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A Turkish teenager found dead in a hole next to her house was probably buried alive, a post-mortem examination has revealed. Medine Memi, 16, was found in the hole in December. Large amounts of soil were in her lungs and stomach, according to a source who has seen the report.

2010-02-05

 honour murder Turkey gender tradition
Inuit living on the edge of the Arctic Ocean fear their unique way of life could be destroyed if oil drilling goes ahead.

2010-07-19

 Eskimo Inuit Arctic Ocean oil drilling tradition culture
Peruvian foraging societies were already chewing coca leaves 8,000 years ago, archaeological evidence has shown. Ruins beneath house floors in the northwestern Peru showed evidence of chewed coca and calcium-rich rocks.

2010-12-02

 coca cocaine Peru leaf Bolivia archeology drug medicine history tradition
On one day of the year the Dogon people of Mali can fish in the sacred water of Lake Antogo. It’s every fisherman for himself as the lake is emptied in minutes.

2011-01

 Mali fishing lake Dogon tradition ritual
A law has come into force in Belgium banning women from wearing the full Islamic veil in public.

2011-07-23

 Belgium veil Muslim burka niqab women rights security tradition culture
The Dutch lower house of parliament has passed a law effectively banning the ritual slaughter of animals, in a move condemned by Muslim and Jewish groups. The legislation states that all animals must be stunned before being killed. But the Islamic dhabiha and Jewish shechita methods of ritual slaughter require them to be fully conscious.

2011-06-28

 animal slaughter Netherlands killing stun religion Islam Jewish tradition culture pain suffering
A former factory worker from the British Midlands may be the last living master of the centuries-old Sikh battlefield art of shastar vidya. The father of four is now engaged in a full-time search for a successor.

2011-10-29

 India Sikh martial art culture tradition
After 244 years reference book firm Encyclopaedia Britannica has decided to stop publishing its famous and weighty 32-volume print edition.

2012-03-14

 Encyclopaedia Britannica print online Internet tradition book