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Aug 1, 2014

Turkish women are told not to laugh loud

One of the most senior members of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government sparked an outcry Tuesday after declaring that women should not laugh loudly in public. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc, one of the co-founders of the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party ...

Aug 1, 2014

India hires masked monkey men to combat macaque menace

India has hired a group of monkey impersonators to scare the real marauding animals away from parliament and other key buildings in the nation’s capital, officials said Thursday. The “very talented” group of men has taken to wearing monkey masks, imitating their whoops and ...

Aug 1, 2014

Man expelled from Croatia for punching endangered monk seal

A man has been fined and expelled from Croatia after he punched a Mediterranean monk seal, one of the world’s most endangered species, reports said on Thursday. Dozens of tourists and locals had gathered on the beach at Gortan bay on the northern peninsula ...

Aug 1, 2014

Paramount apologizes after Ninja Turtles poster recalls 9/11

Paramount Pictures apologized Thursday after publishing a poster of the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film that showed the characters jumping from a burning building, with its Australian release date — Sept. 11 — printed at the bottom. The American movie studio deleted images ...

Aug 1, 2014

Speeding grandma thanks Idaho trooper for ticket

A Washington state grandmother has written a thank-you letter to a state trooper in Idaho for giving her a speeding ticket in an exchange that she said on Thursday was a highlight of her recent holiday there. Tana Baumler, 59, of Bothell, Washington, was ...

Aug 1, 2014

Taiwan to put near-completed nuclear plant on hold

Taiwan’s government said Thursday it would seal off a nuclear power plant under construction that has been criticized by the public as unsafe, pending a referendum on its future. Deputy economic affairs minister Woody Duh said maintenance fees could reach 4 billion New Taiwan ...

Sudanese apostate arrives in U.S. with family

Aug 1, 2014

Sudanese apostate arrives in U.S. with family

A Sudanese woman who refused to recant her Christian faith in the face of a death sentence arrived in the United States on Thursday, where she was welcomed first by the mayor of Philadelphia as a “world freedom fighter” and later by cheering supporters ...