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The Pope plans to ‘do cocaine’ on his trip to South America

| blog, L&B World, News | July 1, 2015

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His Holiness unwinding with some nuns (Picture Getty)

We should point out immediately that His Holiness isn’t actually intending to hoover up a line of pure cocaine – he’s just chewing the leaves used to make it.

But that’s controversial enough – as coca leaves were classified as a narcotic under the 1961 UN Convention on narcotic drugs.

The Pontiff specifically requested that he chew coca leaves, the raw ingredient for cocaine, on an upcoming visit to Bolivia on July 8

Bolivian culture minister Marko Machicao said that the pontiff had ‘specifically requested’ to chew coca leaves, rather than having coca tea.

Despite the UN ruling, the leaves are licensed in Bolivia, and used traditionally to combat altitude sickness and other ailments.

The Vatican has yet to comment.

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How to stay cool on the hottest day of the year so far

| blog, L&B World, News | July 1, 2015

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 30:  People cool off in a fountain outside the Southbank Centre on June 30, 2015 in London, England. The UK is currently experiencing a heatwave, with temperatures of 35 degree celsius forecast tomorrow in some parts of the country. The extreme heat has already seen train cancellations and a health warning has been issued. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
Why not run through a fountain? (Picture: Getty)

It’s going to be hot today. Really bloody hot. As we said yesterday – groin-swelteringly hot.

In some parts it could get to 35°C on what could be Britain’s hottest day in a decade. Or ever.

Here are a few things you can try to keep cool.

Drink water

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Airports Commission backs new Heathrow runway

| blog, Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, L&B World, UK, Zac Goldsmith | July 1, 2015

Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday July 1 Undated handout file photo issued by Heathrow Airport of of an aerial view of its planned third runway, as the long-awaited report into airport expansion is set to spark fresh controversy among politicians, protest groups and environmental campaigners. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday July 1, 2015. The Airports Commission has spent three years examining the merits of new runways and extra capacity, with the choice whittled down to three options - a third runway at Heathrow, extending an existing one, or building a second runway at Gatwick. See PA story AIR Runway. Photo credit should read: Heathrow Airport/PA Wire
The announcement will likely cause controversy among politicians and environmental groups (Picture: PA)

Heathrow has been named as the preferred… Read the full story

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