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Danish companies queue to grow cannabis

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Danish companies are hoping to legally cultivate cannabis Companies have begun applying to Denmark’s medicines regulator to grow cannabis plants ahead of the drug becoming legalised for medicinal purposes next year, it’s reported. Some 13 companies have already submitted applications for growing cannabis plants to the Laegemiddelstyrelsen, so that they can help treat Danes suffering from painful illnesses such as cancer and multiple sclerosis. From January

Hawaiian city to fine 'phone zombies'

Image copyrightAFPImage caption This activity is now illegal in Honolulu Honolulu has become the first major American city to outlaw “phone zombies” crossing the road while distracted by a mobile device, it’s reported. Authorities in the Hawaiian city have enacted a distracted walking law, meaning that even glancing at your phone screen on a crossing could cost you between $15-$35 (£11-£27). Repeat offenders can be fined up to $99 (£76),

Kyrgyz citizens laugh off film's 'Kyrgyz' alien bad guys

Image copyrightBlast IncImage caption One of the invading Kyrgyz, guaranteed to give dentists nightmares Citizens of a Central Asian republic have discovered that they share a name with alien invaders in an upcoming Japanese science fiction film, and are taking the news remarkably well. The Japanese film Brave Storm, set to be released in November, is not likely to break new ground in the “giant robots battling each other while

‘Don’t brand me’

Image copyrightWaterAid/ Ronny SenImage caption For more than 2,000 years, the Baiga tribeswomen have been getting tattoos In India, and across the world, getting a tattoo is nowadays seen as a sign of independence and rebellion. Many young people get inked to showcase their identity, what makes them distinctive and who they are. But for me, a decision to not get a tattoo was my version of rebellion, an assertion

Kursk sub disaster: Russia fined over free speech violation

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The Kursk disaster in 2000 was an international embarrassment for the Russian military The European Court of Human Rights says Russia must compensate journalists who were sued for articles about the Kursk nuclear submarine disaster in 2000. The case was won by Novaya Gazeta, an investigative newspaper often critical of the Kremlin. Russia must now pay it 3,388 euros (£3,007; $3,984), and 2,170 euros to its

Zimbabwe reporter held over 'Grace Mugabe underwear' story

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Grace Mugabe is the second wife of President Robert Mugabe A Zimbabwean journalist has been detained over a story alleging that used underwear had been distributed to ruling Zanu-PF supporters on First Lady Grace Mugabe’s behalf, his lawyers say. NewsDay reporter Kenneth Nyangani was likely to face “criminal defamation” charges, the lawyers added. Zanu-PF MP Esau Mupfumi distributed the underwear, and said Mrs Mugabe had donated it,

Divided loyalties

Image copyrightAFPImage caption The protesters say the violent reaction of the Spanish authorities to their independence demands has strengthened their cause She cried when she saw the news, he could hardly believe what he was watching. Here in 21st Century Spain, police were beating people for trying to hold a vote. Never mind that Ana didn’t turn out herself for a ballot she believes was illegal in her beloved Spain.

Patience Jonathan: Nigeria ex-first lady decries 'witch-hunt'

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Mrs Jonathan says she is being persecuted because of her unflinching support for her husband in the 2015 presidential campaign Nigeria’s ex-First Lady Patience Jonathan has accused the government ‘s anti-corruption agency of conducting an “unjustified witch-hunt” against her. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was following a “sinister script to embarrass and browbeat” her, she said in a statement. Last year, the EFCC froze $15m

'I felt like I had to'

Image copyrightGetty Images People who laid their bodies on top of others to shield them from gunfire. Others who ran back into the path of bullets to help strangers get out. Concert-goers who carried the wounded on railings and tables as makeshift gurneys and who started up their own private pickup trucks to bring people to hospitals. Sunday night’s Las Vegas attack was the worst shooting in modern US history,

Strange encounter

Image copyrightNedda AfsariImage caption St Vincent: “The tone of the record is quite manic and painful” “Are you ready for this?” St Vincent’s press officer is making small talk ahead of our interview, on a scorching hot summer’s day in London. “Sure,” I reply. I’ve listened to her new album. I’ve made copious notes. I’ve jotted down about two dozen questions. “No, but are you ready for this?” he asks.