Karen Lamont

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Indonesia's 'discriminatory, cruel and degrading' test for female police recruits

The Indonesian police continue to use a "degrading" invasive physical test to check for female recruits virginity, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has claimed.<p>A manual examination is used to physically check for an intact hymen in the recruits, the report alleges.<p>It is, according to the report, a …

Hotel offers Harry Potter-themed rooms in London

A hotel is offering Harry Potter-themed rooms to fans of the book and film series staying in London<p>The Georgian House Hotel has given some of its rooms a gothic feel so guests can pretend they are spending a night in Hogwarts.<p>There are two "Wizard Chamber" bedrooms that come with a four-poster, …

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Ebola gives U.S. 'preppers' another reason to prepare for worst | Reuters

(Reuters) - With the closest known U.S. cases of Ebola diagnosed about 160 miles away in Dallas, Cary Griffin is taking no chances.<p>David D'Eugenio, founder of the HomeSafety Academy which gives classes and instructions on what to do and how to prepare for catastrophic events, poses with a machete …

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For $200,000, This Lab Will Swap Your Body's Blood for Antifreeze

Inside the weird and hopeful world of cryonics surgery<p>In 1972 Max More saw a children’s science fiction television show called <i>Time Slip</i> that featured characters being frozen in ice. He didn’t think much about it until years later, when he started hanging out with friends who held meetings about …

Typhoon Halong triggers evacuation orders in Japan

<b>More than one million people have been told to evacuate their homes as a powerful typhoon hit south-west Japan.</b><p>Typhoon Halong made landfall near Aki, Kochi prefecture, at around 06:00 (21:00 GMT Saturday), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.<p>Torrential rain in Mie prefecture, west of Tokyo, was …

Weather

Gammy's parents deny they struck deal to leave him behind

Australian couple to tell 60 Minutes they did not choose to bring twin sister back and leave birth mother to care for boy<p>The Australian couple who left a baby with Down’s syndrome with his surrogate mother in Thailand are set to deny they struck a deal to leave him in the country, amid diplomatic …

Perseids meteor shower and supermoon offer divine heavenly show

Astronomers and amateur skywatchers excited as perigee moon and comet Swift-Tuttle appear together for dazzling skies<p>Supermoon lights up skies around the world – in pictures Share your pictures of the supermoon with GuardianWitness<p>A dramatic supermoon is set to accompany this year's Perseid meteor …

Bowe Bergdahl Telling 'His Own Story' to Investigators

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan for five years, met with Army investigators all day Wednesday and will continue answering questions Thursday, his attorney, Eugene Fidell, told NBC News. Fidell said Bergdahl answered every question he was posed during the …

Bowe Bergdahl