World in brief

On Nov. 8, people in Mississippi will cast their vote on the Personhood Amendment, which will decide whether life begins at conception or at birth, according to CNN. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled 7-2 against abortion-rights groups, which wanted to block the possible amendment to the state’s constitution from ever appearing on the November ballot. The court said it is the citizens’ right to amend their state constitution, and a challenge to the amendment would be possible only when and if the proposed change becomes law. The amendment, also known as Measure 26, would extend “personhood” to the unborn, making abortions in the state illegal.

Put out or pay up

A woman in France successfully sued her now-ex-husband and was awarded close to $15,000 after she claimed the couple’s divorce was caused by his inactivity in the bedroom during their 21-year marriage, the London Telegraph reported. The judge assigned to the case referred to article 215 of France’s civil code, which binds married couples to a “shared communal life.” The judge believed that sexual relations are an integral part of a marriage. The ex-husband cited “tiredness and health problems” as reasons why he was not having sex with his wife.

Bonnie and Clyde reimagined

Leah Gibbs’ first date with Adam Minton probably didn’t go as well as she’d hoped. According to Time Magazine, the young Welsh couple met on Facebook and he invited her over to his house to watch some movies. Upon her arrival, he asked her to drive him to his friend’s for a short visit. She dropped him off at a mall parking lot, and he returned minutes later, knife and bag of money in hand, running and ordering her to drive back to his place. The police quickly found the two, and accused Minton of robbing a betting shop and Gibbs of being his accomplice. She spent a night in a jail cell until Minton confessed that he acted alone. He was handed a four-and-a-half year jail sentence.

Dressed to kill
Norwegian bomber Anders Behring Breivik insists on wearing Lacoste polos and sweaters on his visits in and out of prison, and the French fashion house is calling it a “PR nightmare.” Breivik killed 77 people in Oslo and on the nearby island of Utoya on July 22 in a shooting spree and bombing, which makes him the least sought after spokesperson for any company. Lacoste’s trademark crocodile logo can be seen on widely circulated photos of Breivik in the back of a police van in which he is wearing a bright red sweater. Lacoste executives have asked Oslo police to forbid Breivik from wearing their clothes, reported the London Telegraph. Breivik has said that wearing Lacoste makes it possible for him to “act as an educated European of the conservative character.”


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