Smokers should be given anger management lessons to help them give up smoking, a study suggests.University of California tests on 20 people found nicotine helped calm aggression, but it was more likely from people not wearing nicotine patches. Researchers hypothesised smokers were more likely to be people prone to anger and said tackling this could be a vital part of smoking cessation services. N Read More »
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Latvia's president has nominated former finance minister Valdis Dombrovskis as prime minister and asked him to form a new coalition government.Valdis Zatlers said he had chosen Mr Dombrovskis because he had sufficient support in parliament and because of his knowledge of finance and economics.Mr Dombrovskis, who is a member of the European Parliament, is from the main centre-right opposition part Read More »
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By Heather SharpBBC News, NazarethIt seems everyone on the chaotic, slightly scruffy streets of the Israeli-Arab town of Nazareth is still seething about Israel's operation in Gaza."Nobody agreed to this massacre," says gently-spoken restauranteur Dokhol Safadi, 41, who swears by a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and condemns rocket fire against southern Israel.Until 27 Dec Read More »
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Judy (not her real name), a 26-year-old Kenyan student who had an illegal abortion aged 18, gives the BBC her reaction to US President Barack Obama's recent decision to end a ban on US aid money going to abortion counselling groups."It makes me very angry when I think of what I had to go through. But I am very happy that clinics in Kenya can now provide abortion advice. I was still in second Read More »
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The agriculture minister of Latvia has been forced to resign in the wake of growing protests by farmers, while the government faces a no-confidence vote.Minister Martins Roze announced his resignation even as the cabinet agreed a big rescue package for farmers.On Tuesday they picketed the agriculture ministry and delivered cows' heads in a coffin.Latvia has faced growing public discontent followi Read More »
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Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is holding a "burglary summit" for England and Wales amid fears more homes will be broken into because of the recession.She will meet police, insurance firms, DIY stores and charities for elderly people, as well as launching a crime prevention campaign.Home burglaries in England and Wales started to rise at the end of 2008.Ms Smith said while historically burglaries ro Read More »
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