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Mormon women laid bare: Powerful nude photo series protests religious system that enforces strict modesty

Mormon women laid bare: Powerful nude photo series protests religious system that enforces strict modesty

With the goal of ‘normalizing nudity,’ a new photography project featuring naked Mormon women hopes to shed light on the religion’s strict codes of modesty. Salt Lake City photographer Katrina Barker Anderson, who is a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, launched Mormon Women Bare in July 2013 and has so far had more […]

The mother-of-two ‘killed by sunbeds’: Distraught parents’ warning after daughter who loved tanning dies aged 33 from skin cancer

The mother-of-two ‘killed by sunbeds’: Distraught parents’ warning after daughter who loved tanning dies aged 33 from skin cancer

A mother-of-two who used sunbeds at least once a week died from skin cancer within a year of finding a mole. Lianne Gosling, 33, was diagnosed with malignant melanoma last December after noticing a small mole in her eyebrow. Doctors removed it and she was expected to make a full recovery – but tests then […]

Nude self-portrait banned from art exhibition because artist’s nipples ‘were too erect’

Nude self-portrait banned from art exhibition because artist’s nipples ‘were too erect’

A celebrated artist’s nude self-portrait has been banned from an art competition because organisers deemed it to be too saucy. Maxime Xavier was told that her nipples were too big in the picture and that it was therefore too risque for public viewing. Maxime’s painting depicts her naked but for a sarong being held by […]

Forget crosswords – having an ORGASM is more effective at giving the brain a workout, claims leading scientist

Forget crosswords – having an ORGASM is more effective at giving the brain a workout, claims leading scientist

Orgasms could give our brains a better workout than doing a crossword puzzle or a Sudoku, a neuroscientist has claimed. The sensation increases brain activity across the whole organ whereas a puzzle activates only relatively localised regions, said Professor Barry Komisaruk. The academic, who published the first evidence of brain regions involved in orgasm in […]

The best travel photos in the world: National Geographic announces winners of its prestigious 2013 Traveler Photo Contest

The best travel photos in the world: National Geographic announces winners of its prestigious 2013 Traveler Photo Contest

National Geographic Traveler Magazine has announced the winners of its 2013 photo contest, featuring breathtaking images that celebrate the earth’s incredible diversity. This year, more than 15,500 professional and amateur photographers from around the globe entered their works in the prestigious competition. Photographer Wagner Araujo won the winner of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, now in […]

New cables ‘expose’ US govt lobbies worldwide for Monsanto, other GMO corps

New cables ‘expose’ US govt lobbies worldwide for Monsanto, other GMO corps

After US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks showed that the State Department was lobbying worldwide for Monsanto and other similar corporations, a new report based on the cables shows Washington’s shilling for the biotech industry in distinct detail. The August 2011 WikiLeaks revelations showed that American diplomats had requested funding to send lobbyists for the […]

12th US state joins political bid to establish gay marriage as norm

12th US state joins political bid to establish gay marriage as norm

Another US state has legalized same-sex marriage, joining 11 other American states that have done so in a growing political bid pushed by liberal groups in the nation following President Barack Obama’s public support for “the cause” as his reelection campaign strategy in 2012. Minnesota became the 12th American state to legalize the divisive bid […]

‘Basta!’: Topless activists attack Berlusconi at polling station

‘Basta!’: Topless activists attack Berlusconi at polling station

Three topless members of the feminist movement FEMEN tried to attack Silvio Berlusconi in a polling station in Milan, where the leader of the center-right coalition was casting his vote. The three women pulled off their clothes, remaining only in jeans, as soon as the former prime minister appeared at the polling station. They shouted […]

America’s most contaminated: Radioactive waste leaks into northwestern river

America’s most contaminated: Radioactive waste leaks into northwestern river

Radioactive waste is leaking from six underground tanks at America’s most-contaminated facility in Washington, the state’s government announced on Friday. Just how much toxic stew got into the Columbia River’s underground basin is unclear. The leak at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has so far not posed an immediate health risk to the public, Governor Jay […]

Iran ‘finds’ mass uranium deposits, picks 16 new nuclear sites

Iran ‘finds’ mass uranium deposits, picks 16 new nuclear sites

Iran has decided on 16 locations to build new nuclear power plants in a drive to boost the country’s electricity output over the next 15 years. Tehran also announced the discovery of substantial uranium deposits to fuel the country’s nuclear program. Experts from the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) chose the 16 sites across […]

