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Breast ironing in Cameroon: empowering girls to speak out

Elizabeth Mbu kept her secret for 16 years. Aged 11, her mother kneaded her naked, developing breasts with a hot stone twice a week to stop them growing. "Each time I cried as it was really painful," she says. "I didn't understand what was going on, but it was very difficult to speak about." Her …

Blaze destroys ancient Tibetan town dubbed 'Shangri-La'

Inferno rips through 1,300-year-old Tibetan community, which had been pin-pointed as the location of the mythical Shangri-La in James Hilton's novel The Lost Horizon<p>A ten-hour inferno has destroyed the ancient Tibetan town which, according to the Chinese government, was the earthly incarnation of …

Most effective way to reduce smoking? Increase price of cigarettes, study says

The single most effective way to reduce smoking – along with the millions of deaths it causes – is to dramatically increase the price of cigarettes.<p>That is the conclusion of a new study that calls for a tripling of tobacco taxes and a doubling of the price of a pack of cigarettes in much of the …

China's military presence is growing. Does a superpower collision loom?

Generally speaking, Japanese bureaucrats are not much given to exaggeration. So when a senior government insider in Tokyo, speaking off the record, recently compared the deteriorating security situation in East Asia to Europe in the 1930s amid the rise of fascism, it was time to sit up and take …

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Wealth Planning For Women

<b>Why Gender Lens Investing is Good for the World— and Your Portfolio</b><p>The movement toward greater gender equality is creating benefits at every level of society. And investors are taking note<p>"It's a way to leverage the market to support progress towards gender equality—in the workplace, the supply …

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Senator: US Soldiers Being Killed by Terror Groups Backed With US Money

The United States has paid more than $150 million to companies in Afghanistan that are accused of helping to finance terrorist attacks on American …

New 3-D Printer Makes Ladies Panties by the Millions

In what undergarment observers call a first, a 3D printer has produced a pair of lady's panties—in three seconds, no less. The day when you'll be …

When Lobbyists Literally Write The Bill

It's taken for granted that lobbyists influence legislation. But perhaps less obvious is that they often write the actual bills — even word for word.<p>In an example a week and a half ago, the House passed a measure that would roll back a portion of the 2010 financial reforms known as Dodd-Frank. And …

Sex: The No-Libido Credo

David Jay's romantic movie moment happened in 2011. "We connected really strongly and stayed up walking around and talking until about four in the …

The Unexplainable Video Everyone's Talking About

How to discover an antibiotic: a historian's guide

Historians of science and medicine are often terrible killjoys when it comes to great stories about discovery and genius. We've been quick to point …

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Samsung To Launch 5G By 2020, Hits Speeds Of 1Gbps In Tests

Samsung Electronics has developed core technology that will allow it to deliver high-speed 5G wireless data connections to consumers by 2020, the company announced today. The system allows data transmission up to several hundred times faster than current 4G networks.<p>5G mobile communications …

After Leaving Senate, Snowe Is Still 'Fighting For Common Ground'

As a Republican senator from Maine, Olympia Snowe was known for her willingness to stand alone. A moderate with independent views, she had substantial influence in the health care debate as both sides vied for her vote. Earlier this year she left the Senate, out of frustration, she says, with the …