoral candidate: I promise fewer gay people

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Local elections will be taking place soon in Peru, and all of the candidates are working hard to make their campaigns stand out. One candidate for mayor of Nueva Amazonia, Ruben del Aguila Pandoro, is gaining a lot of attention due to his political agenda. “Reducing the number of gays” is at the top of his priority list, followed by security and unemployment, respectively. "We will treat homosexuality as an issue of sexual inclusion because it is not an issue of isolation,” Pandoro said. “[The problem] must be attacked from its origin instead.” The controversial candidate to
Gov't extends cash rewards program for Al-Shabaab info

Gov’t extends cash rewards program for Al-Shabaab info

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Around two months ago, Somalia’s Ministry of National Security began offering cash rewards to citizens for providing information about the Islamist terrorist group Al-Shabaab. Since then, at least 10 attacks have been prevented in the country’s capital of Mogadishu, according to officials. The success of the cash rewards program has led the ministry to announce that it intends to continue offering monetary compensation to informants. "This program is spearheaded by the ministry, but it is something that the government is aware of and has welcomed and encouraged," said Somali gover
Japan offers unapproved flu drug for Ebola treatment

Japan offers unapproved flu drug for Ebola treatment

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Japan is ready to offer an unapproved drug to help treat the deadly Ebola virus that is spreading in western Africa. The medication, called “Fabipiravir” or “T-705,” is a Japanese anti-influenza drug developed by Fijifilm subsidiary Toyma Chemicals Co. While seen as a possible treatment for containing the Ebola outbreak, the drug has only been approved for experimental use in Japan by the health ministry. “Japan is prepared to provide the yet-to-be-approved drug in cooperation with the manufacturer if the World Health Organization requests it,” read a statement by the the Japanese
Venezuela to control food shopping with fingerprint readers

Venezuela to control food shopping with fingerprint readers

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Venezuelans are running to supermarkets to stock up on goods before a new system goes into effect that is aimed at tackling produce contraband by monitoring the purchase of basic products. "We've already given the order to proceed with the establishment of a biometric system at all stores, distributors and retail chains in the republic," said President Nicolas Maduro. The new system seeks to prevent shoppers from buying the same product in excessive quantities and frequencies. The sanction pertains specifically to basic food products but may also include medicines, books, toys or alcohol
'Who's paying?' is a difficult question for men in Vietnam

‘Who’s paying?’ is a difficult question for men in Vietnam

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Over the course of the past decade, Vietnam – like Taiwan and Korea – has witnessed many societal changes, many of which were influenced by Western culture. When it comes to the question of “who’s paying?” during a date, however, opinions are split. Although the gender equality gap has lessened greatly in Vietnam, men still find it very difficult and sometimes awkward to share the check. “Real” men should pay for the meal when on a date with a woman and those who don’t offer to pay are quickly labeled “stingy,” according to a survey. Cuong, a 20-year-old college
Despite Gaza, Israel’s biggest jazz festival to kick off

Despite Gaza, Israel’s biggest jazz festival to kick off

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The Red Sea Jazz Festival – Israel’s longest-running jazz event – takes place each summer in the southern city of Eilat. It has been running for 27 years and attracts tens of thousands of musicians and jazz lovers from around the world every year. While the fighting in Gaza over the past few weeks has taken its toll on southern Israel, several days ago, the organizers agreed that they would not to cancel the festival this year despite the many problems they have been experiencing. While many music artists have canceled their shows at the festival due to the threat of air strikes,
Delhi to have country’s first cycle-sharing system

Delhi to have country’s first cycle-sharing system

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India's central government has announced the introduction of the country’s first bicycle-sharing system in the capital, New Delhi. The system will have 300 bicycle stations, each with 10-20 bicycles. Most of the bicycle stations will be located near metro stations and bus stands. Customers can avail themselves of the smart card-based service by paying a registration fee of 300 to 500 rupees ($6 to $8). They can use the bicycles for free for the first 30 minutes but will have to pay for further use. The system, encompassing an area of 65 square kilometers (25 square miles), is expect
'Burial malls' trendy in Israel due to lack of land

‘Burial malls’ trendy in Israel due to lack of land

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Due to a severe lack of land in Israel over the past few years, Israelis have been burying their dead in towers and cement buildings known as “burial malls” rather than in the ground. These buildings can accommodate thousands of graves on various floors along niches in the wall. Sometimes, two people are even buried in one spot. Several government offices claim that if it weren’t for these burial malls, cemeteries would be burying people on real estate land, creating problems for many families and young couples looking for homes. Many people are having a hard time accepting this
Trade union gives government 14 days to end doctors strike

Despite Ebola crisis, health worker strike drags on in Kenya

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Kenya’s main trade union has given the government a 14-day ultimatum to resolve a standoff with health workers in the country. If the government fails to do so, all civil servants will give up their tools and organize a nationwide strike. The government should convene a meeting of all parties in the dispute in order to quickly end the impasse, according to Charles Mukhwaya, the general secretary of the Federation of Public Service Trade Unions of Kenya. “We cannot just sit and continue seeing our health sector ailing and being politicized," Mukhwaya said Doctors and other medical
Coldest summer in century: U.K. to be colder than Siberia

Extreme weather: U.K. to be colder than Siberia during summer

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Over the next two weeks, the U.K. will be the coldest that it has been in the summer for more than a century, forecasters say. A band of low pressure is set to draw down cold weather from the north, covering the island in wind and rain. Northern parts of the U.K. are expected to see temperatures as low as 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit), which is 9 degrees lower than “the coldest city in the world,” Yakustk in Siberia. Scotland may even see sleet and snow as temperatures in the north drop below the freezing point overnight. Archives show that the last time the weather wa
Gov’t wants tablets for students, parents insist ‘no’

Gov’t wants tablets for students, parents insist ‘no’

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All teaching activities for students in first, second and third grade should be conducted on tablets and computers, according to the Department of Education and Training in Ho Chi Minh, the biggest city in Vietnam. If the department’s proposal is approved by the government, traditional paper-based textbooks will be eliminated and the parents of each student will have to spend around 5 million VND ($250) to buy him or her tablet. Educators and experts argue that this innovative reform has already been implemented in many developing countries and private schools and has proven to be very

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