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Violent video games leave teens 'morally immature'

<b>Playing violent video games for long periods of time can hold back the "moral maturity" of teenagers, according to a study in Canada.</b><p>In-depth research into the behaviour of about 100 13- and 14-year-olds found over-exposure to violent games weakened empathy for others.<p>More than half were found to …

Non-violence

Subway Phasing Out Bread Additive After Blogger Flags Health Concerns

Food industry, beware of the power of the online petition.<p>Just a few days after food blogger Vani Hari, known as Food Babe, created a buzz with an online petition raising questions about the safety of a food additive commonly used in commercial baking, sandwich giant Subway has announced plans to …

Royal Caribbean Cruise Illnesses Tied To New Scourge, CDC Says

The gut bug that cut short a Royal Caribbean cruise last week and sickened nearly 700 passengers and crew is a new strain of norovirus that has become something of a scourge of the seas — and everywhere else.<p>Federal health officials on Thursday confirmed that the norovirus that infected passengers …

Measles global deaths decline by 78%, WHO estimates

<b>Global deaths from measles dropped 78% between 2000 and 2012, the World Health Organization estimates.</b><p>New figures from the WHO suggest that around 13.8 million deaths were prevented during this time and reported cases declined by 77%.<p>Good routine immunisation levels and campaigns to vaccinate …

Public Health

Women in Iraq Being Detained and Abused, Report Says

Thousands of women in Iraq are being illegally detained and many subjected to torture and abuse, Human Rights Watch said Thursday in a scathing …

Russian Response to Sochi Problems Goes Creepily Wrong

The press arrived in Sochi this week for the Winter Olympics, and it did not go well.<p>Tweets, photos and full-on articles told the world of shoddy, …

Freaky 'frost quakes' boom and shake frozen Midwest towns

Bizarre cold-weather phenomena called frost quakes — which generate shaking and ear-splitting sounds likened to exploding bombs — have blasted towns across the Northeast and upper Midwest during this extraordinarily frigid winter.<p>Thanks to social media reports, researchers have been able to study …

Weather

UK takes action on female genital mutilation

The UK Government has announced a major campaign to help victims who have been subjected to female genital mutilation.<p>The move coincides with a worldwide day for action against FGM, a practice that has ruined the lives of tens of millions of women around the world.<p>Al Jazeera's Emma Hayward reports …

Worldwide cancer cases expected to soar by 70% over next 20 years

Cancer cases worldwide are predicted to increase by 70% over the next two decades, from 14m in 2012 to 25m new cases a year, according to the World Health Organisation.<p>The latest World Cancer Report says it is implausible to think we can treat our way out of the disease and that the focus must now …

Mount Sinabung's deadly eruption - Telegraph

Recruiting fraud, kickback scandal rocks Army

Soldiers received bonuses for persuading friends to sign up during Iraq, Afghanistan wars.<p>WASHINGTON — More than 800 soldiers are under criminal investigation for gaming a National Guard program that paid hundreds of millions in bonuses to soldiers who persuaded friends to sign up during the …

Philip Seymour Hoffman Had 5 Empty And 65 Full Bags of Heroin

Philip Seymour Hoffman was found with five empty heroin bag as well as many as 65 more bags that were still unused, police told ABC News.<p>Police …

U.S. ‘Deeply Concerned' Over Press Freedom In China As New York Times Reporter Forced Out

NEW YORK –- White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday that the U.S is “deeply concerned” about the ability of foreign journalists to do their jobs in China, shortly after New York Times reporter Austin Ramzy was forced to leave the country over visa issues.<p>"Foreign journalists in China …

Drug trafficking is speeding deforestation in Central America

<b>A new report says that drug smuggling in Central America is rapidly increasing rates of deforestation.</b><p>Remote forests in Honduras and Guatemala are being cut down to facilitate landing strips for the transportation of narcotics.<p>The scientists believe the influx of drug cash encourages ranchers, …

