Controversial Turkish minister turns ire on pole-dancing women

Controversial Turkish minister turns ire on pole-dancing women
A senior Turkish minister who caused an outcry by suggesting women should not laugh loudly in public sparked a new controversy on Wednesday by attacking those who he said could not resist pole dancing.


EU short of women for next executive

EU short of women for next executive
With only 24 hours to go, Jean-Claude Juncker, president-designate of the next European Commission, is still very short of female candidates for his 28-member team.


Milky Weigh: scientists take weight of the galaxy

Milky Weigh: scientists take weight of the galaxy
The Milky Way galaxy is lighter than previously thought, according to new research published by British-based scientists on Wednesday.


Libya Islamists seize key Benghazi army base

Libya Islamists seize key Benghazi army base
Islamist groups seized the headquarters of the army's special forces in Libya's second city Benghazi after days of fighting, plunging the country further into lawlessness and uncertainty.


Family ‘disconnect’; drives young Singaporeans to suicide, says charity

Family ‘disconnect’; drives young Singaporeans to suicide, says charity
Singapore's youth suicide rate showed little sign of dropping in 2013 as a charity group Wednesday blamed a widening 'disconnect' with family members in the prosperous, hi-tech city state. The number of people below the age of 30 who took their own lives held steady at 100, from 101 in 2012, the Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) said in a...


US GDP growth rebounds to 4.0% in 2nd quarter

US GDP growth rebounds to 4.0% in 2nd quarter
The US economy rebounded vigorously in the second quarter, growing at a peppy 4.0 percent pace that erased the impact of the sharp winter contraction, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday.


US looks for Asian cooperation on sanctions against Russia

US looks for Asian cooperation on sanctions against Russia
The United States is lobbying Asian governments to join in sanctions imposed by Washington and the European Union against Russia over its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, a senior State Department official said on Wednesday. The European Union and United States announced further financial measures against Russia on Tuesday,...


Qatar World Cup workers 'on 45p ($0.76) an hour'

Qatar World Cup workers 'on 45p ($0.76) an hour'
Workers constructing a stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are being paid as little as 45p ($0.76, 0.57 euros) an hour, British newspaper The Guardian reported on Wednesday.