Russia sues McDonald's over 'too many calories'

Jul 26, 2014

Russia sues McDonald's over 'too many calories'

Nearly a quarter-century after McDonald’s startled and delighted Soviets with their first taste of American fast-food culture, the company’s now facing a suit that could ban it from selling some of its signature products. The Russian consumer protection agency said Friday it is taking ...

U.K. orders fresh probe into Litvinenko death

Jul 23, 2014

U.K. orders fresh probe into Litvinenko death

Britain on Tuesday announced an inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian former spy who accused the Kremlin from his London deathbed of poisoning him with radioactive tea. The move comes as London pushes for greater sanctions against Moscow over the downing ...

Jul 11, 2014

Australia judge probed for saying incest 'may be accepted'

An Australian judge will be investigated for his “appalling” comments on incest, in which he reportedly said sex between siblings was gaining social acceptance just like homosexuality, authorities said Friday. New South Wales state Attorney General Brad Hazzard said he was “extremely concerned” about ...

Britain faces child voodoo victim alert: U.N.

Jun 20, 2014

Britain faces child voodoo victim alert: U.N.

Hundreds of children are believed to have been kidnapped in Africa and brought to Britain for brutal voodoo rituals, a U.N. watchdog said, urging the British government to do more to combat the scourge. “We’re concerned about reports that hundreds of children have been ...

India in 'dereliction of duty' over rapes: U.N. watchdog

Jun 20, 2014

India in 'dereliction of duty' over rapes: U.N. watchdog

Indian law enforcement and justice authorities have shirked their responsibility to fight sex attacks, a U.N. child rights watchdog said on Thursday amid uproar over the horrific gang rape and lynching of two girls. “There has been a dereliction of duty in relation to ...

All right on the night? World Cup stadium a worry

Jun 12, 2014

All right on the night? World Cup stadium a worry

The biggest question for Thursday’s opening match of the World Cup isn’t whether host Brazil can beat Croatia but how the unfinished Itaquerao stadium will hold up in its first ever encounter with a full-capacity crowd. Will everything work? More importantly, will the 61,600 ...

India ruling party minister says rape 'sometimes right'

Jun 6, 2014

India ruling party minister says rape 'sometimes right'

A minister from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party said Thursday that rape can be condoned in some circumstances, in comments that were sure to fuel national anger over sex attacks against women. Babulal Gaur, who as home minister of central Madhya Pradesh state ...

U.S. rejects Snowden's claim that he routinely reported NSA wrongdoing

May 30, 2014

U.S. rejects Snowden's claim that he routinely reported NSA wrongdoing

Edward Snowden says he repeatedly raised constitutional concerns about U.S. National Security Agency surveillance internally, but an NSA search turned up a single email in which Snowden asks for “clarification” on a technical legal question about training materials, agency officials said Thursday. Snowden, a ...

Cambodian sex slavery activist quits U.S. foundation

May 30, 2014

Cambodian sex slavery activist quits U.S. foundation

A Cambodian woman internationally recognized for her work against sexual slavery has resigned from the foundation she helped create following reports that she distorted parts of her own history. Somaly Mam’s memoir, “The Road of Lost Innocence,” said she was abused and sold into ...