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Trainee barristers daren’t skirt the rules

Female trainee barristers in the UK have been told they will lose points in their exams if their skirts are too short. Guidance given to students taking the bar professional training course at BPP University sets out a schedule of point deductions for infringements including "too much shirt undone", "short skirts (women)" and "colourful socks (men)". The list of “offences of professional conduct” itemises the point penalties for students if they are not properly dressed during their advocacy assessment. Colourful socks lose a male advocate a point, while wearing a skirt above the knee would cost a female trainee two points. A trainee whose bra is showing will lose three points, and the same goes for wearing boots with a short skirt. - The Daily Telegraph

WW2 ‘germ warfare’ unit to be named

Japanese scholars will reveal the names of the members of a Japanese World War 2 germ warfare unit that infected and starved Chinese and allied POWs in gruesome experiments. Katsuo Nishiyama, professor emeritus of Shiga University of Medical Science, said his team plans to publish 3,607 names online to encourage further historical study of the unit. Members of Unit 731 of the Imperial Japanese Army, including physicians from Japan’s top medical universities, injected plague and other germs into their victims, tested germ bombs, and artificially caused frostbite to victims while depriving them of sleep and food. - AFP

Bearded HIV singer heads off blackmailer

Austrian bearded drag queen and Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst has announced on Instagram that she is HIV positive, saying she is being blackmailed by a former boyfriend. Wurst, the creation of Austrian singer and artist Tom Neuwirth, 29, said in the post on Sunday the ex-boyfriend was “threatening to go public with this private information”. “I won’t give anyone the right to scare me and to influence my life in this way,” said Wurst, who shot to fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 with her song Rise Like A Phoenix. - AFP

Court lays interfaith case to rest

Bangladesh’s highest court has ruled that a woman who took her life four years ago is a Muslim and can be buried alongside her husband, ending a high-profile legal battle over interfaith marriage. The court ruled that Hosne Ara Lazu did convert to Islam after marrying Humayun Farid Lazu in 2013, despite her family’s insistence that she returned to Hinduism before her death. The families opposed the union and pressured them to call off the match. Lazu, 21, killed himself in 2014 amid the turmoil. When his 18-year-old wife swallowed poison two months later, the families went to court over how she would be buried. - AFP

Last round for social media trolls

British pub chain JD Wetherspoon has closed all of its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts with immediate effect, the company announced on Monday. The firm, which has almost 900 pubs across the UK and Ireland, linked the move to “bad publicity surrounding social media” including the “trolling” of politicians and others, “especially those from religious or ethnic minorities”. Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said “We are going against conventional wisdom that these platforms are a vital component of a successful business. I don’t believe that closing these accounts will affect our business whatsoever.” - AFP

Former Auschwitz guard pleads ignorance

German prosecutors brought charges against a 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard on Monday, accusing him of abetting murder in the latest 11th-hour attempt to use the criminal justice system to address the Holocaust. The unnamed suspect is a German citizen born in Ruma in today’s Serbia. The then 19-year-old began his training as a guard at the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland in October 1942 and worked from December 1942 until January 1943. In this time, at least at least 13,335 were classified as unfit to work and murdered in the gas chambers, the prosecutors said. The suspect said he was “not aware of the background, intent or procedures behind the killing” at Auschwitz. - AFP

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