News of the weird
Thursday 26 February 1998
Vice grip: Despite the closure of 7,397 brothels and the arrest of 6,297 brothel-owners and pimps since 1994, Vietnam reports that prostitution is continuing to flourish. A main area for the trade in Hanoi is in streets close to the public security ministry.
Clean air act: Starting next month, El Al flights will show only cartoons and nature films in the rear section of its jumbo jets, following complains from Orthodox Jews about explicit sex in in-flight films. The airline says the offer is aimed at any "passengers who wish to travel in a family atmosphere as they understand it."
Life & Style blogs
Resurgence of TB poses grave threat worldwide
UK branded an 'Enemy of the Internet' for the first time by Reporters Without Borders
25 years of the World Wide Web: Tim Berners-Lee explains how it all began
GIF inventor Steve Wilhite says it should be pronounced 'jif'
'Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane found in Bermuda Triangle!' Viral Facebook links are profiting hackers
Ukip and Nigel Farage on course for remarkable victory in European elections
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
Tony Benn was entirely ineffectual - and usually wrong
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
- 1 Is your name now 'banned' in Saudi Arabia?
- 2 Gender-specific books demean all our children. So the Independent on Sunday will no longer review anything marketed to exclude either sex
- 3 Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Did jetliner fly into area controlled by Taliban? Net widens after claims final satellite signal could have been sent from the ground
- 4 Nasa-funded study warns of ‘collapse of civilisation’ in coming decades
- 5 'Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 plane found in Bermuda Triangle!' Viral Facebook links are profiting hackers
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