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10/17/2018 - 22:06

Canada becomes first major economy to legalize recreational cannabis

Canada on Wednesday became the world's first major economy to fully legalize cannabis, sparking celebrations on the streets as the country embarked on the controversial drug policy experiment.

Canada on Wednesday became the world's first major economy to fully legalize cannabis, sparking celebrations on the streets as the country embarked on the controversial drug policy experiment.

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10/17/2018 - 22:06

Canada becomes first major economy to legalize recreational cannabis

Canada on Wednesday became the world's first major economy to fully legalize cannabis, sparking celebrations on the streets as the country embarked on the controversial drug policy experiment.

Canada on Wednesday became the world's first major economy to fully legalize cannabis, sparking celebrations on the streets as the country embarked on the controversial drug policy experiment.


10/17/2018 - 21:39

May presses EU on Brexit but offers no new plans

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that "now is the time" to make a Brexit deal happen, but officials said she failed to offer new proposals to break the impasse at a crucial Brussels summit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday that "now is the time" to make a Brexit deal happen, but officials said she failed to offer new proposals to break the impasse at a crucial Brussels summit.


10/17/2018 - 21:36

18 dead in Crimea college rampage

Eighteen people died and dozens more were wounded, mostly teenagers, Wednesday when a student opened fire at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea.

Eighteen people died and dozens more were wounded, mostly teenagers, Wednesday when a student opened fire at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea.


10/17/2018 - 19:32

Time for women to sexualise men says TV star Rae

Rising US star Issa Rae held her hand up Wednesday to sexualising men in her hit television series "Insecure", saying it was time for the "female gaze" to have its day.

Rising US star Issa Rae held her hand up Wednesday to sexualising men in her hit television series "Insecure", saying it was time for the "female gaze" to have its day.


10/17/2018 - 19:19

Trump denies covering for Saudis on journalist, truth out in days

President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied covering up for ally Saudi Arabia in the suspected murder of a critical journalist and said that he should know what happened to Jamal Khashoggi within days.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday denied covering up for ally Saudi Arabia in the suspected murder of a critical journalist and said that he should know what happened to Jamal Khashoggi within days.

10/17/2018 - 22:06

Canada becomes first major economy to legalize recreational cannabis

Canada on Wednesday became the world's first major economy to fully legalize cannabis, sparking celebrations on the streets as the country embarked on the controversial drug policy experiment.

Canada on Wednesday became the world's first major economy to fully legalize cannabis, sparking celebrations on the streets as the country embarked on the controversial drug policy experiment.


10/17/2018 - 21:54

Brazil far-right candidate backs Church anti-abortion stance

The favored candidate to be Brazil's next president, far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro, on Wednesday signed a commitment to keep abortion illegal if he wins power, backing a stance by the influential Catholic Church.

The favored candidate to be Brazil's next president, far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro, on Wednesday signed a commitment to keep abortion illegal if he wins power, backing a stance by the influential Catholic Church.


10/17/2018 - 20:56

Try your luck -- Mega Millions jackpot hits $900 million in US

Your chances of winning are slim to none, but it might be worth investing a few dollars in the Mega Millions contest in the United States before Friday's drawing.

Your chances of winning are slim to none, but it might be worth investing a few dollars in the Mega Millions contest in the United States before Friday's drawing.


10/17/2018 - 19:22

Rare polio-like illness has US health authorities on alert

A rare disease that peaked this autumn and paralyzes its victims - mainly children - in ways similar to polio has put health authorities on alert across the United States.

A rare disease that peaked this autumn and paralyzes its victims - mainly children - in ways similar to polio has put health authorities on alert across the United States.


10/17/2018 - 18:34

Lifespan 2040 ranking: US down, China up, Spain on top

Life expectancy in 2040 is set to rise at least a little in all nations but the rankings will change dramatically, with Spain taking the top spot while China and the United States trade places, researchers said Wednesday.

Life expectancy in 2040 is set to rise at least a little in all nations but the rankings will change dramatically, with Spain taking the top spot while China and the United States trade places, researchers said Wednesday.


10/17/2018 - 18:20

US tops WEF competitiveness ranking but obesity weighs on score

The United States has the world's most competitive economy, a World Economic Forum ranking showed Wednesday, but inequality and health problems including obesity took a toll on its score.

The United States has the world's most competitive economy, a World Economic Forum ranking showed Wednesday, but inequality and health problems including obesity took a toll on its score.


10/17/2018 - 17:12

Clashes as Hindu hardliners block women from Indian temple

Clashes erupted on Wednesday as Hindu hardliners prevented women visiting one of India's most sacred temples, with baton-waving police charging stone-throwing protesters.

Clashes erupted on Wednesday as Hindu hardliners prevented women visiting one of India's most sacred temples, with baton-waving police charging stone-throwing protesters.


10/17/2018 - 16:58

Twitter releases 10 million tweets from foreign influence efforts

Twitter on Wednesday released data on foreign influence campaigns on its platform showing some 10 million tweets, mostly from Russia, dating back as far as 2009.

