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Medically-assisted ‘suicide tourism’ to Switzerland on the rise

A total of 172 “suicide tourists” travelled to Switzerland in 2012, double the 2009 number,…

Ancient scourge? Myanmar still sees 3,000 new leprosy cases a year

High in the hills of Myanmar’s war-torn borderlands, a clutch of new leprosy cases among…

Hot and getting hotter: See how urban heat islands are cooking US cities

Originally published at Climate Central Cities are almost always hotter than the surrounding rural area…

Our life with the Neanderthals was no brief affair

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) – Far from wiping out Neanderthals overnight, modern humans rubbed…

Tech News

New app allows you to shop in a way that reflects your politics

Everyone is talking about the new study by Martin Gilens and Benjamin Page concluding that…

Despite lip service, Silicon Valley venture capital still a man’s world

By Sarah McBride SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – When she started her child-support tracking business SupportPay,…

Media

Shakira hit song ‘Loca’ a copy of 1998 song written by Dominican musician: judge

Colombian pop star Shakira’s 2010 hit song “Loca” is an illegal copy of a tune…

US ‘appalled’ by execution of journalist James Foley

US intelligence was attempting Tuesday to authenticate a video purporting to show an Islamic State…

U.S. News

Los Angeles settles case of disabled man shot dead by police with $5 million payout

The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to pay $5 million to the family of…

ISIS operative who executed journalist James Foley may be a UK citizen

Cameron returns to Cornwall after chairing Cobra meeting following release of video of beheading, apparently…

Obama unlikely to deepen Iraq military involvement, say US officials

Despite outrage at home and abroad over the grisly beheading of an American journalist, President…

Calm largely holds in Ferguson after grand jury opens shooting investigation

Small crowds staged largely peaceful protests late on Wednesday over the fatal shooting of a…

Military weapons cache found in Florida man’s car after racially charged gas station shooting

A Florida man pulled over by police near a university in a Jeep laden with…

World

US accuses Israel of targeting relatives of kidnapped and murdered Palestinian 16-year-old

The United States on Wednesday charged Israel had targeted members of a Palestinian family whose teenaged son was kidnapped and…

Liberia’s Ebola clampdown turns violent as local official and her family are evacuated

Violence erupted in an Ebola quarantine zone in Liberia’s capital Wednesday when soldiers opened fire and used tear gas on…

Three top Hamas commanders and four children among 15 dead in Israeli strike on Gaza

Three senior Hamas commanders and four children were among at least 15 Palestinians killed in Gaza Thursday as Israel stepped…

Pakistani lawmakers meet with protestors pushing to force PM Sharif from office

Islamabad (AFP) – Pakistani ministers and opposition politicians met anti-government protesters on Wednesday, but talks ended for the day with…

German minister accuses Qatar of funding Islamic State fighters

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Development Minister Gerd Mueller accused Qatar on Wednesday of financing Islamic State militants who have seized…

Islamic State jihadists are ‘worse than Saddam,’ Iraqi Kurd commander says

Jihadists targeting minorities are “worse than Saddam”, a Kurdish commander says, standing near a sand barrier at a front line…

Hamas leader Mohammed Deif ‘deserves to die’: Israeli minister

An Israeli cabinet minister on Wednesday justified an air strike on Gaza that killed the wife and child of Hamas…

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