Society

Costa Rica tops happiness, 'green living' poll - 07/04/2009

SAN JOSE - Costa Rica is the happiest place on earth, and one of the most environmentally friendly, according to a new survey by a British non-governmental group. The New Economics Foundation...

Escaped python strangles US toddler - 07/03/2009

WASHINGTON- A two-year-old girl in Florida was strangled to death by a 3.6-meter-long (8.5-foot-long) python that had escaped from its cage, police said Thursday. Sumter County Sheriff's...

'Great train robber' Ronnie Biggs denied parole - 07/02/2009

LONDON - Ronnie Biggs, 79, notorious for his role in the Great Train Robbery of 1963 and then three decades as a celebrity fugitive in Brazil, was denied parole Wednesday on grounds that he is...

Forty percent of S African youth unskilled: government - 07/01/2009

CAPE TOWN - South Africa is seeking ways to equip millions of youths with skills, after education system failures have left 40 percent of youth without jobs and training, government said Tuesday....

British white supremacist planned race hate bombing - 06/29/2009

LONDON- A white supremacist arrested by chance at a railway station in Britain was on the verge of a race hate terrorism campaign, a court heard Monday. Neil Lewington had developed a bomb factory...

Sex sells in new Chinese cultural revolution - 06/28/2009

BEIJING, Dan Martin- Shopping for a new negligee, Beijing resident Ha Li is looking for something that is, as she puts it, "as easy to take off as to put on". Filling such needs is getting easier...

Hundreds protest in France to defend illegal immigrants - 06/28/2009

CALAIS- Hundreds of leftist demonstrators from Europe on Saturday protested against the fate of illegal immigrants living in France's northern city of Calais, a key exit point to Britain....

Gay rights movement marks 40 years since Stonewall riots - 06/27/2009

NEW YORK, Luis Torres de la Llosa - Forty years ago, a New York City bar called the Stonewall Inn shot to global attention when its gay clientele staged a revolt against police harassment, launching...

Young Jehovah Witness loses fight to stop forced blood transfusions - 06/27/2009

OTTAWA, June 26, 2009 (AFP) - Canada's high court on Friday dismissed a young Jehovah Witness's arguments that forcing her to get a blood transfusion violated her rights. In a 6-1 decision, the...

Going but not forgotten: US leaves cultural imprint on Iraq - 06/26/2009

BAGHDAD, Sammy Ketz - Sipping tea and smoking from a water pipe at Shahbander, a favoured haunt for Baghdad's intelligentsia, Jafaar Bairga neatly summed up the contradictions of Iraqi views of the...
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