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Sweden can't avoid debate on immigration, analysts say

Dec 28, 2014

Sweden can't avoid debate on immigration, analysts say

Sweden may have narrowly avoided snap elections that would have been dominated by a debate on immigration, but with asylum seekers arriving in record numbers the issue is unlikely to stay off the agenda for long, analysts say. The Sweden Democrats, a far-right party ...

Dec 27, 2014

Irish court rules on brain-dead pregnant woman

A brain-dead pregnant woman was taken off life support Friday after a court ruled that her 18-week-old fetus was doomed to die — a case that exposed fear and confusion among doctors over how to apply Ireland’s strict ban on abortion in an age ...

Single mothers in Nepal blast planned citizenship bill

Dec 23, 2014

Single mothers in Nepal blast planned citizenship bill

Nepalese single mother Deepti Gurung has spent years trying and failing to register her two teenage daughters as citizens of their country. Although her children were both born in Nepal, the 40-year-old has struggled to secure their legal right to citizenship in the absence ...

Dec 22, 2014

France driver rampage stokes 'lone wolf' fears

A driver deliberately slammed his car into crowds around the city of Lyon, in southeastern France, on Sunday, raising concerns at a time when Islamic extremists are calling for attacks in France. Police arrested the out-of-control driver after he injured at least 11 people, ...

Dec 22, 2014

Third of Italians back anti-immigrant Northern League

More than one third of Italians — including many in the once-hostile south — are ready to vote for the anti-EU, anti-immigration Northern League, a poll showed Sunday. Matteo Salvini, the youthful leader of the right-wing regional party, confirmed his status as the rising ...

South Africa struggles to tackle obesity

Dec 19, 2014

South Africa struggles to tackle obesity

by Tiisetso Motsoeneng

At lunchtime outside South Africa’s biggest shopping mall, hungry workmen in hard hats pour out of a building site to buy cheap loaves of bread and jumbo bottles of fizzy drinks. They are joined by middle-class office workers, forming long queues at fast-food restaurants ...

Dec 19, 2014

Apple CEO donating to gay rights campaign in South

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company, is donating money to help fund a gay rights initiative in his native Alabama and two other Southern states, organizers said Thursday. The amount of Cook’s contribution to the ...

Shhh! Be careful what you say in Egypt today

Dec 18, 2014

Shhh! Be careful what you say in Egypt today

Six months after Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi became Egypt’s president after crushing his opponents, criticism of his regime is either whispered or left unspoken amid stifling curbs on freedom of expression. A deadly crackdown on Islamist supporters of Sissi’s predecessor, Mohammed Morsi, whom he ousted last ...