Society

9-year-old allegedly raped by stepfather to abort twins - 02/28/2009

A nine-year-old girl pregnant after years of alleged sexual abuse by her stepfather is likely to abort twins she is carrying in a case that has shocked Brazil, reports here said Saturday. The...

Finland plans to hike retirement age from 63 to 65 - 02/26/2009

HELSINKI, February 24, 2009 (AFP) - Finland's government said Tuesday it would propose a new law that would gradually increase the country's retirement age from 63 to 65 starting in 2011. "We will...

Violent video game age limit unconstitutional: US court - 02/24/2009

A California law that would ban the sale or rental of violent video games to people younger than 18 is unconstitutional because it restricts free speech, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. A...

Bosnian parliament cuts invalid pensions - 02/24/2009

SARAJEVO, February 24, 2009 (AFP) - The parliament of the Muslim-Croat half of Bosnia decided Tuesday to drastically reduce the number of people eligible for invalid pensions by 130,000. The...

Duke Ellington first African American to solo on coin - 02/24/2009

Jazz icon Duke Ellington has become the first African American to appear solo on a US coin intended for everyday use, officials at the US Mint said Tuesday after a celebration to mark the...

Art Deco sets new records at Saint Laurent sale - 02/24/2009

An Art Deco armchair by Irish designer Eileen Gray smashed records and topped sales on day two of the sale of the stunning Yves Saint Laurent art collection, becoming the most expensive 20th century...

Elephant fans tune into Belgian on-line birthing - 02/22/2009

BRUSSELS, February 22, 2009 (AFP) - Thousands of elephant fans have registered on an on-line site promising live footage of the first birth of an elephant in Belgium. Surfers logging on to...

Misuse of genetics an 'attack on humanity', says pope - 02/21/2009

Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday freshly condemned the practice of discriminating through genetic selection as an "attack against all of humanity". "We have a tendency to favour...efficiency,...

Immigrants revolt at centre on Italian island - Lead - 02/20/2009

ROME, February 18, 2009 (AFP) - Illegal immigrants on Wednesday tried to break out of a holding centre on the Italian island of Lampedusa, sparking a fire and clashes with security forces that left...

Indian-born US residents most educated, best off: data - 02/20/2009

WASHINGTON, February 20, 2009 (AFP) - People born in India are vastly more likely to have a university degree and enjoy higher incomes than other foreign-born US residents, US Census Bureau data...
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