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Religious police 'challenged' with pics of women's eyes

Religious police ‘challenged’ with pictures of women’s eyes

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Saudi religious police tried to force a woman to cover her eyes, stirring a huge controversy on Twitter. The social network is the most popular in the kingdom. Many women responded by sharing photos of their own eyes. Others said that the woman in question might have gone too far by using eyeliner. Saudi Arabian women with “attractive eyes” must cover them to avoid tempting men. The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice is the Saudi Arabian government agency that employs "religious police" to enforce Sharia Law in the Islamic nation. They patrol the street
Hysteria after 20 people from small town join ISIS

Hysteria after 20 people from small town join ISIS

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Lunel is no longer a small, quiet town in Southern France. It is now called the “mini-lab of 'made in France' jihad,” according to France’s most popular newspaper Le Monde. Of the 27,500 inhabitants, 20 Muslims are suspected of having joined ISIS to fight in Syria. In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the hostage crisis at a Kosher supermarket in Paris, three people were arrested during anti-terror raids in Lunel on January 27. Since then, locals have feared that more people from Lunel may have joined jihadist groups. This sleepy town is now under the spotlight. People fe
Nemtsov's mother told him he'd be killed

Nemtsov’s mother told him he’d be killed

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Liberal online newspaper Grani published an excerpt from an interview with Boris Nemtsov in which he discussed his mother's concerns over his constant public criticism of the Russian president. "Every time I call her," Nemtsov said, "she asks me 'When will you stop berating Putin? He will kill you!'" Nemtsov said that despite the fact that his mother had taught him to defend his point of view and stand by what he believes in, she was angry that he "dumped" on Putin for trying to take away people's freedom. Nemtsov is quoted as saying that "she really is terrified that he will kill me soone

After movie, Malaysia bans 'Fifty Shades of Grey' books

First movie, now books: ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ banned

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Malaysia's Home Ministry has banned the "Fifty Shades of Grey" books. This comes after the country already prohibited cinemas from screening the movie adaptation of the hit erotica trilogy. Printing, publishing and even owning "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed" by British author E.L. James is now illegal in Malaysia. The books became available in stores three years ago. In the banning order, Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is quoted as saying that the books can be "a threat to morality." The order cites the Printing Presses and Publications Act of 1
Mob beats girl suspected of being suicide bomber to death

Mob beats girl suspected of being suicide bomber to death

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An irate mob in the northeastern Nigerian city of Bauchi beat a teenage girl to death and set her body ablaze. They believed that she was a suicide bomber on a mission for the dreaded local Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram. The girl was attacked when she allegedly refused to undergo security checks at the entrance of a major market in the city and then tried to escape. The mob beat her and then put a tire sprinkled with petrol over her head and set it on fire. She was wearing a long hijab. It remains unclear whether or not any explosives were actually found on her body. According to
New 'tent protests' two weeks before elections

New ‘tent protests’ against Netanyahu 2 weeks before elections

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Following reports of the severe housing crisis in Israel, the “tent protests” have returned to the streets of Tel-Aviv, just two weeks before the upcoming legislative elections. Half a million Israelis gathered and hundreds moved into tents in protest of the soaring housing prices. Tent protests were first formed in the summer of 2011. Israel’s state comptroller blamed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the crisis and revealed that housing prices have gone up by almost 60 percent since 2008. Permits to build a house can take five to 10 years in Israel. Israel is known for havin
Fridges in the streets to help feed poor people

Fridges in the streets to help feed poor people

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Have you ever been troubled by how much food gets wasted every day? Would you like to share your surplus with those in need but don't know how to do it? A group of journalists, social workers and other professionals in the Czech Republic have teamed up to launch a network of street refrigerators and pantries that might solve the problem. "I spotted that idea on the Internet," project founder and café owner Ondřej Kobza said. "And because it is my aim to inspire people I posted the link on my Facebook page to see if it captures some interest." The street fridges and pantries might be s
Venezuelan political opposition seeks Pope's help

Venezuelan political opposition seeks Pope’s help

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Venezuelan opposition leaders no longer know how to fight President Nicolás Maduro on their own and are seeking assistance from Pope Francis. The government's opponents fear the future after the arrest of opposition leader Leopoldo López last year, the recent arrest of capital mayor Antonio Ledezma, and the murder of peaceful student protestor Kluivert Roa last week. Officials said that they may make government opposition illegal. At the headquarters of the Apostolic Nunciature in Caracas, opposition leader Maria Corina Machado delivered a letter calling for "protection" for the "lif
Hindu nationalists in power for first time in Muslim Kashmir

Hindu nationalists in power for first time in Muslim Kashmir

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The Hindu nationalist Bharateeya Janata Party (BJP) is sharing power for the first time in India's Muslim majority state of Jammu and Kashmir. PDP (Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party) leader Mufti Muhammed Sayeed will be the Chief Minister, while the BJP will get the post of Deputy Chief Minister. The PDP and BJP are at opposite ends of the political spectrum in Kashmir. The PDP is seen as sympathetic toward the separatists in Kashmir, while the BJP wants the state to be completely integrated into the Indian union. The parties are teaming up to form a government after two months of
Women harrased to discourage them from participating in society

Women harrased to discourage them from participating in society

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In a protest against the harassment of women in the streets of Afghanistan, Kubra Khademi wore a metal shield and walked around the capital city of Kabul. Dozens of men surrounded her. Photos of the girl during her symbolic demonstration went viral on social media, but received mixed reactions. Some described the action as an effort to implement western culture in the country. Street harassment is common in cities where women are active. It is used as an intimidation tool so that they don't participate in society. Almost all Afghan women experience various forms of harassment every
Ebola: Vice president quarantines himself

