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WHO warns one in three worldwide has high blood pressure

One in three adults suffers from high blood pressure, a key trigger of heart disease, health experts said on Wednesday while underlining the growing number of cases in developing countries. Canada and the United States have the fewest patients, at less than 20 percent of adults, but in some African…

Catholic group admits high-level priest fathered a child ‘a number of years ago’

An ultra-conservative Catholic group on Wednesday said one of its most senior priests who teaches doctrine at a Vatican university has a child and admitted it knew about the scandal for some time. “The general director and his council are deeply sorry for not having acted earlier and more firmly,”…

‘Scripture Candy’ peddles wares at Sweet and Snack Expo in Chicago

Can a lollipop wrapped in a Bible verse help people come to Jesus? Can a piece of chocolate bring a moment of bliss? Or how about just a bit of comfort after a bad day? A riot of colors, flavors and familiar characters filled the floor of the Sweet and…

China, Japan, U.S. to witness ‘ring’ solar eclipse

At sunrise in some parts of China and Japan and by sunset in thewestern United States, a partial solar eclipse is set to slink across a narrow swath of the Earth on May 20 and 21. Depending on where people are in the eclipse’s path, some may be able to witness an annular eclipse…

Dog, shorts and soccer ball found in Aussie croc

Rangers who shot a saltwater crocodile that was terrorising pets innorthern Australia found a dog, a pair of shorts, a football and a nappy in its stomach, according to a local report. Police had recently notified authorities that a crocodile had eaten at least one dog and was lunging at others on a beach…

GM to pull ads from Facebook

General Motors has confirmed that it is pulling its advertising fromFacebook after determining that paid ads had little impact on consumers. GM has been spending about $10 million on paid advertising and $30 million on unpaid marketing on Facebook. “We are reassessing our Facebook advertising, but we remain committed to very aggressive social media…

Romney wins Oregon, Nebraska primaries

Presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney won primary ballots in Oregon and Nebraska, partial results showed, moving him a step closer to winning his party’s formal White House nomination. Romney won 73 percent of the vote in Oregon against 12.2 percent for Ron Paul, who suspended active campaigning this week, and 5.7 percent for Newt Gingrich, according to results from…

Taiwan president fined for Facebook campaigning

Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou has been fined Tw$500,000 ($17,000) by electoral authorities for urging his Facebook followers on polling day to vote for him, the Central Election Commission has said., the Central Election Commission has said. Taiwanese election law forbids any form of campaigning on voting day. Elected in 2008, Ma won a comfortable re-election victory on January 14. He is due…

Moody’s to downgrade 21 Spanish banks

Moody’s is set to ‘significantly’ downgrade 21 Spanish banks within a week, following a cut of credit ratings on Italian banks, the Spanish economic daily Expansion said on Wednesday. “Sources in the Spanish financial sector are convinced that the agency will lower in a significant manner the ratings of numerous institutions,” said the daily. “The announcement can…

Indonesian organizers fight for Lady Gaga gig

Lady Gaga’s Indonesian promoters have vowed to fight to save her show, despite police denying it a permit and Islamic hardliners threatening “chaos” if she comes to the mostly Muslim nation. Production company Big Daddy reached out on Twitter to Lady Gaga fans, known as “little monsters”, saying it still…

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