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Paris museums move towards ban on selfie sticks

PARIS (AFP) - Bad news for selfie-stick lovers. Museums in Paris are moving towards banning the popular devices because of the hazard they pose for …

IBM denies plans to cut 26% of workforce

Technology giant says US technology blogger’s claims of 110,000 job cuts are ‘ridiculous’ speculation<p>IBM has issued a strong rebuke to a report that it is preparing to cut more than a quarter of its global workforce.<p>A US technology blogger claimed on Forbes.com that the US technology giant was …

Saudi men call for 'no girls on Twitter'

<b>Thousands of Saudi men are trying to drive women off Twitter - but the effort seems to have backfired.</b><p>Gender segregation is the norm in Saudi Arabia, and it appears some people want that to extend to social media networks too. An Arabic hashtag which translates as "We don't want girls on Twitter" …

FlyKly electric bike wheel makes riding a bike feel like the wind’s at your back

Jumping on the bicycle, I was told to watch out: As soon I started to pedal, it would feel like I’d been pushed forward by a big gust of wind. So don’t be surprised, they said.<p>Good advice. While it maybe wasn’t quite like the wind, it was true — the bike, powered by the new removable “smart” wheel …

Sarah Brightman begins training for space station trip after paying £34m

The British singer Sarah Brightman is expected to blast off in October for a 10-day stay on the International Space Station Nasa has confirmed after the soprano paid $52m for the return ticket.<p>The famed soprano, who starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera” will ride aboard a Russian …

No one can prevent all abortions. You can only eliminate safe abortions

A woman in Morocco looking for help is considering drinking bleach to end her pregnancy. In Poland, a rape victim says she’s thinking about hitting her stomach with a stick to induce a miscarriage. Another woman desperately emails, “I am not a monster, I just cannot have the baby.”<p>These are the …

'Wearing a corset is liberating!' Meet the woman living a modern-day Victorian life - with no cell phone, car, or home appliances

For more than 50 years, American women have cast offconstrictive undergarments, which feminists have long criticized as symbols of repression.<p>But for …

Brits may get paid for losing weight

Overweight Brits may soon find that shedding extra pounds would benefit their wallets as well as their waistlines.<p>The UK public health service, the NHS, wants to encourage companies to reward employees who lose excess weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.<p>Dubbed the 'pounds for pounds' program by …

Third-Grader Suspended for Snorting Smarties

Keeping drugs out of schools is hard enough, but officials at one school are finding they need to stop children from huffing candy as well.<p>11Alive, …

The Snappening: Child Pornography Among Thousands of Snapchat Images Released Online

Thousands of videos and images sent via Snapchat and hacked through a third-party app have surfaced online in a 14GB file being shared on 4chan and …

'They wanted to abort BOTH twins': Thai surrogate mother of Down syndrome baby Gammy claims biological parents asked her to terminate pregnancy at SEVEN MONTHS

• <b>Pattharamon Janbua spoke to Thai Rath news in an extensive interview</b>• <b><br>She claimed she was asked to abort Gammy and his sister at seven months</b> …

Boy, 15, pens viral letter about Emma Watson speech

2014: Emma Watson's speech on gender equality<p><b>STORY HIGHLIGHTS</b><p>Schoolboy in UK writes letter defending Emma Watson's speech at the UN<br>• Letter goes viral after being published in London newspaper<br>• Ed Holtom: "We're lucky to live in a Western world where women can speak out"<p><b>(CNN)</b> -- A 15-year-old British …

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Chinese city opens 'phone lane' for texting pedestrians

In Chongqing, China, with a degree of seriousness that has yet to be determined, the city authorities have designated a 30 metre (100ft) “cellphone lane” for people who use their phones while walking. “First mobile phone sidewalks in China,” declares a notice next to it.<p>In fact, the Chongqing phone …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

How much has the ice bucket challenge achieved?

<b>The media is reaching saturation point in its coverage of the ice bucket challenge. But what has actually been achieved?</b><p>The format is simple - somebody has water, often full of ice cubes, dumped over their head. They then nominate people they know to undertake the same challenge.<p>There have been in …

In India, 'rice bucket challenge' replaces 'ice bucket challenge' to help the poor and hungry

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The famous "ice bucket" challenge is inspiring thousands of Indians to follow suit, but with a twist - they are replacing ice …

Are we more narcissistic than ever before?

There was once a young man named Narcissus who was so vain that he fell in love with his own reflection in the water and died. In some versions of …

NEPAL Religious festival discriminates against the poor, Hindus should learn from Pope Francis

Kathmandu (AsiaNews) - Nepal's political and religious leaders "should learn from Pope Francis, who saw Iraqi Christians in trouble and made a …

Turkish Mine Explosion: Angry Protests As Death Toll Rises

The death toll in the coal mine explosion in Turkey keeps rising, and anger over the incident has spread around the country. Thousands of people staged protests after a speech from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in which he suggested such accidents are unavoidable.<p>Officials say at least 282 …

Circumcision: South Africans should stop allowing our boys to be butchered

In my village in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, a male who has not undergone circumcision is called ‘inkwenkwe’ – a boy.<p>A young man who has undergone this rite of passage takes great pride in it. If he has not, he is not considered an adult, and will not be respected by men and women …

In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

It's the last day of school in Tharaka-Nithi, a community in Kenya’s remote former Eastern province. Classrooms are empty, signaling the start of a …

Tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital Mutilation comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the …

Osaka police hide 81,000 crimes to clean up city's image

TOKYO (AFP) - Osaka police have admitted they did not report more than 81,000 offences over a period of several years in a desperate bid to clean up …

Rape charges 'have become a fashion' in India, says Shiv Sena party

A rightwing Indian party has said rape charges have "become a fashion" in the country.<p>The hardline Hindu nationalist party Shiv Sena made the comments in an article supporting a police officer who has been accused of rape. It questioned victims' intentions for reporting crimes, saying rape …

Baby Gammy: Biological Parents Leave Down Syndrome Twin With Thai Surrogate Mum

Donations are flooding in for a baby born with Down syndrome to a surrogate mother in Thailand, after his biological parents said they didn't want …