Society

Winter cycling cool in Quebec - 01/11/2009

MONTREAL (AFP) - Avoiding packed public transit and rush hour gridlock, more and more people in this Canadian city, with one of the world's heaviest winter snowfalls, are braving extreme cold to...

Disabled Japanese fisherman survives 15 hrs in sea - 01/11/2009

TOKYO (AFP) - A paraplegic Japanese fisherman without a life jacket survived for 15 hours after falling into the sea by keeping himself afloat, the coast guard said Friday. Toshiyuki Nashiro, 55,...

China forecasts 188 million rail passengers over Lunar New Year - 01/11/2009

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese authorities are expecting 188 million people to travel by train over the Lunar New Year holiday, an important annual family get-together, a railways spokesman said Saturday....

Court orders Swiss health insurance to pay for sex change - 01/09/2009

STRASBOURG, France (AFP) - The European Court of Human Rights Thursday awarded a Swiss transexual 15,000 euros (20,500 dollars) after her country's health insurance refused to pay for her sex change...

Canadian woman mistakes labor pains for kidney stone - 01/09/2009

OTTAWA (AFP) - A Canadian woman rushed to hospital on New Year's Eve for what she believed was a kidney stone gave birth to a baby boy instead, local media said Thursday. "This is some kidney...

Prince Edward escapes charge over beating dog - 01/09/2009

LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Prince Edward has escaped prosecution for allegedly beating a dog, after an animal welfare group said Friday there was insufficient evidence to charge him. Edward, 44,...

Mexican woman wins 22,000 dollars for useless red tape - 01/09/2009

MEXICO CITY (AFP) - A Mexican woman who needs to collect seven signatures every two weeks to obtain medicine for her sick son won a government competition Thursday for the most useless bureaucratic...

US soldiers denied Purple Heart for PTSD - 01/09/2009

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US soldiers will not be eligible to receive the Purple Heart for the invisible psychic wounds of war, the Pentagon said Thursday, reserving the medal for those wounded in combat....

Malaysian man sues over text-message break-up - 01/07/2009

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - A Malaysian man is suing his ex-fiancee in an Islamic court after her father broke off their engagement via mobile phone text messages, a report said Tuesday. Muhammad Salleh...

Palin welcomes grandson, daughter discourages teen pregnancy - 01/06/2009

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Alaska Governor and former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin welcomed her first grandchild this week, but admitted she felt fear and despair when she first learned...
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