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French Vegan Faces Terror Charge over Slain Butcher Comment

A French vegan activist was set to appear in court on Thursday for allegedly condoning terrorism after writing on social media that a butcher killed in an Islamist attack deserved his fate, a legal source told AFP.

The unusual case, being prosecuted under France's tough anti-terror security laws, was to be heard in the town of Saint-Gaudens in southwest France.

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Sex Doll 'Brothel' in Paris Faces Calls for Closure

Barely clothed or naked and perched suggestively on a bed or chair, the plastic dolls on offer in the most controversial "brothel" in Paris have led to accusations that they could encourage rape.

Since February, four silicone figures have been on offer at hourly rates of 89 euros (110 dollars) in a discreet apartment in the south of the city, far from the historic red-light district around the Pigalle area in the north. 

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Paris Metro Fines Pregnant Woman for Walking Wrong Way

A pregnant passenger on the Paris metro has been hit with a 60-euro fine for walking the wrong way, sparking outrage on social media. 

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Austrians Keep Right to Give Far-Right the Finger

A court has upheld the right of Austrians to give the leader of the country's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) the finger, officials confirmed on Thursday.

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S. Africa 'Prophet' Fined for Spraying Insecticide on Followers

A South African court has fined a self-styled prophet who sprayed his followers in the face with insecticide as a supposed cure for illness.

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Ten Years Jail Sought for Turkey Taxi Driver over 'Fraud' Ride

Turkish prosecutors on Wednesday requested a prison sentence of up to 10 years for an Istanbul taxi driver who needlessly took a passenger from one side of the Bosphorus to the other, causing the tourist to miss a flight.

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'666devil' UK Academic Jailed for 'Hurtcore' Online Abuse

A Cambridge University graduate who admitted 137 criminal offenses involving online abuse, including encouraging the rape of a four-year-old boy, was sentenced on Monday to 32 years in prison.

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Marines Drink Cobra Blood, Eat Scorpions in U.S.-Thai Drill

U.S. and Thai marines slurped snake blood and ate scorpions in a jungle survival program on Monday as part of the two nations' annual Cobra Gold war games.

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Tickled Pink: Japan Lovers Taste New Chocs on Valentine's Day

It is a marriage made in Heaven for cute-obsessed Japan: this Valentine's Day, lovers can present the object of their affection with a world first -- naturally bright pink chocolate.

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Decriminalize Pot, Says German Police Union

A German police union on Monday called for the "complete decriminalization" of marijuana use in the country, saying current policy was neither "intelligent nor productive" for society.

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