Central America

Man Smuggles 40,000 Piranhas

New York man pleads guilty to illegally importing the sharp-toothed fish.<p>Talk about taking a bite out of the Big Apple.<p>On Wednesday a New York City man pleaded guilty to smuggling nearly 40,000 piranhas into the city illegally.<p>Joel Rakower, 66, entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn for …

Sochi Workers Faced Rampant Abuses Building Olympic Sites

The Sochi Olympics are the most expensive in history with an estimated $50 billion price tag, as cost overruns and corruption have driven the cost to …

Northern Cyprus votes to legalise gay sex

Northern Cyprus, the last jurisdiction in Europe where gay sex between consenting adults was illegal, has voted to remove the offence from its statute books.<p>Turkish Cypriot deputies passed an amendment on Monday repealing a colonial-era law that punished homosexual acts with up to five years in …

Sochi 2014: No gay people in city, says mayor

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1047000/1047378_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1534415420_1326eeaf1006d90675363d0d5915ea48<p><b>The mayor of Sochi, host of the Winter Olympics, has said there are no gay people in the city.</b><p>Anatoly Pakhomov said homosexuals were welcome at the …

Russia

Bitcoin Foundation vice chair arrested for money laundering

A senior figure in the Bitcoin Foundation, which lobbies on behalf of the digital currency has been arrested for conspiracy to commit money laundering and “knowingly contributing” to anonymous drug sales.<p>Prosecutors announced on Monday that Charlie Shrem, the organisation's vice chairman, was …

Phone-hacking trial: Coulson 'told about hacking skills'

<b>A former journalist told ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson about his phone-hacking skills at a job interview, the Old Bailey has heard.</b><p>Dan Evans told the phone-hacking trial he was shown how to hack phones at the Sunday Mirror and was recruited by the News of the World for those …

Computer Hacking

New drug in development to reverse spread of breast cancer

A new drug is being developed that could potentially stop the spread of breast cancer in its tracks.<p>Researchers at Cardiff University in Cardiff, Wales, are working on a novel compound that targets a well-studied protein called Bcl3, which has been shown to play a crucial role in breast cancer’s …

300 sickened on Royal Caribbean cruise ship

U.S. health officials are expected to board a Royal Caribbean cruise ship in the Virgin Islands on Sunday to investigate a possible outbreak of highly contagious norovirus that has sickened more than 300 passengers and crew members.<p>The Explorer of the Seas ship stopped part way through a 10-day …

Who is Xu Zhiyong?

Four people whose lives were changed by Xu Zhiyong, the Chinese law professor and legal reformer sentenced on Sunday to four years in prison, describe how he helped them<p>LIU HUA<p>Liu Hua, 50, saw her husband elected as the head of their village near the city of Shenyang. But when they tried to blow …

Hopes for first womb transplant baby

The world's first ever birth from a transplanted womb could be imminent as doctors successfully introduce an embryo into a Swedish woman's body<p>A woman is on course to become the first in the world to give birth from a transplanted womb, after doctors successfully introduced an embryo into her …

Village 'justice' in West Bengal: 'This is our way. We don't go to the police'

If there are clues to explain what happened, they lie behind the open door of the third hut on the left at the entrance to the poor, remote village of Subalpur.<p>It was here that a 20-year-old single woman was found in the company of a married man from another village on Monday afternoon. Dragged out …

Indian rape victim under police protection

A woman who said she was raped on the orders of village elders has been placed under police protection, along with her family, and will be relocated after being ostracised by villagers following the attack.<p>Officials said on Sunday that the 22-year-old, who was raped last week by 13 men in the …

Thai opposition blockade polling stations in latest blow to PM

Anti-government demonstrators trying to derail next week's general election in Thailand surrounded polling stations and chained them shut, blocking hundreds of thousands of people from casting advance ballots on Sunday in the latest blow to the country's increasingly embattled government.<p>Prime …

Propane shortage reaches emergency levels

WASHINGTON — As brutally cold temperatures continue to blast much of the nation, a propane shortage is driving up heating bills, prompting accusations of price gouging and leading to energy emergencies in more than a dozen states, from Alabama to Michigan.<p>The lack of propane has forced the closing …