UN committee condemns ‘serious human rights violations’ in Iran

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A key United Nations committee has approved a draft resolution expressing “deep concern at serious human rights violations in Iran,” including torture, persecution of ethnic minorities and violence against women. The General Assembly’s Third Committee, which handles humanitarian issues, passed the resolution 80-44 Thursday in New York, with 57 abstaining from the vote, according to minutes from the meeting released by the United Nations. Read more at CNN.

The 25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century

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Following is the list issued by Time magazine as 25 most powerful women of the past century

Facebook peeks spark asthma attacks in dumped boy

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Beware unhappy asthmatics: Italian doctors warn that Facebook could trigger an attack in some susceptible users. Gennaro D’Amato and colleagues treated an 18-year-old man whose asthma attacks were apparently sparked by logging into Facebook and seeing how many men his ex-girlfriend had friended. The man had been taking two inhaled steroid drugs several times a day to control his asthma. But when his girlfriend dumped him — and worse, unfriended him on Facebook — his condition deteriorated. Read more at Fox News.

Vatican to issue guidelines on sex abuse

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The Vatican has said it will issue guidelines on how to combat sexual abuse, which will be circulated to bishops around the world. Work was being done for “guidelines to offer for a coordinated and efficient programme” against abuse, the Vatican said. Pope Benedict has been taking part in a rare, closed-door meeting of about 150 cardinals from around the world. Read more at BBC.

Mother, shall I put you to sleep?

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Maariyamma is likely to be killed by her children because they cannot afford her. They will give her a loving oil bath. Several glasses of coconut water. A mouthful of mud. Perhaps a poison injection. She is just one of many old parents in Tamil Nadu dying in this way. But no one blinks at these ritual murders. Read more at tehelka.com.

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