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Studying love, sex now must in China

BEIJING: China’s Ministry of Education has ordered all higher educational institutions to make ‘sex and love’ course compulsory from this year. A psychological course, including sex and…

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Duane Buck spared execution by US Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court has granted a last-minute stay of execution to a double killer whose lawyers argue the case was tainted by race issues. Duane Buck, 48, shot and killed his ex-girlfriend Debra Gardner and Kenneth Butler at her home in Texas in 1995. His…

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Syrian anti-Assad forces form council to promote peaceful revolutions

ISTANBUL — A group of Syrian opposition activists on Thursday announced the creation of a council designed to present a united front against President Bashar Assad’s regime, which has waged a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters during the past six months. The Syrian opposition consists of a variety of groups with often differing ideologies, including Islamists and secularists, and there ...

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Africa still suffering despite global drop in death rate for infants

The number of children who die of starvation or disease before the age of five has fallen by 12,000 a day since the United Nations set the developed world a goal 21 years ago. That goal, which was supposed to see infant mortality around the world fall by two thirds between 1990 and 2015, is a long way from being ...

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Asian shares climb on market move by five central banks

Asian stocks have climbed on optimism Europe’s debt crisis will ease after five central banks announced new emergency liquidity measures. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index added 1.5%, South Korea’s Kospi gained 2.2% and Australia’s ASX rose 1.7%. The move by five of the world’s biggest central banks was aimed at ensuring that…

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Planet discovered orbiting two suns

Astronomers say a bit of science fiction is now reality – they have spotted a planet orbiting two suns. The discovery was made by Nasa’s planet-hunting telescope Kepler. Scientists describe the find in Friday’s issue of the journal Science. They are calling the new planet Tatooine after the fictional body in the Star Wars films that boasts a double sunset. ...

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Israel ups West Bank forces before Palestinian UN bid

JERUSALEM ‘ Israel has boosted its army presence in the West Bank ahead of a Palestinian recourse to the UN amid fears they may resort to the International Criminal Court over Jewish settlements, reports said on Friday. Public radio reported the build-up and the daily Yediot Aharonot said three battalions of reservists – some 1,500 personnel – have been mobilised ...

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Tibetan PM’s Six Nominated Ministers Approved by Parliament

Article by Yeshe Choesang, WN Correspondent Dharamshala Dharamshala:- The elected political leader of the Tibetan Administration, Dr. Lobsang Sangay nominated six people today to be appointed ministers in his cabinet of the Tibetan administration, mostly former parliamentarians and ministers. Two women were included on the…

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U.S. remains hopeful Iran will release hikers – Clinton

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The United States remains hopeful that Iran will release two U.S. hikers and is not unduly concerned by Tehran’s delay in carrying out a pledge to free them earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday. “We continue to hope that the two young Americans will be released as part of a ...

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Local 9/11 memorial a reminder of real heroes

We hope we never need them, but thank God they are there when we do. The 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks brought focus once again on the sacrifices made by our first responders — police, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency personnel who run toward danger while the rest of us run from it. We were glad to ...

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