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A public hearing on New York City's proposed ban on big sugary drinks is a week away, and soft-drink makers and sellers have deployed a PR and advertising assault to rally opposition. They have much at stake. There's the potential revenue drop if the 16-ounce cap on bottled drinks and...
Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that Germany could become a laughing stock if it fails to overturn a district court ban on circumcision that has enraged Jews and Muslims.   Merkel's government has already criticized the Cologne court ruling and promised a new law to protect the right to circumcise...
The Supreme Court today expressed concern over alleged illegal clinical trial of drugs in the country, saying its “unfortunate” that humans were being treated as “guinea pigs”. A bench headed by Justice R M Lodha pulled up the Centre and the Madhya Pradesh government for not filing their response on...
The federal government will appeal last month's ruling by the British Columbia Supreme Court that partially struck down Canada's ban on assisted suicide, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson says. The ruling declared that the Criminal Code section targeting anyone who "aids or abets a person to commit suicide" should not apply...
Russia’s lower house of parliament gave final approval on Friday to a controversial bill that brands as “foreign agents” non-governmental organisations who receive funding from abroad. The legislation, condemned by both the EU and the United States, was passed by the State Duma with 374 votes in favour, three against...
KUWAIT: It is summer and the roads are largely empty in many areas in Kuwait since many people are on vacation, so the tendency for some drivers is to speed up their cars as if they are flying an airplane. In fact, the traffic department reports that over 8,327...
ABU DHABI // Child-safety experts yesterday renewed warnings to parents not to leave their children in cars in the summer heat.The temperature inside a car on a hot day can rise sharply above the outside temperature within 10 minutes, said Dr Taisser Atrak, head of paediatrics at Mafraq Hospital...
A Chicago man who spent 32 years behind bars before DNA evidence helped overturn his conviction in the rape and killing of a 3-year-old girl was released from prison yesterday, just hours after prosecutors dropped the case against him. An Illinois appeals court in March had ordered a new trial...
Tourists arriving in Abu Dhabi will be issued an ethics guide featuring advice on dress code and accepted behaviour in public places within the emirate. In the 14-point guide released by Abu Dhabi Police General Headquarters on Wednesday, tourists are advised to avoid behaviour in public places that could be...
DUBAI// Mobile phone users in the UAE have been given 18 months to re-register their SIM cards, the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has announced.The registration process for subscribers to Etisalat and Du cell networks will begin on July 17. The scheme is part of the TRA's 'My Number, My Identity'...
EgyptAir is facing a legal case brought by several of its cabin crew that would allow them to sport beards at work. The national carrier, along with many other airlines, prohibits stewards from wearing facial hair, saying it prefers to have 'clean cut' staff in direct contact with passengers. On Monday,...
MANILA, Philippines–Justice Secretary Leila De Lima accepted the nomination for the Chief Justice post saying she is “up to the challenge.” “What the judiciary needs is an effective and trusted leader. That, to me, is the call of the times. And so, after a deeper reflection and further consultations with...
A gun toting nine-year-old took aim at shocked bystanders before stealing an electric car and embarking on a 30 km/h joyride that ended with him crashing at a roundabout in western Sweden. "It's loaded," the boy screamed as he pointed the weapon toward gobsmacked adults who watched as the 9-year-old...
A new French law that comes into force on Sunday July 1 demands all motorists in France, including tourists, to carry a breathalyser kit in their vehicle. Opponents of the ruling say it is more about lining pockets than saving lives. A road safety group was accused on Friday of...
A police search of a house on Huron St. led to the discovery of $1.5 million worth of drugs, possibly including bath salts, and 11 firearms. Bennett Vuong, 27, was already under arrest Sunday when officers executed a search warrant in his Yorkville apartment where they allegedly seized cash and...