Retired postman builds museum to late wife

July 17, 2017 0 comments

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A retired postman in Mississippi has built his own museum to commemorate his late wife. Charles Evans lives in Starkville in the northeast of the ‘Magnolia State’ –  a small city of 24,000 and the historic seat of Mississippi State University. He lost his wife Louise in 2011 after a remarkable 60 years together. They…

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Polygamy crackdown in Uzbekistan

July 17, 2017 1 comment

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The government of Uzbekistan has announced plans to crack down on the practice of polygamy in the former Soviet republic. Lawmakers in the Central Asian nation have drafted a bill which would punish mullahs and imams who perform religious wedding ceremonies for people who are already married to someone else. Although polygamy is illegal in…

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Ban on corporal punishment ‘will criminalise parents’

July 17, 2017 2 comments

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A proposed ban on corporal punishment in Wales would criminalise “ordinary parents” campaigners claim. The Welsh government is currently reviewing plans to eliminate the “reasonable chastisement” defence for parents. At the moment, adults are allowed to physically discipline their children if their action can be seen as reasonable. If this defence is taken away, parents…

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Divorce ‘ages the brain’

July 17, 2017 1 comment

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Going through a divorce can age the brain by as much as four years and increase the risk of dementia. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin have suggested that the end of a marriage, the loss of a parent or being fired from a job can have a long-term impact on a person’s health. The…

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Malta says ‘I do’ to gay marriage

July 17, 2017 0 comments

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The Mediterranean island of Malta has legalised gay marriage Lawmakers have replaced terms translating as ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ with the phrase ‘you are now spouses’ in the official marriage ceremony. The move reflects a promise made by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, following re-election with an overall majority last month. The new law attracted across-the-board support,…

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