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Cruel behaviour has reward value for ‘everyday sadists’

Cruel behaviour has reward value for ‘everyday sadists’

Sep 14, – Researchers from the University of British Columbia conducted studies about the pleasure and excitement sadists get from causing pain or displeasure, and the findings reveal that what they term “everyday sadism” is more common than we might think. Psychological scientist Erin Buckels led the studies, which showed that people who were classed […]

September 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
US, Russia agree to deal on Syrian chemical weapons

US, Russia agree to deal on Syrian chemical weapons

Sep 14, – US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have announced a deal to dispose of Syria’s chemical weapons. The countries had largely taken opposing sides in Syria’s conflict. The joint announcement came just hours into a third day of talks in Geneva aimed at finding a diplomatic solution […]

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China vows air pollution cuts in major cities

China vows air pollution cuts in major cities

Sep 12, – China vowed on Thursday to reduce levels of atmospheric pollutants in Beijing and other major cities by as much as 25 per cent to try to improve their dire air quality. In a policy document the State Council, or cabinet, said “concentrations of fine particles” in the capital’s air will fall by […]

September 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
Burkini swimsuit is ‘compromise,’ says German court

Burkini swimsuit is ‘compromise,’ says German court

Sep 11, – A teenage Muslim girl adverse to swimming lessons with boys has lost her appeal before Germany’s top administrative court. Judges have ruled that the wearing of a full-length “burkini” swimsuit satisfies Muslim norms. A top German appeals court in Leipzig ruled on Wednesday that female Muslim pupils should take part in swimming […]

September 11, 2013 | By | Reply More
Car bombs in Sinai hit Egyptian military

Car bombs in Sinai hit Egyptian military

Sep 11, – Twin car bomb explosions in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula have killed at least six soldiers, according to officials. The military has been intensifying its campaign in the restive region as it combats Islamist militants. The bombs detonated near military units in and around the border town of Rafah on Wednesday, the military said […]

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Question of enforcement casts cloud on Syria plan

Question of enforcement casts cloud on Syria plan

Sep 11, BEIRUT — A Russian plan for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons to avert Western missile strikes has bogged down after Moscow rejected U.S. and French demands for a binding U.N. resolution with “very severe consequences” for non-compliance. The surprise Russian proposal, which Syria and the United States both accepted, would put […]

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Could low salt intake increase mortality risk?

Could low salt intake increase mortality risk?

We have long heard that too much salt can be bad for our health. But now, researchers have found that low levels of chloride, a component found in salt, could actually increase the risk of mortality and heart disease in those suffering from hypertension. Researchers from the University of Glasgow in Scotland analyzed data of […]

September 10, 2013 | By | Reply More
Family of dead Pakistani student pardons killers

Family of dead Pakistani student pardons killers

Sep 10, KARACHI, Pakistan — The family of a Pakistani student whose death sparked outrage against the abuse of power by the wealthy has decided to pardon the men convicted in his killing, their lawyer said Monday. The family filed an affidavit with the court several days ago pardoning the men accused of killing their […]

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Syria conflict: US issues warning on chemicals plan

Syria conflict: US issues warning on chemicals plan

Sep 10, The US has warned that a Russian plan on Syrian chemical weapons must not be an excuse for “delays and avoidance”. US Secretary of State John Kerry said the plan must be “swift and verifiable” and warned its implementation would be “exceedingly difficult”. Syria earlier said it accepted the Russian plan to put […]

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