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George Michael reveals he woke from last year’s coma with a different accent

British singer George Michael has revealed that he woke from his three-week coma talking in the broad West Country accent spoken in western England. London-born Michael, who almost died of pneumonia at the end of last year, said he was unable to revert to his usual accent for two days…

Throat cancer victim’s self-written confessional obituary goes viral

A US man’s self-written obituary, in which he reminisces about the good times — and makes a few confessions, including never having earned the PhD he claimed in life — has gone viral. Val Patterson, who died of throat cancer last week, professed his abiding love for his wife and…

Expert: Even without a cure the end of AIDS epidemic is in sight

Three decades into the AIDS pandemic an end to new infections is in sight, according to Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “We don’t even know if a cure is possible. What we know is it is possible that we can end this…

Nelson Mandela gets birthday wishes from South Africa’s schoolchildren

South Africa’s schoolchildren sang happy birthday to Nelson Mandela as he turned 94 on Wednesday, a day when he asks the world to honour his legacy by performing community service. The nation’s 12 million schoolchildren began their day with a special birthday song, ringing with the line: “We love you…

India suspends doctors over banned fetal ‘sex tests’

Twelve Indian doctors have been suspended for allegedly conducting prenatal sex tests, a practice banned to stop the abortion of female fetuses that has widened India’s gender gap, officials said Tuesday. The physicians were suspended on Monday from practicing medicine following a court order, said Archana Johri, an official of…

Syrian defense minister killed in suicide bombing

Syria’s defense minister General Daoud Rajha was killed on Wednesday in a suicide bombing targeting the National Security headquarters in central Damascus, state television reported. Security officials told AFP that several other participants attending a high-level meeting were wounded in the blast and taken to Al-Shami hospital in the capital…

Romney mulls early VP announcement

Mitt Romney may be preparing to unveil his running mate sooner rather than later, amid speculation the Republican White House contender is seeking to shift the spotlight away from his business and tax records. Some observers have honed in on this week, and notably Romney’s appearance at a campaign event…

Goldman Sachs developing in-house private bank

Goldman Sachs said Tuesday it is developing its private bank for wealthy clients, particularly in fast-growing countries and in Europe, where it hopes to pick up the slack from struggling local banks. “We’ve been in the wealth business for a long time,” said David Viniar, Goldman’s chief financial officer, said…

Interpol unveils fake goods scanning app with Google

Global policing body Interpol announced a pioneering initiative to crack down on trade in fake goods, using an app developed with the help of search giant Google. The Interpol Global Register (IGR), announced at a Google conference outside Los Angeles, aims to track illicit goods by verifying products through security…

Catholic youth crusade against Madonna in Poland

Singer Madonna is courting controversy again ahead of an August 1 gig in Warsaw, having already been threatened with legal action in France for projecting a swastika on an image of far-right party leader Marine Le Pen. A group of young Catholics has launched an online petition to have the…

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