Wednesday 17 January 2018

Divisions in Cyprus

Conservative leader Nicos Anastasiades easily won the first round in Cyprus's presidential elections but failed to avoid a run-off vote, reflecting deep divisions among Cypriots on a bailout deal to save the island nation from bankruptcy.

A financial crash in Cyprus could reignite the eurozone debt crisis and investors are keen to see Mr Anastasiades, the strongest advocate of an international rescue, clinch victory and secure a bailout.

Meteorite clean-up

Thousands of Russian emergency workers went out on Saturday to clear up the damage from a meteorite that exploded over the Ural Mountains, damaging buildings, shattering windows and showering people with broken glass.

Divers searched a lake near the city of Chelyabinsk, where a hole several feet wide had opened in the ice, but have so far failed to find any large fragments, officials said.

IVF safe, says study

Women getting fertility treatments can be reassured that in vitro fertilisation (IVF) does not increase their risk of breast and gynaecological cancers, according to a new study of Israeli women.

"The findings were fairly reassuring. Nothing was significantly elevated," said lead author Louise Brinton, chief of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland, America.

Fidgeting helps men

Fidgeting in job interviews improves the performance of male candidates, but has the opposite effect on women, according to new research.

A study of more than 70 adults by scientists at Roehampton University in London found that nervous behaviour such as lip-biting seemed to helped men relax. The report said that men fidget twice as much as women while being interviewed, but make fewer mistakes.

Sex crime protection

People accused of sex crimes should have their identities protected until they are convicted, a senior lawyer in Britain has said. Under current legislation, people who complain they have been the victims of sexual offences automatically receive anonymity, but suspects don't.

Maura McGowan, chairwoman of the Bar Council, believes the law should be changed because allegations of a sexual nature "carry such a stigma", saying: "Until they they have been proven to have done something as awful as this, I think there is a strong argument in cases of this sort."

Irish Independent

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