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Jun 12, 2014

Forced sterilization ended for sex change

Denmark on Wednesday scrapped a law requiring people to be sterilized as part of the sex change procedure before they could be legally recognized as another gender. As of Sept. 1, all Danes over 18 will be able to apply for a legal gender ...

More U.S. Jews split over Israel

Jun 10, 2014

More U.S. Jews split over Israel

Once a unifying cause for generations of American Jews, Israel is now bitterly dividing Jewish communities. Jewish organizations are withdrawing invitations to Jewish speakers or performers considered too critical of Israel, in what opponents have denounced as an ideological litmus test meant to squelch ...

Vodafone reveals shocking scale of government snooping

Jun 6, 2014

Vodafone reveals shocking scale of government snooping

Vodafone, one of the world’s largest cellphone companies, revealed the scope of government snooping into phone networks Friday, saying authorities in some countries are able to directly access an operator’s network without seeking permission. The company outlined the details in a report that is ...

Man from 'Mars' rails at online porn, feminism

Jun 6, 2014

Man from 'Mars' rails at online porn, feminism

He claims to have saved hundreds of thousands of marriages. But John Gray, author of the 1992 “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,” is worried by where relationships are going — notably online. Free to view Internet porn is “like taking heroin” ...

Dutch discover how to date fingerprints

Jun 5, 2014

Dutch discover how to date fingerprints

Criminals’ days may be numbered after Dutch forensic experts discovered how to date fingerprints accurately, a breakthrough that could one day help police date crime scene prints from years ago. “It’s not quite the Holy Grail of fingerprinting, but it’s a very important discovery,” ...

Anti-women violence put under spotlight

Jun 1, 2014

Anti-women violence put under spotlight

Nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria. A pregnant Pakistani woman stoned to death by her family for marrying the man she loved. Widespread rape in many war zones. And in California, a murderous rampage by a disturbed young man who had depicted college sorority ...

May 27, 2014

France's white-collar workers face stress, even suicide, at the office

France’s white-collar workers are facing an increasing number of “brutal” psychological risks in the workplace, critics say, citing workplace pressure and harassment. Despite its famously generous labor laws, France is also witnessing depression, long-term illnesses, professional burnout and even suicide among its service sector ...