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Sex: When standing alone makes you stand out

Looking the odd one out may seem like a recipe for mating disaster, but it could make you more attractive to the opposite sex. So said a study Wednesday which may also explain why fashions change. Researchers in Australia used beards to test a theory that some features become more desirable when fewer people have them. They showed women sets of pictures of men: clean-shaven, with stubble, or bearded, and had them rate the men's attractiveness. Men with beards scored better when they were surrounded by clean-shaved faces, and vice versa, the study found.

U.S. anti-gay activist to appeal hate-speech border ban

REGINA - An American anti-gay activist says he plans to appeal a ruling by Canada Customs preventing him from entering the country under hate-speech laws. Peter LaBarbera says he was scheduled to speak at a pro-life meeting in Weyburn, Sask., this weekend when customs officials stopped him at the Regina airport. After he told the officials why he was coming to Canada, LaBarbera says they checked out his group's website and subsequently told him he may be breaking Canadian hate-speech laws.

Hispanics have highest teen pregnancy rate in U.S.

Atlanta, Apr 8 (EFE).- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday released the most recent figures for teenage pregnancies, which historically have been higher among Hispanics. The report says that one in four teen births in the United States is to a girl between the ages of 15 and 17. The CDC says that despite the efforts to prevent pregnancies among girls 15-17, members of this age cohort are still delivering 1,700 babies per week.

Hispanics have highest teen pregnancy rate in U.S.

Atlanta, Apr 8 (EFE).- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday released the most recent figures for teenage pregnancies, which historically have been higher among Hispanics. The report says that one in four teen births in the United States is to a girl between the ages of 15 and 17. The CDC says that despite the efforts to prevent pregnancies among girls 15-17, members of this age cohort are still delivering 1,700 babies per week.

Social pressures force Tunisia women to fake virginity

It happens every April ahead of the summer marriage season, says Tunisian gynaecologist Faouzi Hajri -- desperate brides-to-be beg for surgery to make them "virgins" again for their wedding night. Fearing rejection as "used" women in a conservative Muslim country where premarital sex is nevertheless common, Tunisian women are increasingly opting for the sort of surgery offered by Doctor Hajri. But it doesn't stop them regretting the need to convince new husbands of their purity.

Belgian PM in gay rights plea to African leaders

Belgian Prime Minster Elio Di Rupo urged African leaders attending an EU-Africa summit to respect the rights of minorities, including those victimised for their sexual orientation. The remarks were made at a welcome dinner on Wednesday for some 80 EU and African leaders attending a summit including the presidents of Uganda and Nigeria, where draconian anti-gay laws were recently implemented to international outcry.

Marquis de Sade manuscript is returned to France

The original scroll on which the Marquis de Sade wrote the draft of his novel of sexual depravity, murder and paedophilia "The 120 Days of Sodom" has been returned to France following years of legal wrangling. The parchment piece -- recovered from a cell wall at Paris's Bastille prison -- will go on display in the city from September to mark the bicentenary of the eighteenth century nobleman's death.

Culture clash over tribal wife-swapping in Namibia

Wife swapping among Namibia's nomadic tribes has been practised for generations but a legislator's call to enshrine it in law has stirred debate about women's rights and tradition in modern society. The practice is more of a gentlemen's agreement where friends can have sex with each others' wives with no strings attached. Swinging with an African tribal touch? Or "rape", as some critics see it. The wives have little say in the matter, according to those who denounce the custom as both abusive and risky in a country with one of the world's highest HIV/AIDS rates.

Love, sex and football: a Brazilian extravaganza awaits

Calling all football lovers ...and lovers. June 12, Brazil. Put it in your diary. The date isn't just the big kick-off as Brazil get the World Cup underway against Croatia; it's also Lovers' Day in the host nation. The coincidence of dates heralds a boon for entrepreneurs plying their wares in Brazil's expanding sex toy market. Manufacturers see a host of opportunities on what they have already dubbed "green and yellow sex day" in honor of the national colors.

Love, sex and football: a Brazilian extravaganza awaits

Calling all football lovers ...and lovers. June 12, Brazil. Put it in your diary. The date isn't just the big kick-off as Brazil get the World Cup underway against Croatia; it's also Lovers' Day in the host nation. The coincidence of dates heralds a boon for entrepreneurs plying their wares in Brazil's expanding sex toy market. Manufacturers see a host of opportunities on what they have already dubbed "green and yellow sex day" in honor of the national colors.
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