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Global Quickies: The BBC Doesn’t Want Cranks, India Doesn’t Want Vishnu Cricketers

NIGERIA
The Nigerian man committed to a hospital psychiatric ward because he did not believe in god has been was released because of a doctors’ strike which has seen many patients discharged.

UK
The BBC Trust published a progress report about the corporation’s science coverage, which was criticized in 2012 for giving too much air-time to critics who oppose non-contentious issues. BBC journalists are being sent on courses to stop them inviting so many cranks onto programs to air ‘marginal views’.

INDIA
A senior minister in the popular beach destination of Goa is against women wearing bikinis in beaches “for their own safety”. Other dislikes: young girls going to pubs in short dresses and young people going drinking.

MEXICO
The Mexican scientific community has been torn apart by a legal battle over transgenic maize.

NETHERLANDS
According to the health minister, the homeopathic doctor accused of unethical behavior for distributing a controversial treatment for Aids in Africa can keep knighthood unless he’s sentenced to at least a year in jail.

INDIA
Indian police have issued an arrest warrant for a cricket star for a picture that portrayed him as the Hindu god Vishnu.

NIGERIA
A global appeal to help fund 5,000 ‘safe schools’ across Nigeria was launched to help reopen the schools closed for fear of more terrorist attacks.

THE VATICAN
A group of priests who claim to save people from demons were officially recognized under canon law, making exorcisms an official Catholic practice.

LEBANON
A café was attacked  with a grenade for being open during the day in Ramadan, Four people were wounded.

Featured image: Cricketer Mahendra Singh as Vishnu

Daniela

Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela has finally decided to abdicate her post as an armchair skeptic and start doing some skeptical activism. She is currently living in Spain after having lived in the US, Brazil and Italy. You can also find her blogging in Spanish at esceptica.org.

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