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Global Quickies: Charlie Hebdo, Fighting Violence With Science, and Bans on Driving and Petting Puppies

ARAB WORLD (from Mary)
Arab newspapers around the world react to Charlie Hebdo attack.

INDIA
“Indian police are investigating a local Muslim politician for inciting hatred after he was quoted apparently praising the massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine.”

RUSSIA
“While Russia’s Council of Muftis, the country’s main Muslim leadership organization, said in a statement Wednesday that terrorism is indefensible, it also suggested that attacks may be unavoidable unless satirists stop “provoking” the faithful.”

SAUDI ARABIA
Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam, received the first round of 50 in a public flogging after Friday prayers.

Australia
Pressure is mounting against a planned speaking tour by American anti-vaccination campaigner Sherri Tenpenny, with at least one venue now cancelling a seminar.”

INDIA
“Bangalore-based Achira Labs has figured out a way to hand weave diabetes test strips from silk.”

MALAYSIA
State-backed religious authorities are embarking on a spree of fatwas, now they include yoga, petting puppies, Valentine’s Day, and Botox.

CONGO
“In the world’s rape capital, doctors fight violence with science”.

IRELAND
“A Dublin priest received a standing ovation from his congregation this week as he called for same sex marriage equality in Ireland and came out to his parishioners.”

Featured image: “This is how we get revenge on the cartoonists’ killer”

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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