Obama thrusts gun control debate into forefront of 2016 race

David Foley holds a handgun while shopping at the Spring Guns and Ammo store Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, in Spring, Texas. President Barack Obama is making good on his pledge to politicize gun violence. The package of gun-control executive actions Obama will formally announce Tuesday has pushed the contentious issue to the forefront of the 2016 presidential campaign, just weeks from the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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TPP trade deal: New Zealand publishes text online

Trade ministers from the 12 TPP member countries in Atlanta, Georgia, where they reached agreement on the deal last month after secret negotiations. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Release offers first detailed look at 12-state Trans-Pacific Partnership, world’s largest free trade agreement

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Malaysia revives indefinite jail raising fears of repression

In this Feb 10, 2015 photo, Malaysian police stands guard during a protest for the Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim outside the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Malaysian government says a new law “Prevention of Terrorism Act,” which also allows detention without trial, is aimed at curbing Islamic militancy amid fears that the Islamic State group in the Middle East could be spreading its tentacles to Asian countries with Muslim populations like Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, India and Pakistan to find recruits. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

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Saudi Sheikh Warns That Women Should Not Drive

A sheikh has warned Saudi women - who are currently not allowed to drive in the country - that getting behind the wheel could damage their ovaries

A sheikh has warned Saudi women – who are currently not allowed to drive in the country –
that getting behind the wheel could damage their ovaries and pelvis.

A Saudi sheikh has warned women that driving could affect their ovaries and pelvises.

Women are currently banned from driving in Saudi Arabia and many have protested against the statute.

However, Sheikh Salah al-Luhaydan has warned them that their health could be at risk if they get behind the wheel.

He told Saudi news website sabq.org: ‘[Driving] could have a reverse physiological impact.

‘Physiological science and functional medicine studied this side [and found] that it automatically affects ovaries and rolls up the pelvis.

‘This is why we find for women who continuously drive cars their children are born with clinical disorders of varying degrees.’

The comments come two years after a ‘scientific’ report claimed that relaxing the ban would also see more Saudis – both men and women – turn to homosexuality and pornography.

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