Ebola: Vice president quarantines himself

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Sierra Leone's Vice President Samuel Sam-Sumana has placed himself under voluntary quarantine after one of his bodyguards died from Ebola. Sam-Sumana will have no physical contact with anyone and will work from home for the mandatory 21-day incubation period prescribed for all people who come into close contact with Ebola victims. He was due to become acting president over the weekend while President Ernest Bai Koroma travels to Belgium for a European Union conference on Ebola. Sam-Sumana's private home staff, family members and at least eight other bodyguards who worked directly with
DNA screening trial for in vitro embryos to start in Japan

DNA screening trial for in-vitro embryos to start in Japan

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The Japanese Association of Gynecology officially announced that the clinical trial of preimplantation genetic diagnosis - testing the chromosome abnormality of fertilized eggs and returning the normal one back to uterus - has been approved. The purpose is to determine whether this screening would be effective in decreasing the risk of a miscarriage and increasing the probability of a successful pregnancy. There are 200 participants who failed to get pregnant through in vitro more than three times, and 100 other patients who had multiple miscarriages. The rate of miscarriage will be in
Pakistan sets up ‘high altitude’ police to boost tourism

Pakistan sets up ‘high altitude’ police to protect mountain climbers

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For the first time in history, Pakistan has set up a "high altitude" police force in its northern Gilgit-Baltistan territory. The development is in order to provide security to foreign mountaineers and tourists in the region. Visitors have stopped traveling to the area because of security concerns. The Gilgit-Baltistan Police Department said that the unit will have 50 policemen in the beginning and that the number will double over time. The personnel will be included in foreign expeditions to high mountains in the area, including K2 - the world’s second highest mountain. They will also pr
Violence in Turkey: More women ask for police protection

Violence in Turkey: More women ask for police protection

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An increasing number of women in Turkey are going to the police to report acts of violence against them, especially since the ruling AK party (Justice and Development Party) came to power a decade ago. It hit a new record in 2014. The Turkish security general directorate released the 2014 report on women requesting police protection.There was an increase of more than 35,000 since 2013, when the number of women reporting violence was 82,000. 24,000 women were given temporary police protection while over 150 women had to change their ID due to domestic violence. 39 percent of married wom
Venezuela to start requiring entry visas for Americans

Venezuela to start requiring entry visas for Americans

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Following an anti-imperialist march in the Venezuelan capital, President Nicolás Maduro announced that U.S. citizens will now be required to have a visa to enter the South American country. Visas will cost $160. "To protect our country, we have decided to introduce a system of visa requirements for all Americans entering Venezuela," Maduro said. "A set of U.S. political leaders who have violated human rights by bombing (Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan) will not enter Venezuela because they are terrorists." His list of "terrorists" includes former U.S. President George W. Bush and former Vi
Sculptor arrested for artwork in Turkey

Sculptor arrested for artwork in Turkey

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Turkish sculptor Ismail Dogan has been arrested for creating a statue of a woman performing "semah" - a religious dance. Dogan is being prosecuted because his artwork is connected with his alleged support of PKK, a Kurdish rebel organization that is categorized as a terrorist group by Turkish Law. The group is engaged in an armed struggle with Turkey for cultural and political rights. Dogan is from Dersim, Turkey. The indictment read that the woman seemed to have been wearing a shirt with cuffed sleeves and a pair of outdated, rough looking trousers. According to Turkish government, the
Focus on exams doesn't teach courage, fairness, gratitude

Focus on exams doesn’t teach courage, fairness, gratitude

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A study conducted at the University of Birmingham has shown that children in the U.K. are failing to develop important values such as courage, fairness and gratitude while at school. This is reportedly due to the relentless focus on exams and results. The study argues that “moral character” is being removed from modern education. Consequently, youngsters lack the key qualities that they will need to be successful in the future. Teachers need more time during the day to teach children the difference between right and wrong, the study added. The conclusion comes alongside calls from p
Islamic State actively recruiting in Turkey?

Islamic State actively recruiting in Turkey?

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Former Turkish prosecutor and parliamentary deputy for the Republican People's Party Ilhan Cihaner asked the government to explain the allegations that charities in the country are recruiting for the Islamic State. About a year ago, IS flags were seen in the capital city of Ankara. Immediately after, there were theories that the terrorist group was recruiting people. The media reported that even though the police knew the people who carried the ISIS flag, the government did not conduct an investigation. Cihaner has revisited the incident, claiming that he has new intelligence informat
Money from hunting permits goes to preserving biodiversity

Money from hunting permits goes to preserving biodiversity

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A hunter from Mexico tracked down and killed a Himalayan goat that is locally known as "Markhor" in the mountainous area of Pakistan’s northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He had a 10 million Pakistani rupees ($100,000) permit. Mexican national Adrian Gonzalez obtained the hunting permit for the special 8-year-old goat. The markhor has 40-inch-long horns. The species was once endangered and now has a population of about 20,000 in the Toshi Shasha conservancy of Chitral district. The population growth is a result of the community's efforts to save them. Foreign hunters pay mill
Whereabouts of Rahul Gandhi national concern

Whereabouts of opposition politician a national concern

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A public interest litigation has been filed in the Allahabad High Court seeking to know the whereabouts of Rahul Gandhi, the son of late Prime Minster Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi, president of the Indian National Congress party. Rahul is the vice president of the party and has taken a sabbatical. However, his location has not been disclosed. The petition says that since Rahul enjoys security from the elite Special Protection Group, he could not disappear without revealing his location. It claimed that it is in the public's interest to know where he is. Rahul's decision to go on leave h

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