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Poland's Halloween replaced with Holy Wins

Poland’s Halloween replaced with celebration of saints

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Some Polish primary schools are going to organize Holy Wins, a party that is meant to counter the celebrations of Halloween. The main goal behind the Holy Wins initiative is to celebrate and dress up as a Saint, as opposed a vampire or a ghost. The initiative is driven by religious education teachers who plan to organize parades of Saints in schools on October 31. The event is being promoted by the Polish Commission of the Catholic Upbringing which asked the teachers to promote the concept of Saints parades that initially took place at Polish churches. Although the initiative is percei
Muslim sues German comedian for offending Islam with jokes

Muslim sues comedian for offending Islam with jokes

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Dieter Nuhr, a popular mainstream comedian in his early 50s, doesn’t have a reputation of polarizing audiences, but that may be changing. Erhat Toka, a Muslim living in the city of Osnabrück, sued Nuhr for “stupid agitation against Islam” in the comedian’s jokes. Some of these jokes include: “Women in Islam are free – free from the obligation to decide anything,” and, “Islam is tolerant only when it is powerless.” Legally, Nuhr faces charges of “abuse of confessions and religious groups.” If he is found guilty, the worst case scenario for him would be imprisonme
Solar e-Tree charges cell phones in the park

Solar e-Tree charges cell phones in the park

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A new Israeli invention will allow people to charge their cell phone and get Wi-Fi while hiking or visiting parks. The e-Tree was created as the project of three young entrepreneurs who were stuck  outdoors while the batteries on their phones were dying. They came up with a solution which is based on solar power: An environmental statue designed as tree with solar-powered panels, shaded seats, a table, a water cooler, LED lights and 10 USB outlets that can be used to charge cell phones and tablets. In addition, a cellular router will supply free Wi-Fi, and an LCD screen will allow direct c

Trend of more women taking sexy selfies grows into business

Sexy selfies grow into business

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Senegalese women are not so conservative anymore, and an increasing number of them enjoy a new hobby: They like to take pictures of themselves partially or completely naked. Since the rise of digital photography, professional photographers have received orders from a wide range of women — old and young, single and married. Most of them have a specific motive: They want to send the pictures to their boyfriends or husbands who live abroad. For many it is the man who wants these naked shots in order to fantasize. But in some cases, women in Senegal use the photos to try and convince thei
British 'Oskar Schindler' to receive highest Czech honor

British ‘Oskar Schindler’ receives highest Czech honor

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Sir Nicholas Winton, who is often referred to as the “British Oskar Schindler,” will receive the Czech Republic’s highest civilian honor. Due to his health, Sir Winton will stay in Prague just a few hours to receive the Order of the White Lion during a special meeting with Czech President Miloš Zeman. Between 1938 and 1939 in the pre-war Czechoslovakia, Winton, an English bank clerk, organized departures of endangered Czechoslovak and Jewish children to Britain and procured all the formalities required for their transport by rail. In total he managed to rescue 669 Jewish children.
Cops start using drones to monitor violent area

Cops start using drones to monitor violent area

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The Delhi police have started using drones fitted with cameras to patrol areas that have been witnessing communal violence. The aerial surveillance has been carried out for the past 5 days in the Trilokpuri area in East Delhi where violence has been rampant. The footage from the unmanned planes is helping the police keep a tab on any suspected crimes. The police fear that bricks and stones, hidden on rooftops, could be used to attack the cops and members of other communities. The drones have been helping the police in finding such materials. The success of the initiative has led t
Taj Mahal under in danger because of too many tourists

Taj Mahal in danger because of too many tourists

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The increase in the number of tourists visiting the Taj Mahal, the 360-year-old world heritage site, has conservationists concerned. They want to restrict the number of tourists to 24,000 per day and the visiting time to two hours per ticket, instead of the whole day. The Archaeological Survey of India, the official body that maintains the monument, has asked the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute to submit a report on the carrying capacity of the marble monument. Experts say that the limits can be fixed only after the report is analyzed, but conservationists want i
Philippines to 'filter' Internet to stop online child porn

Philippines to ‘filter’ Internet to stop online child porn

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As the Philippines becomes more and more popular as a "child porn hotspot,” the government said that it was now planning a regulation that would curb online sexual abuse of children on most electronic devices. In January 2014, the Philippines admitted it was a rapidly growing global source of child pornography, and since then, the Department of Justice has been concerned with the alarming increase of Filipino children becoming victims of online pornography. The government is said to be trying to partner with telecommunications firms by developing filtering software that would automatica
New Chilean study looks for ideal baby formula

New Chilean study looks for ideal baby formula

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More than 50 percent of Chilean newborns stop drinking breast milk or formula by the time they are 6 months old, and allergies to Chile's main baby formula have increased recently. As a result, Chilean health authorities will be slowly discontinuing the use of Purita formula — currently the largest government-supported, mass-produced formula. The goal is to create a new milk formula that is less costly, apt for infants allergic to Purita, and more beneficial to children so that they will use it longer. The Health Ministry commissioned the Institute of Nutrition and Food Technology of
Somali scholar: Apostasy death penalty not justifiable in Islam

Somali scholar: Apostasy death penalty not justifiable in Islam

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Somali author Abdisaid Abdi Ismail has come under intense scrutiny after publishing a Somali-language book in which he argues that there is no (Islamic) religious justification for imposing the death penalty on people for apostasy, the renunciation of a religious belief. The book sparked mixed reactions following its launch in September, with some Somali Muslim clerics calling for it to be banned and burned and other critics calling for Ismail’s head. Ismail studied Sharia law and advocacy in Saudi Arabia and holds a master's degree in Islamic economics. He said that according to
Ukrainian to sue for Russian language in his passport

Ukrainian to sue for Russian language in his passport

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Svyatoslav Litynskyi, a Ukrainian citizen, is suing the State Migration Service of Ukraine because the second page of his passport is written in Russian. All of the official information about the citizen is written in Ukrainian and duplicated in Russian on the second page. Litynskyi wants the State Migration Service to comply with the law on state language policy, remove the duplication in Russian and translate the information in English (the way it is with all passports issued in the EU and most passports all over the world). The law says that the "passport information should be written
Waste utilization the answer to South Africa's power crisis?

