Society

Italian government passes tough rape crime measures - 02/20/2009

ROME, February 20, 2009 (AFP) - The Italian government passed tough new measures Friday stepping up prison terms for sexual attacks and approving civilian anti-crime patrols after a series of rapes...

CEOs less popular than politicians: poll - 02/19/2009

Company bosses are less popular than bankers, lawyers or members of the US Congress, according to a survey published Wednesday by pollsters Rasmussen. Some 73 percent of respondents said they had...

Two nabbed for delivering drugs to a prison in canada - 02/18/2009

Two women have been arrested for delivering marijuana and hash-oil worth an estimated 40,000 Canadian dollars (32,000 US) to a prison in western Canada, authorities said Wednesday. The pair's...

Brazil prepares for carnival undeuds of crisisr clo - 02/17/2009

Brazil is to roll out its famous annual carnival late this month with only a few signs of the global crisis that is taking a toll -- but fears are mounting over next year's celebration. In Rio de...

Kevin Costner and wife welcome second child: reports - 02/16/2009

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Oscar-winning actor-director Kevin Costner and his wife Christine Baumgartner were celebrating the birth of their second child together, reports said Friday. Hayes Logan...

Lebanese lovebirds in illegal Valentine's wedding - 02/16/2009

This year for Saint Valentine's Day, Rana Khoury and Rayan Ismail have decided to say "I do" at a civil marriage in a Beirut pub, even though such weddings have no legal basis in Lebanon. "I am...

'Hindu Taliban' enraged by modern Indian women - 02/16/2009

Hindu nationalists in India have been accused of behaving like Afghanistan's hardline Taliban after women were attacked in a pub and couples warned about public displays of affection. Five men...

Love comes cheap this Valentine's Day - 02/16/2009

Love was in the air on Saint Valentine's Day, but with a much lower price tag this year as the global economic crisis hit Cupid in the pocket. Lovers around the world marked Saturday's annual...

Honey it's over: Croats use mobiles for breakups - 02/13/2009

ZAGREB (AFP) - A survey released ahead of Valentine's Day has found a large number of Croats prefer to use their mobile phones to tell their lovers "it's over," a telecoms operator said on Friday....

World's shortest man thinks big - 02/13/2009

TOKYO (AFP) - Wearing a sparkly white suit and sporting a tuft of dyed, slicked-back hair, the world's shortest man said Friday there was every reason to think big about being tiny. Recognised...
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