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Stockholm, Sept. 6 (AP): Ten days ahead of national elections, a member of the Christian Democratic Women’s Federation shocked her Conservative party colleagues by calling for more pornography on television.

Teres Kirpikli, a 35-year-old mother of three, said she wanted to help boost the Swedish economy by encouraging people to have more children. “I want erotica and porn on television every Saturday and all day. Then people would feel like having more sex,” Teres Kirpikli said. “I think most people like porn, even though they don’t want to admit it.” Kirpikli, an immigrant from Turkey, is a member of the board of the party’s women’s federation and a municipal councilor in the city of Skoevde, 275 km southwest Svtockholm.

Panda fest

Wolong, China (AFP): China today launched its first ever “panda festival,” an ambitious attempt to stop farmers encroaching further into giant pandas’ scarce natural habitat by helping them rake in the tourist dollars instead. But environmental experts warned that however good the intentions, increased visitor numbers might end up just damaging one of the desperately rare creature’s few remaining living spaces.

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