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New Laws You Need to Know About in 2014: From Tanning Salons to Pot

New year, new laws.<p>Dozens of new laws that affect you are going into effect in states across the U.S. come 2014. The provisions run the gamut from …

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un boasts of removal of 'filth' after execution of uncle

Kim Jong-un claims in his New Year address that North Korea has been made stronger by the elimination of 'factional filth', the purge and execution of his once powerful uncle<p>Kim Jong-un began the New Year in typically fiery form, delivering a speech bristling with condemnation of his …

New protests after suicide of 16-year-old gang-raped twice in Calcutta

Gangsters who twice raped a 16-year-old girl and threatened to kill her father unless she dropped the charges had ’political patronage,’ says veteran women’s rights campaigner<p>There were angry demonstrations in Calcutta on Wednesday following the death of a 16-year-old girl who set herself on fire …

Mexico soda tax to re-ignite debate

Mexico’s new tax on soda and other high calorie foods kicked in Wednesday, starting the clock on a big policy experiment that could reignite calls for similar actions in the U.S.<p>Researchers, health advocates and the beverage industry are all closely watching what happens in Mexico — which recently …

Israel 'proposes land swap' as part of peace deal with Palestinians

Israeli official have suggested a controversial land-swap arrangement with the Palestinians that could see 300,000 Arab citizens being transferred out of Israel's jurisdiction, it has been reported<p><b>Israel</b> has reportedly floated the controversial idea of land swaps with the <b>Palestinians</b> in a move …

Japan's homeless are being recruited to clean up the radioactive debris at Fukushima

Cleaning up radioactive waste in Fukushima may be one of the worst jobs in Japan. Clean-up of the site has fallen behind schedule and finding workers has been a challenge. Now it turns out, the homeless are among those being recruited for the job.<p>Antoni Slodkowski, one of the reporters who …