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How science is using the genetics of disease to make drugs better

By Mark Lawler, Queen’s University Belfast Personalised medicine is the ability to tailor therapy to…

New study highlights precarious state of the world’s primary forests

An estimated 95 percent of the primary forests that existed prior to the advent of…

39 kilotons a year: Mysterious source of ozone-depleting chemical banned since 2009 baffles NASA

A chemical used in dry cleaning and fire extinguishers may have been phased out in…

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

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

Tech News

iPhone 6 launch could be delayed by supply shortage for screens

Suppliers to Apple Inc are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone…

Boeing one step closer to completing its space taxi

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co has completed a key review of its…

Media

Islamic State captors sent rambling email to James Foley’s family before killing him

Journalist James Foley’s jihadist captors sent his family a taunting and rambling email threatening to…

Comparing Hamas to biblical cult of child-killers is neither accurate nor helpful

By David Tollerton, University of Exeter From debates concerning the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to…

U.S. News

State Department bans US diplomats from Ice Bucket Challenge

It is the charity stunt that has got everyone from billionaires to pop stars and…

Last of four Oregon teens sentenced in swastika attack on classmate

An Oregon teenager pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Thursday…

High school band teacher accused of forcing teen girls into bondage sex in AL classroom

A popular former Alabama high school band teacher suspected of forcing at least eight underage…

National Guard begins withdrawal from Ferguson after second straight night of calm

Missouri’s governor ordered National Guard troops to withdraw from the riot-weary town of Ferguson on…

Pope Francis offers condolences to slain journalist James Foley’s family

WASHINGTON – Pope Francis called the family of slain U.S. journalist James Foley on Thursday…

World

Paris relives the joy of liberation, 70 years on

“Paris! Paris outraged! Paris broken! Paris martyred! But Paris liberated! Liberated by itself. Liberated by its people…” The words of…

Lucky koala ‘Sir Chompsalot’ caught by firefighters after falling out of tree

A lucky koala was recovering Friday after being caught by firefighters when it fell unconscious from a tree before being…

UN rights chief slams Syria ‘paralysis’ as death toll tops 191,000

More than 191,000 people have died in Syria, United Nations rights chief Navi Pillay said Friday, hitting out at “international…

German cop faces murder charges for stabbing fellow cannibalism fetishist dead

Berlin (AFP) – A German police officer will go on trial Friday accused of murdering a willing victim he met…

Leprosy: Myanmar struggles with ancient scourge

Mawlamyaing (Myanmar) (AFP) – High in the hills of Myanmar’s war-torn borderlands, a clutch of new leprosy cases among communities…

Ukrainian president pledges to ‘talk peace’ with Putin in upcoming meeting

Donetsk (Ukraine) (AFP) – Ukraine’s president said he will “talk peace” with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin by demanding the…

British Muslim calls for action on jihadi subculture after beheading video

By Kate Holton and Raheem Salman LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A senior British Muslim called on Thursday for action to tackle…

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