Kurdish women in Syria create first female battalion

Kurdish women in Syria create first female battalion

For the first time in Syria, 150 Kurdish women have set up a female-only battalion in the northern province of Aleppo, which has seen some of the heaviest fighting since the start of the Syrian uprising in early 2011. The news comes from a statement by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Saturday. While […]

West Bank protesters rally for release of deteriorating prisoners

West Bank protesters rally for release of deteriorating prisoners

Thousands demonstrated in Palestine’s two largest cities in support of hunger strikers in Israeli jails. Protesters called on the EU to take action to demand better treatment of the weakening prisoners and back their release. ­More than 1,000 people rioted in the West Bank’s two largest cities on Monday to collectively demonstrate their support for […]

First major nude ocean swim held Down Under

First major nude ocean swim held Down Under

The world’s first nude ocean swim, the Sydney Skinny, has attracted around 1,000 daredevils from babies to adults with the organizers claiming the eventraised as much as $15,000 for charity. The Australian media reports the participants ranging from baby to adult lined up at 8am on Sunday to make the 900-meter swim in Sydney’s Middle […]

Alleged mastermind of Kirani Road blast arrested

Alleged mastermind of Kirani Road blast arrested

Security forces claimed to have arrested the mastermind of Saturday’s bomb blast at Quetta’s Kirani Road in a targeted operation conducted early on Tuesday in Killi Qambrani area in outskirts of Quetta. According to media reports, six other suspects were also arrested alongside the alleged mastermind, all of whom belonged to a banned organisation. The […]

Bahrain police disperse funeral procession with tear gas, stun grenades

Bahrain police disperse funeral procession with tear gas, stun grenades

Violent clashes broke out in Bahrain at the funeral of a teenager killed in protests marking the anniversary of the revolt of the Shiite majority against the ruling monarchy. The procession was blocked and dispersed with stun grenades and tear gas. ­Scuffles erupted after armed security forces blocked access to Hussein al-Jaziri’s funeral in the […]

Chavez photos uplift people in Venezuela

Chavez photos uplift people in Venezuela

People in Venezuela have rejoiced after the government released first post-surgical photos of President Hugo Chavez in the company of his daughters. The photos show the 58-year-old Chavez in a hospital in Cuba’s capital, Havana, smiling while reading the official Cuban newspaper Granma. The Venezuelan president traveled to Havana on December 10, 2012 for a […]

N Korea says ready for another N-test

N Korea says ready for another N-test

North Korea has informed China that it is ready to carry out at least one more nuclear test in 2013 as part of an effort to force Washington into diplomatic talks. “It’s all ready. A fourth and fifth nuclear test and a rocket launch could be conducted soon, possibly this year,” said an unnamed source […]

Meteorite hits Russian Urals: Fireball explosion wreaks havoc, over 500 injured

Meteorite hits Russian Urals: Fireball explosion wreaks havoc, over 500 injured

Russia’s Urals region has been rocked by a meteorite explosion in the stratosphere. The impact wave damaged several buildings, and blew out thousands of windows amid frigid winter weather. Hundreds are seeking medical attention for minor injuries. ­Follow RT’s LIVE UPDATES. Eyewitness accounts of the meteorite phenomenon, handpicked by RT. Army units found three meteorite […]

Not as cute as Candice Swanepoel? You’re not alone! Meet 22 people who look worse than you in swimwear

Not as cute as Candice Swanepoel? You’re not alone! Meet 22 people who look worse than you in swimwear

CANDICE Swanepoel is simply infuriating. While the rest of us cough and stumble our way through winter, the world’s fittest woman is looking bright-eyed and breathtaking in the Caribbean. Almost too hot to function, she was snapped cavorting for the cameras in tiny swimwear this week. And that sunkissed skin, pert rear and stunning face […]

San Francisco court upholds public nudity ban

San Francisco court upholds public nudity ban

Express yourself all you want in San Francisco, but be fully dressed: a US court has ruled to uphold the ban on displays of public nudity in the city. ­“In spite of what plaintiffs argue, nudity in and of itself is not inherently expressive,”  US District Court Judge Edward Chen said, commenting on his refusal […]

Israel boycotts UN forum, first state in history to ignore human rights review

Israel boycotts UN forum, first state in history to ignore human rights review

Israel has boycotted the UN human rights forum over fears of scrutiny of its treatment of residents of the occupied territories. Israel is now the first state in history to win a deferment of the periodical review of its human rights record. Tel Aviv has refused to send a delegation on Tuesday to the United […]