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Global Quickies: Tampon Tax, Anti-GMO Bomb Attacks, and a Guardian Angel for Easy Parking

GERMANY
“German police have arrested five members of a South Korean family suspected of beating to death a 41-year-old woman in a religious exorcism ritual in a hotel room.”

EUROPEAN UNION
A British geneticist and entrepreneur was uninvited as a speaker at a science and entrepreneurship conference organized by the European Commission because they were not “enthusiastic” about her traveling while being pregnant.

MEXICO
“In the fourth anti-GMO terrorist event in Latin America this year, the Mexico-based organization Alianza Pro Transgenicos (Alliance for Transgenics) was the victim of two recent bombing attempts.”

MYANMAR (From Mary)
“Ahead of crucial election, musicians rail against government-sanctioned repression of persecuted Rohingya minority.”

SPAIN
The minister of the interior said on an interview that he has a guardian angel named Marcelo who helps him find parking spots.

FRANCE
“Promouvoir, an organisation known for its Catholic traditionalist leanings, has successfully lobbied to suspend the theatrical license of “Blue is the Warmest Colour” in France over what it described as the film’s overly “realistic” sex scenes.”

FRANCE
“French MPs have voted to cut the VAT on sanitary products from 20% to 5.5% despite previously blocking the move.”

MEXICO
Mexico has approved the use of the world’s first vaccine against dengue fever. Some 40,000 people will receive the treatment in Mexico in an initial phase.

SPAIN
“Spanish police have arrested an alleged Islamist militant wanted by the FBI for conspiracy in a foiled plot to murder a Swedish cartoonist whose depiction of the prophet Muhammad caused outrage in the Muslim world, an official said.”

COLOMBIA
“Scores of women rebel fighters were forced to undergo abortions under a policy of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) in their five-decade war against the government, according to Colombia’s top prosecutor.”

Featured image: by Kaldari via Creative Commons

Daniela

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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