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FRANCE

Crackdown on tanning salons

The parliament on Friday approved a draft law banning advertising for artificial tanning beds and salons, and prohibiting people under 18 from using to the popular yet potentially dangerous ultraviolet technology. The text also prohibits selling or giving away sunbeds to non-professionals and is part of a wider health bill expected to be voted into law by year’s end. The bill also introduces requirements that tanning salon staff receive proper training on the health risks of UV ray exposure. Socialist legislator and former skin cancer specialist Michele Delaunay said tanning-induced melanoma is the second-fastest-growing form of cancer, after lung cancer among women. “The number of skin cancer cases is doubling every 10 years,” Delaunay said, adding that experts have substantiated health risks involved to UV ray exposure in sunbeds. There are about 10,700 tanning salons in the nation, and 40,000 sunbeds. Brazil and Australia have both banned minors from using tanning salons. The WHO has warned that “UV radiation plays an important role in the development of skin cancer, cataracts and other eye conditions, and suppresses the immune system.”

AUSTRALIA

Ill man back from Antarctica

A seriously ill man has reached hospital more than two weeks after he suffered a medical emergency at a remote Antarctic base. The Australian Antarctic Division said in a statement that the patient was admitted to a hospital in Hobart on Friday after he had traveled aboard an icebreaker for 4,800km through rough and ice-jammed seas from Davis Station on the coast of Princess Elizabeth Land. The division’s head medical officer, Jeff Ayton, said the patient had been transferred by ambulance from the icebreaker, Aurora Australis, to the Royal Hobart Hospital, where he remained in a serious but stable condition. Authorities have released no personal details about the man and have not revealed the nature of his medical emergency.

RUSSIA

Burglar gives himself up

A burglar in a small town in Siberia has broken into a house and left his photograph with a note of apology. The burglar in Prokopyevsk, about 3,100km east of Moscow, picked the lock on the front door and stole a chain saw as well as several blocks of cigarette packs, the Ministry of the Interior’s department in the Kemerovo region said on Friday. The owner of the house found a photo of the burglar lying on the desk with a handwritten note on the back which said: “I’m going to give myself up today. Please forgive me. I hate myself for this.” Police eventually found the man, who turned out to be a 26-year-old local resident with multiple convictions for burglaries. The police did not say when the burglary happened.

NEPAL

Polish woman drowns

A Polish woman drowned when her boat capsized in a lake in the nation’s west, police said yesterday, as they recovered her body eight days after the accident. The 26-year-old had gone boating with friends last week in Phewa Lake in the Pokhara Valley, about 150km west of Kathmandu, when strong winds overturned the vessel, a locally built wooden boat with no motor. “Her three friends managed to save their lives by swimming to the bank; we recovered her body yesterday,” police official Kedar Rajaure said. Rajaure said that the victim worked at a resort in the popular tourist destination of Pokhara, which attracts thousands of visitors annually thanks to its scenic mountain views and clear, dry winters.

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