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for the week ending 21 January 2018

EU Bombshell: Macron Admits France Would Vote To
Leave EU If Country Held Referendum


(Express [UK]) — Emmanuel Macron has sent shockwaves throughout Europe after he conceded that French voters would quit the EU if France held an in/out referendum on the Brussels-led bloc.

No other European Union country has risked putting membership of the bloc to a public vote since Britain surprised member-states by voting to leave the bloc in 2016.

However, speaking to Andrew Marr on the BBC, Mr Macron admitted that he would lose a French referendum on EU membership.

Asked about the Brexit vote, the candid president told Marr: "I am not the one to judge or comment on the decision of your people.

"But, my interpretation is that a lot of the losers of globalization suddenly decided it was no more for them."
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 Lawsuit Claims Surgeon At VA Hospital
Left Scalpel In Patient

(Hartford Courant) — An Army veteran from Bridgeport says an MRI revealed that a surgeon left a scalpel in his abdomen four years earlier.

Glenford Turner, 61, went to the West Haven Veterans Affairs Hospital with abdominal pain last March when the surprising discovery was made, according to his lawyer. Turner required surgery to remove the scalpel, and last week filed suit against the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"X-rays revealed the presence of an abandoned scalpel inside Mr. Turner's body. Doctors confirmed that is was the scalpel knife used during Turner's radical prostatectomy – performed four years earlier at the West Haven VA," attorney Joel Faxon of New Haven said in a statement Monday announcing the lawsuit.

Administrators at VA Connecticut Healthcare's West Haven campus could not be reached Monday, which was a federal holiday.
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A Woman Was Denied Swiss Citizenship Because
She's Too Annoying – Again

(Sacramento Bee) — The country of Switzerland has famously stayed neutral throughout every major international conflict since 1815. But don't think for a second the Swiss are pushovers. Just ask Nancy Holten.

Holten, 42, has lived in Switzerland for most of her life, although she was born in Netherlands. She even has three children, who are all Swiss citizens and live with her in the small town of Gipf-Oberfrick, per CNN.

Holten has twice applied for a Swiss passport, which would make her an official citizen of Switzerland. However, in Switzerland, citizenship is not based off a nationwide test like it is in the United States. It's decided on the local level, and the local committee takes into account feedback from the people in the area, according to The Atlantic.

And therein lies the catch when it comes to Holten's passport application – her neighbors don't seem to like her, at all.
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Brigitte Bardot Slams
 #MeToo 'Publicity-Seeking' Actresses

(AFP) — French film legend Brigitte Bardot attacked the #MeToo movement Wednesday, claiming that actresses who complain of sexual harassment were just looking for publicity.

"The vast majority are being hypocritical and ridiculous," she told the French magazine Paris Match.

"Lots of actresses try to play the tease with producers to get a role. And then, so we will talk about them, they say they were harassed," declared the 83-year-old Bardot.

"I was never the victim of sexual harassment. And I found it charming when men told me that I was beautiful or I had a nice little backside," said the actress, who became a sex symbol overnight for "And God Created Woman" in 1956.

Her comments come a week after fellow French star Catherine Deneuve sparked a worldwide feminist backlash by defending men's right to "hit on" women.
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 UK Chain Becomes First In The World To Remove Plastic Packaging From ALL Its Own-Label Products

(Daily Mail) — A UK supermarket will be the first in the world to remove plastic packaging from all of its own-label products.

Iceland's landmark move puts pressure on its rivals to follow suit amid public demands to turn back the tide of plastic pollution.

The company, which has more than 900 stores, has a five-year plan to ditch plastic from all of its own-brand products.

Packaging on 1,400 product lines will be replaced, and the changes involve more than 250 suppliers. First to go will be plastic ready meal trays in favor of wood-pulp alternatives made in Britain. Plastic bags used for frozen vegetables and other food will then be dropped in favor of paper alternatives.

Iceland, which has already removed plastic disposable straws from its own range, is also working on alternatives for plastic bottles and milk cartons.
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Japanese City Uses Emergency Alert System For
Blowfish Recall

TOKYO (CBS News) — A city in central Japan used its emergency loudspeaker system in an attempt to recall four packages of blowfish meat after discovering a fifth one contained the potentially deadly liver.

No one has died. The fish, known as fugu, is an expensive winter delicacy but requires a license to prepare because of the dangers of mishandling. The fugu's liver is mostly toxic and banned.

Regional health officials said Tuesday a supermarket in Gamagori sold five packages of assorted blowfish meat on Monday. The inclusion of the liver in the package could have contaminated the other meat with the fugu poison.

Health authorities found that the store had been selling the liver of the particular kind of blowfish, called "yorito fugu," or blunthead puffer, for years because it's nearly non-toxic, health ministry official Yohei Ohashi said.
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 In A Rarity, The Air Force Temporarily Deploys
Three Kinds Of Bombers To The Pacific

(WaPo) — B-52 Stratofortress bombers began arriving Tuesday at Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, temporarily providing the Pentagon with a rarity as tensions with North Korea percolate: three kinds of bombers in the Pacific.

The six B-52s and 300 airmen from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana will take over the U.S. military's continuous bomber presence mission in the Pacific from a unit of B-1B Lancer bombers at the end of the month, Air Force officials said in a news release.

The mission, which has existed since 2004, is designed to reassure U.S. allies in the region and show strength against China, North Korea and other potential adversaries.

The B-52s and B-1s will be joined in Guam by three B-2 Spirit stealth bombers, which deployed last week from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.
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Australian Father Follows Hunch,
Hires Helicopter To Find Injured Son In Crash


(AP) — A father's hunch in hiring a helicopter to search for his missing son may have saved the teen's life when the chopper spied the 17-year-old's wrecked car on the side of the road.

Tony Lethbridge, of New South Wales, Australia, said he feared the worst when his son, Samuel, did not return home Sunday morning after a Saturday night out with friends in the nearby city of Newcastle.

He reported his son as a missing person to police and then contacted a helicopter service to help him in the search, Sky News reported.

"When I saw the police, they thought he'd run away. I said 'that's not Samuel.' When he doesn't show up or phone, something's seriously wrong," Lethbridge told the Associated Press.
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 Over 1,000 People Charged With Sharing Video
Of Naked Teens On Facebook

(Fox News) — Danish police have charged more than 1,000 people for distributing sexually explicit images and videos after being tipped off by Facebook.

The material that was shared, mostly by young people across the country, consists of sexual content with people who were 15 years old at the time. According to authorities, this could be in violation of section 235 of the country's criminal code – distribution of child pornography.

"It's a very big and complex matter that has taken a long time to investigate. Not least because of the large number of charged. We have taken the case very seriously as it has major implications for those involved when such material is spread," said police inspector Lau Thygesen, of North Zealand Police, in a statement.
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 4 Men Arrested For Trying To Sell A Genie In A Bottle

(Rare) — “I feel like I’ve been locked in tight, for a century of lonely nights, waiting for someone to release me” – somehow these lyrics from the song “Genie In A Bottle” actually apply quite well to the four men arrested on charges of trying to sell a product of the same name in real life.

The largest news agency in India, Press Trust of India (PTI), has reported a story of global importance: four men, including a police driver, tried to con two people into setting up a cash exchange for a wish-granting genie, only to rob the potential buyers of the cash they had on hand, according to police.

The story goes that Tapas Roy Choudhury got a call from a friend that there was a genie in a bottle opportunity, and Choudhury ended up telling another friend, Basudeb Kundu, about this.
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