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Norway prepares to punish sex purchasers, at home and abroad - 12/31/2008

OSLO (AFP) - As Norway rings in the new year it will introduce a new law making the purchase -- but not the sale -- of sex a criminal act, threatening even to put Norwegians who buy sex abroad...

Slum birthday for Carla Bruni in Brazil - 12/27/2008

RIO DE JANEIRO - Vanderlei Almeida - As birthdays go, it was a modest yet heartwarming celebration for Carla Bruni, the pop singer wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who spent her 41st...

Hong Kong's controversial Catholic leader to retire early next year - 12/25/2008

HONG KONG (AFP) - The leader of Hong Kong's Catholic Church, Cardinal Joseph Zen, a staunch democracy campaigner and critic of China's rights record, said Wednesday he would retire early next...

Belgian 'Santa' gives half lottery win to the poor - 12/24/2008

BRUSSELS (AFP) - The Christmas spirit reigns in the Belgium village of Riemst, where a lottery winner is giving half his 7.5 million euro (10.5 million dollar) scoop to the poor, reports said...

Let poor eat caviar: Milan authorities - 12/21/2008

MILAN, Italy (AFP) - Poor residents of Milan will receive an unlikely Christmas gift of contraband caviar this year from kindly prosecutors, a newspaper reported on Saturday. ...

Texting drivers more dangerous than drunks-study - 12/06/2008

LONDON,(Reuters Life!) - Sending text messages from your mobile phone while driving is more dangerous than climbing behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs, a study by Britain's...

Japan's Mazda develops clean diesel engine - 11/14/2008

Japan's Mazda Motor Corp. said Tuesday it had developed a clean diesel engine to launch next year in Europe as demand grows for fuel-efficient technology. TOKYO (AFP) - Japan's Mazda Motor Corp....
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