Stephanie Funkhouser

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Will France make paying for sex a crime?

<b>Can a country eradicate prostitution by punishing not the people who sell their bodies for sex, but the people who buy them?</b><p>That is the ambitious premise behind new legislation to be debated soon in the French National Assembly.<p>The bill tabled by the ruling Socialist Party (PS) contains more than …

A Russian Man Nailed His Testicles To The Pavement As A Protest

Warning: graphic images. Pytor Pavlensky carried out the stunt on the country's Police Day national holiday.<p>A naked artist, looking at his balls nailed to the Kremlin pavement, is a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference, and fatalism of contemporary Russian society.

Can US farm bill satisfy hunger for reform?

With the US farm bill in the final stages of negotiation, time is running out for aid groups and the Obama administration, who are anxious to see changes to the country's international food aid programme, which they say is overdue for reform.<p>After 18 months of fitful negotiations, the farm bill – a …

Louisiana: Vouchers don't segregate

A closely watched school voucher program that has come under scrutiny from the Obama administration because of worries it may harm federal desegregation efforts doesn’t have that effect, according to an analysis of the program the state filed in federal court late Thursday.<p>And Louisiana said the …

How States Rejecting the Medicaid Expansion Sabotaged Their Biggest Cities

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White House considers appointing civilian NSA chief amid calls for reform

In the first likely structural reform of the National Security Agency since the Guardian began publishing Edward Snowden’s revelations, the Obama administration is giving strong consideration to appointing a civilian to run the surveillance apparatus and splitting it from the military command that …

DOD fiscal chief: 'I am nervous'

“Frankly, I am nervous,” says Robert Hale, the Pentagon’s comptroller. And with reason.<p>A month and half into the new fiscal year, Congress can’t seem to decide between what are three, wildly different scenarios for Hale’s world in 2014. The House endorsed most of President Barack Obama’s $527 …

North Dakota's Salty Fracked Wells Drink More Water to Keep Oil Flowing

North Dakota's shale oil wells may consume more water for long-term salt removal and maintenance than they required for their initial fracking, state officials say.<p><b>It's well known that water has been key to the shale oil and gas rush in the United States. But in one center of the hydraulic</b> …

A Week Later, Still Too Close To Call In Virginia

There's still one election yet to be decided from last Tuesday: the Virginia attorney general's race.<p>The latest figures released Sunday night show it's about as close as it gets: Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain leads Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring by just 17 votes out of more than 2.2 …

Sudan devalues currency amid economic crisis

Sudan's central bank has devalued the Sudanese pound by almost a quarter against the US dollar, the second such move in little over a year as the African country struggles with hard currency shortages.<p>Sudan's economy has been in turmoil since South Sudan's secession in 2011 took away of …

Somali pirates will be back when they figure out their inventory management problem

Piracy in Somalia is a business like any other, with the attendant problems: inventory management, human resources, legal. And, according to an analysis by the World Bank, it’s a business that could start heating up again after a brief hiatus.<p>The seizure and ransom of ships steaming toward the Suez …

Africa

Polio strain in Syria originated in Pakistan, WHO confirms

GENEVA — Polio that has crippled at least 13 children in Syria has been confirmed as being caused by a strain of the virus that originated in Pakistan and is spreading across the Middle East, the World Health Organization said.<p>Genetic sequencing shows the strain found in Syrian children in Deir …

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Clash of Texas political titans looms

A Texas tussle could be on the 2016 horizon.<p>Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry are both angling to run for president. And the prospect of a clash between the two Texas-sized egos who represent different eras of the GOP – and who aren’t openly rivals but haven’t betrayed warm fuzzies for one another, …

'Ferrari Of Space' Crashes And Burns In Earth's Atmosphere

More than a ton of advanced electronics, including an ion engine and sensors that help detect variations in gravity, crashed into Earth's atmosphere Sunday night, when the European GOCE satellite ended its four-year mission. Most of the 2,425-pound craft disintegrated when it re-entered the …

Senate Votes To Send A Message Ahead Of Next Year's Election

Midterm elections are still a year off, but the scramble to gain a political edge at the polls is already well underway on Capitol Hill.<p>Bills are brought up and votes taken not so much in hopes they will prevail, but rather to send a political message. In the Senate, both parties are at it.<p>When the …

Healthcare.gov Has Enrolled At Least 40,000 in Private Plans

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>According to "people familiar" with Healthcare.gov, the struggling website enrolled 40,000 to 50,000 …

Dozens executed in North Korea 'for watching foreign films'

Eighty people have been executed by firing squad in North Korea for watching foreign films, it has been claimed.<p>South Korea’s JoongAng Ilbo newspaper reported that the co-ordinated public executions took place in seven separate cities earlier this month.<p>In one case, the local authorities rounded up …

Plans for Europe's biggest open-cast gold mine in Romania are thrown out

In Bucharest a cross-party parliamentary commission has voted against a bill which would have given the green light to Europe’s biggest open-cast gold mine to start working.<p>The vote against the project in Rosia Montana was unanimous. The commission recommended a new draft law for all mining in the …