Gay traffic lights catch on in Austria

The Austrian city of Salzburg unveiled Thursday gay-themed pedestrian traffic lights after the flashing signals specially installed in Vienna for the Eurovision Song Contest proved a hit. Instead of the usual stick man, the special lights at pedestrian crossings show two figures: either a man or a woman, two men or two women, holding hands,…

British Nobel laureate resigns over remarks about ‘girls’ in labs

British Nobel Prize-winning scientist Tim Hunt has resigned from his post at University College London over controversial comments he made about female scientists. Hunt has apologised for causing offence after his suggestion Tuesday that female scientists could not take criticism without crying and that relationships between men and women in the laboratory disrupted work. The…

Ivory Coast bans skin whitening creams

Ivory Coast has banned skin whitening creams, which are widely used in west Africa, because of fears they cause lasting damage to health, the health ministry said Wednesday. “Cosmetic lightening and hygiene creams … that de-pigment the skin … are now forbidden,” the ministry said in a statement. The ban affects whitening creams and lotions…