World news in brief

By Drum Digital
05 December 2013

A woman's baby is stolen from her womb and the Chinese destroy illegal braais. We round-up of some of the stories making news around the world.

Detained woman awoke to find womb empty

A court in Britain ruled that doctors could sedate a pregnant woman to perform a caesarean without her consent.

The lawyer for the Italian woman, forced to have a caesarean section in Britain says the woman had made it clear she wanted to return to Italy to give birth.

Lawyer Stefano Oliva says her client contends she was sedated and then "woke up without the baby in her womb."

It emerged during the hearing at the High Court in London that the toddler had been placed with ‘prospective adopters’ — a further blow for her mother.

France to penalise prostitute clients

French lawmakers on Wednesday approved a controversial bill that will make the clients of prostitutes liable for fines starting at R20,000.

The draft anti-prostitution law was approved by the lower house National Assembly with 268 deputies voting in favour, 138 voting against and 79 abstaining.

The bill was inspired by similar legislation in Sweden which penalises prostitutes' clients with the aim of eliminating the world's oldest profession.

The new bill decriminalises soliciting while shifting the focus of policing efforts to the clients.

Uruguay’s president wants to legalize weed.

Urugua president José Mujica is pushing to legalize the limited government sale of marijuana, calling on foreign governments to support the project.

“We ask the world to help us create this experience,” Mujica said. “It will allow us to adopt a socio-political experiment to address the serious problem of drug trafficking.”

A law that would give the government a monopoly on the controlled sale of legal marijuana has already passed the national legislature’s lower house.

China destroys 500 Beijing braais

More than 500 illegal outdoor barbecues, which Chinese state media say cause "serious air pollution", have been destroyed in Beijing as part of an emergency programme to alleviate the city's often hazardous pollution.

The raids were part of a three-month operation to supervise the barbecues, many of which are operated by ethnic Uighur Muslims from the restive Xinjiang province in China's west.

China has adopted an emergency response programme to try to reduce the pollution, including alternating days for cars with odd and even licence plates to be on the road and closing schools when the smog is particularly heavy.

US Gunman wrote a book about kids being slaughtered

The gunman who massacred 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school had written a book in the fifth grade about children being slaughtered and grew up to become obsessed with mass murders, according to a year-long investigation into the Newton shooting.

Prosecutors closed the case into the Sandy Hook Elementary attack with a report that offered a chilling portrait of 20-year-old Adam Lanza as a loner bound by ritualistic behaviour.

But they were unable to answer the question that everyone has been asking since the tragedy: Why? - Sapa-AFP/AP

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