Our World in 7 Headlines: Oct. 5

By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times
October 5, 2013 Updated: October 5, 2013    

Kuwait: Policewomen to work as ‘undercover’ detectives–First female detectives in Kuwait history

Kuwait is enlisting female police officers as detectives for the first time in 60 years since the Gulf state’s police force was established …

The Interior Ministry hired the policewomen as detectives in order to improve the quality of performance and to inject new ideas in uncovering crimes. Announcing that five policewomen have been assigned to work at the Criminal Investigations Department, a local newspaper noted that the female detectives will work ‘undercover’ secret missions to hunt down suspects and fugitives.

The decision is considered a significant step for Kuwait’s conservative society. …

Kuwait Times 

 

Mexico: Mexico City Working to Control Its Odor Problem

Mexico City—For many, the first experience of Mexico City is a sprawling airport and an appalling stink. It wafts from the manholes and leaves the morning air smelling fresh as a septic tank.

On bad days, it hits travelers as they step off airplanes and follows them through the terminal. It can overpower a pleasant bike ride along the cobblestone streets of the capital’s downtown, or interrupt an alfresco meal in the trendy Condesa neighborhood. …

Huffington Post via Banderas News

 

Spain: Dos and don’ts for dating a Spanish woman

If you’re a foreigner with a love of Latin ladies but you don’t have a clue about how to get them to like you, read up!

We’ve spoken to both expats and locals who have lived abroad about what makes Spanish women tick and how they’re different from other ladies around the world. …

The Local

 

Switzerland: Leonardo da Vinci canvas ‘found’ in Swiss bank

A new painting by Leonardo da Vinci of Renaissance noblewoman Isabella d’Este, which was stored in Switzerland, has been reliably authenticated with carbon dating …

The portrait, which was believed to have been either lost or never even painted, belongs to an Italian family which kept it in the vault of a Swiss bank …

The Local 

 

Japan: Floating Fukushima wind farm to energize region’s hopes and households

NARAHA, Fukushima Prefecture–Within sight of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, a high-tech wind farm that will eventually bring clean energy to thousands of homes is now under construction.

The farm is 20 kilometers off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture.

Fukushima Mirai, a wind turbine on a floating rig foundation, measures 80 meters across and rises 106 meters from the sea surface to the tip of a blade at its highest position. Mirai means future in Japanese. …

Asahi

 

Ireland: Economic forum delegates grapple with the importance of being Irish

For the Taoiseach, at least, Irishness is an indefinable chemistry …

Author Colum McCann argued it was our ability to “be in more than two places” at once (as an artist, he was speaking figuratively, one assumes), while some hours later Taoiseach Enda Kenny proclaimed with a mystical air “it is an indefinable chemistry”. …

A common theme of the day was how Brand Ireland must evolve from visions of The Quiet Man, or even Father Ted, and instead try to appeal to second-, third- and fourth-generation Irish. …

Irish Times

 

Germany: Hungry for German foods abroad

Whether sausage, cheese or caramel candies, German foods are increasingly finding their way onto stores shelves around the world. The industry now earns every third euro abroad. What makes German products so popular? …

Meats, dairy products, confectioneries, bakery products and alcoholic beverages are among the major exports of the German food industry. The industry is the fourth-largest in the country. From January to September 2013, food producers increased revenue by nearly 3 percent compared with the same period a year earlier. Every third euro in the sector now comes from exports. …

Deutsche Welle