Is waste utilization the answer to South Africa’s power crisis?

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South Africa is looking into waste utilization for power — considering that the country generates 108 million tons of waste per year, 90 percent of which goes into dumps. Generating power from garbage can make a difference in the growing power crisis of the country, according to Urishanie Govender, the general manager of environmental services at the engineering consultancy firm Gibb. “South Africa must learn from successful waste-to-energy projects in Europe, Russia, Singapore, Japan and Taiwan,” he added. One way to utilize energy from waste is to burn it and use the heat to
Gov't OKs restart of Sendai nuclear plant, despite protest

Gov’t OKs restart of Sendai nuclear plant, despite protest

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Despite the fierce opposition of anti-nuclear activists, the municipal assembly in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, agreed to restart the local nuclear power station, the first to win approval since the Fukushima earthquake catastrophe in 2011. This is the very first time in Japan that a local municipality has issued the go-ahead under the new regulatory standards of nuclear power plants. In September, the plant became the first nuclear facility to meet the post-Fukushima safety requirements. The mayor also gave the green light, and nineteen of the 26 assembly members voted in favo
Saudi Arabia to build world's largest suspension bridge

Saudi Arabia to build world’s largest suspension bridge

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The Saudi company "Metro Jeddah" announced its intention to build the largest suspension bridge in the world. The bridge will be located in the city of Jeddah and is expected to cost up to 3.75 billion Saudi Riyals ($1 billion). The length of the bridge will be 380 meters (415 yards), and its width will be 74.5 meters (81.4 yards). The construction will include eight lanes in both directions; a separation zone with a railway line; and a pedestrian walkway on both sides. "Abhor" bridge, which is considered to be one of the largest suspension bridges in the world in terms of width, comes w
Britain could suffer worst winter in 100 years

Britain could suffer worst winter in 100 years

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Weather experts have claimed that this winter could turn out to be one of the coldest in the last 100 years. Despite the mild fall, scientists expect Arctic blizzards and icy gales to grip the country. Forecasters have predicted that the cold weather will descend as early as November, meaning the British Isles may see snow within a matter of days. This unfortunate news comes just a week after the National Grid announced that severe weather could cause power blackouts on several particularly dangerous days this year. The cold weather prediction is a result of scientists studying the jet s
Halloween in Malaysia banned by Islamic authority

Halloween in Malaysia banned by Islamic authority

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The Malaysian Islamic authority, the National Fatwa Council, has banned Halloween celebrations in a fatwa (religious edict). The council, one of Malaysia's highest Islamic bodies, says Halloween is a Christian celebration of the dead and is "against Islamic teachings.” The country’s National Fatwa Council slammed the spooky tradition as “Western,” deviating away from the teachings of Islam. "The Halloween celebration is clearly against the values of the Sharia [the way]," the council said in the fatwa, issued on its website. The post further stated that Halloween honors the d
Argentine photographer travels the world for kisses

Argentine photographer travels the world for kisses

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Ignacio Lehmann is an Argentine photographer passionate about two things: Travel and love. Two years ago, he decided to do something very different; he united his work with his dream of traveling in a super romantic project: 100 World Kisses. The idea was to hunt “stray kisses” in any and every country he visited. Lehmann aimed to find 100 of the best kisses across the world — featuring couples from Spain, Russia, England, Nigeria, and many other countries. In an interview on where the idea came from, Lehmann said that it was spontaneous and impulsive. “I didn't know what wou
Americans' healthy lifestyle hurts Mexican sugar industry

Americans’ new healthy lifestyle hurts Mexican sugar industry

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Mexico's sugar industry thrives on exorbitant exports to the United States. However, after potential foul play in export rules and the U.S.'s latest health regulations on sugary products, the Mexican sugar industry is taking a hit. U.S. sugar growers, millers and refiners argue that they have been hurt because sugar imports from Mexico are sold in the U.S. for less than fair value. Mexican sugar is believed to have been subsidized by the Mexican government from 2010 to 2013, and as a result, it was sold to U.S. customers at lower prices, significantly affecting domestic prices. The U.S. a
Free panties for those who save water

Brazil’s drought: Free panties for those who save water

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If you save tap water back home in the Brazilian city of Juruaia, you will get free panties. This is the campaign of a lingerie factory, Laniclê, meant to encourage people not to waste water at a time when Brazil is facing one of the worst droughts in recent history. Laniclê asks consumers to submit water receipts from two consecutive months to prove consumption is falling. In exchange it offers underwear for ladies. The factory manager, Adriana Melo, says Laniclê had also run out of water several times and had to conserve supplies whenever possible. That's how they thought of encour
Youngsters fight moral policing with ‘Kiss of Love’ program

Youngsters fight moral policing with ‘Kiss of Love’ program

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The new generation in the Indian state of Kerala is bent on breaking social taboos. It has organized a “Kiss for Love” initiative where young men and women kiss and hug each other in public, in protest against moral policing. The program is in direct response to a recent attack on a restaurant by activists from a right-wing organization, who alleged that the food establishment was promoting illicit relationships. The attack followed the telecast of a video clip, filmed without permission, by a television channel, which showed a young couple kissing in the restaurant. Showing affecti

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