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Why prostitution needs to go legit

Legalising sex workers will remove the stigma and make the activity crime-free<p><b>In the shadows</b> Whether it is criminalisation of gay sex or paid sex, …

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'End drone strikes', Pakistan's Prime Minister tells Obama

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was in Washington to meet US President Barack Obama for the first time since taking office.<p>Amongst the discussions between the two leaders was the issue of drone strikes which has strained relations between the two countries.<p>“Pakistan and the United States …

Kerry and Netanyahu discuss Iran in Rome

Diplomatic handshakes disguised the differences between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State John Kerry when they met in Rome on Wednesday.<p>At a press conference following their seven-hour long discussions, it appeared that Iran’s nuclear programme continues to be a …

Today's front page: Angela Merkel's call to Obama: are you bugging my mobile phone? http://gu.com/p/3jz3e/fb London's economic boom leaves rest of Britain behind http://gu.com/p/3jnq4/fb Ministers approved reduction in checks on free schools http://gu.com/p/3jz4h/fb

Delegates To Debate Watered-Down Plan For Antarctic Marine Preserve

Less than 1 percent of the world's oceans are set aside as protected areas, but diplomats meeting now in Australia could substantially increase that figure.<p>Delegates from 24 nations and the European Union have convened to consider proposals to create vast new marine protected areas around …

Watch This Mother Fight To Get Her Kids A Medicine She Thinks Could Save Their Lives

Eleven-and-a-half years ago, Jenn McNary’s first son Austin was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a muscle-wasting disease that afflicts one in 3,600 boys. Her baby Max had the disease, too. “The neurologist told me to take my two kids home and enjoy them,” she says. “He said there were …

Let’s throw some light on the energy debate

The Prime Minister's competition test for suppliers is a far better idea than Ed Miliband’s price freeze<p>In recent weeks, the debate over energy policy has generated more heat than light; and if we continue to get it wrong, we will end up with neither. In the House of Commons yesterday, the argument …

Far Right crackdown - Greece votes to suspend funding for Golden Dawn

The Greek Parliament has voted unanimously to suspend state funding for the far-right party Golden Dawn.<p>The new law allows an indefinite funding freeze for parties whose leadership is charged with links to criminal groups or terrorism.<p>Golden Dawn’s leader and two MPs are awaiting trial accused of …

NATO defence ministers discuss Afghan troop deal

NATO defence ministers meeting in Brussels are discussing – among other things – how many US soldiers and bases will remain in Afghanistan after most foreign combat troops leave at the end of next year.<p>US and NATO officials have said they are confident the Afghan parliament will give them the green …

Labour’s disability rights challenge – Progress | Centre-left Labour politics

The last three years have probably been the most threatening for disabled people and their families. After 15 years of sustained progress from the …

News Of The World Phone Hacking Trial Of Coulson And Brooks Promises More Political Scandal

What an unusual three months we have ahead as seven former <i>News of the World</i> employees, including two former editors, both associates of the current …

Tim Farron, Lib Dem President, On Clegg, Christianity And Coalition Crises

"I guess I get a lot of my anger at injustice from my faith."<p>Tim Farron cradles a mug of tea in his hands, as we sit in his parliamentary office in …

Parents will judge whether free schools are needed, says minister

The schools minister David Laws has defended placing free schools in areas with spare places and high-quality existing schools, suggesting they could quickly be closed if they failed to win support from parents.<p>Giving evidence to the Commons education committee on the crisis in school places, Laws …

Alzheimer's plaque coats sleepless brains - Futurity

Seniors who don't sleep well are more likely to have beta-amyloid, a biomarker for Alzheimer's, coating their brains, say researchers from Johns …

Norwegian Town's Bright Idea Is A Shining Example Of Ingenuity

Archimedes would be proud of the town of Rjukan, Norway. So would Sam Eyde.<p>Rjukan, home to about 3,500 residents and situated about 70 miles west of the capital, Oslo, has installed a trio of giant mountaintop mirrors to focus light into the valley town's square during the cold (and dark) winter …

Iran's New Drone-Like Guided Missile Is Held Together With Duct Tape [Video]

No, really<p>Iran's latest drone isn't one. The "matchstick with wings" body, camera slung beneath the fuselage, and remotely piloted nature of the Ra'ad 85 all obscure the vehicles' true nature: it's a flying bomb, slapped together with duct tape and meant for one use only. Built from the body of …

The Neuroscience Behind How Sleep Cleans Your Brain

You clean your closet sometimes. What about your brain?<p>We know that getting even a measly extra hour of sleep a night can have major benefits for us–like more memories, less anxiety, and happier genes. But scientists have tested another hypothesis for why we need to spend so much time horizontal: …

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10 Innovators Who Changed the World in 2013

These brilliant engineers, designers, and dreamers captured our imagination by creating swarms of smart rescue robots, cars that drive themselves, and a rugged rover that could change the way we think about exploring the Red Planet.<p>These brilliant engineers, designers, and dreamers captured our …

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Robots at Work and Play

Advancements in robotics are continually taking place in the fields of space exploration, health care, public safety, entertainment, defense, and more. These machines -- some fully autonomous, some requiring human input -- extend our grasp, enhance our capabilities, and travel as our surrogates to …