Twitter on Wednesday released data on foreign influence campaigns on its platform showing some 10 million tweets, mostly from Russia, dating back as far as 2009.


10/17/2018 - 15:44

Indian minister in #MeToo storm quits

India's fledgling #MeToo movement claimed its highest-profile scalp to date on Wednesday as a government minister and veteran editor quit after at least 20 women accused him of sexual harassment.

India's fledgling #MeToo movement claimed its highest-profile scalp to date on Wednesday as a government minister and veteran editor quit after at least 20 women accused him of sexual harassment.


10/17/2018 - 15:02

Nothing to see here: Sri Lanka to revoke rogue bikini ban

Sri Lanka on Wednesday promised to revoke a rogue bikini ban raising eyebrows at a popular seaside resort, as the authorities urged tourists to wear what they want at the beach.

Sri Lanka on Wednesday promised to revoke a rogue bikini ban raising eyebrows at a popular seaside resort, as the authorities urged tourists to wear what they want at the beach.


10/17/2018 - 14:48

Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use

Nearly a century of marijuana prohibition came to an end Wednesday as Canada became the first major Western nation to legalize and regulate its sale and recreational use.

Nearly a century of marijuana prohibition came to an end Wednesday as Canada became the first major Western nation to legalize and regulate its sale and recreational use.


10/17/2018 - 12:23

China backtracks on horse racing, gambling for island province

China has backtracked on plans to promote horse racing and potentially introduce gambling on the southern island of Hainan amid a campaign to develop the destination as a tropical tourism draw.

China has backtracked on plans to promote horse racing and potentially introduce gambling on the southern island of Hainan amid a campaign to develop the destination as a tropical tourism draw.


10/17/2018 - 12:18

Film lifts lid on Austria's secretive Glock pistol empire

From Hollywood to hip hop, it's the weapon that is wielded by cops and outlaws alike. The Glock pistol has achieved global cult status but the business is still shrouded in mystery in its native Austria.

From Hollywood to hip hop, it's the weapon that is wielded by cops and outlaws alike. The Glock pistol has achieved global cult status but the business is still shrouded in mystery in its native Austria.


10/17/2018 - 12:15

Blue wine? A tea-infused vintage? Spain startup shakes things up

Five years ago, a group of university students in Spain's Basque Country decided they wanted to shake up a sector -- any sector -- but preferably one to do with food or drink.

Five years ago, a group of university students in Spain's Basque Country decided they wanted to shake up a sector -- any sector -- but preferably one to do with food or drink.


10/17/2018 - 10:31

India reports 80 Zika cases, 22 pregnant women

India has reported an outbreak of the Zika virus with 80 confirmed cases since last month including 22 pregnant women in the western state of Rajasthan, officials said Wednesday.

India has reported an outbreak of the Zika virus with 80 confirmed cases since last month including 22 pregnant women in the western state of Rajasthan, officials said Wednesday.


10/17/2018 - 09:46

Smell and stress sensors a smash at Tokyo tech fair

State-of-the-art sensors that can measure stress levels, mood, posture, performance and even smell took centre stage at Asia's top high-tech fair in Tokyo.

State-of-the-art sensors that can measure stress levels, mood, posture, performance and even smell took centre stage at Asia's top high-tech fair in Tokyo.


10/17/2018 - 07:26

Mattis tours contaminated Vietnam War-era Agent Orange site

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis toured a former Agent Orange storage site in southern Vietnam on Wednesday, revisiting one of the war's darkest chapters that lives on among a million Vietnamese with severe birth defects, cancers and disabilities linked to the toxic defoliant.

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis toured a former Agent Orange storage site in southern Vietnam on Wednesday, revisiting one of the war's darkest chapters that lives on among a million Vietnamese with severe birth defects, cancers and disabilities linked to the toxic defoliant.


10/17/2018 - 05:45

China woos Bhutan, to India's displeasure

A peep into a Thimphu toy shop shows stacks of Pokemons, all made in China, a testimony to the quiet overtures Beijing is making in Bhutan at rival India's expense.

A peep into a Thimphu toy shop shows stacks of Pokemons, all made in China, a testimony to the quiet overtures Beijing is making in Bhutan at rival India's expense.


10/17/2018 - 04:41

Washington overturns voters' bid to increase tipped workers' wage

Washington on Tuesday repealed a measure meant to increase the hourly minimum wage of tipped restaurant workers, a plan which residents of the American capital approved in a June ballot.

Washington on Tuesday repealed a measure meant to increase the hourly minimum wage of tipped restaurant workers, a plan which residents of the American capital approved in a June ballot.


10/17/2018 - 01:45

Self-lubricating latex could boost condom use: study

A perpetually unctuous, self-lubricating latex developed by a team of scientists in Boston could boost the use of condoms, they reported Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science.

A perpetually unctuous, self-lubricating latex developed by a team of scientists in Boston could boost the use of condoms, they reported Wednesday in the journal Royal Society Open Science.